Edited by Cathy Song and Donald Carreira Ching, BAMBOO RIDGE Issue #115 is a memorable anthology of poetry and prose by thirty-three authors from diverse backgrounds. With a third of the writers new to the pages of BAMBOO RIDGE, the issue showcases both emerging writers and the work of established authors such as Sue Cowing, Cate Gable, Jim Harstad, Lanning C. Lee, Darrell H. Y. Lum, Wing Tek Lum, Christy Passion, Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo, Eric Paul Shaffer, John E. Simonds, Jean Yamasaki Toyama, and Mahealani Wendt. Cover art and an artist profile and portfolio feature Kaiʻili Kaulukukui, whose paintings and murals promote Hawaiian values of land, ocean, and cultural preservation.
Cathy Song is the award-winning author of five poetry collections and co-editor of SISTER STEW: FICTION AND POETRY BY WOMEN and YOBO: KOREAN AMERICAN WRITING IN HAWAIʻI..
Donald Carreira Ching, who teaches at Leeward Community College, is the author of BETWEEN SKY AND SEA: A FAMILY'S STRUGGLE and co-editor of BAMBOO RIDGE Issue #110.
With work coming from ‘Ewa Beach to Singapore, you will read authors from across the state, the nation, and the world whose writing engages with themes and subjects that intersect across these pages and in our everyday lives here in Hawaiʻi. In addition to established talent and names you may recognize, you will find that nearly half of the work published comes from emerging talent and authors who have never been published in Bamboo Ridge before. You will also find a number of selections from Bamboo Shoots, a monthly writing contest that has become an online community for writers of all backgrounds to interact and post their works.
We are also pleased to feature the art of painter-muralist-artist Kaiʻili Kaulukukui, whose work tackles the personal and social with an emphasis on marine life and native culture. Overall, we hope that this issue continues the mission of Bamboo Ridge Press to publish and promote local authors, local writing, the arts in Hawaiʻi, and work by and about Hawaiʻi’s people.
Donald Carreira Ching
Guest Editors, Bamboo Ridge Issue #115