Septembah Year a da Rat Writing Contes Winnahs. Yay : )

Ho was tough.  I tell you da judges was cogitating long time ova many beahs, an finally dey killed one 12-pack, an finally one more 12-pack before dey figgah out get one tie. Yeah!  Fo real.  WoooHooo, two awards.  Congrats to Joy Gold and Darrell Lum. You know da drill.  You each won 10 Bamboo…

Bamboo Ridge Writers Institute V(irtual)

We’ve missed seeing you and hope you’ll join us for a weekend of writing and talk-story. Come ZOOM with us! *Students get half-off tickets and masterclasses!Email us at to get a code to use at check-out! Saturday, October 24 <9:15 am – 10:30 am>Getting Published & Publishing in Hawai‘iDavid DeLuca, Craig Santos Perez, Dawn Sakamoto…

Open Call to College-Aged Artists

Bamboo Ridge Press is an independent, Hawai‘i-based nonprofit in search of a college-aged (17-22) artist from Hawai‘i to reimagine our fish logo for a special, limited-edition merchandise and fundraising project run on printful.com.  The artist whose work is chosen will receive a $50 honorarium; a book bundle; choice of a shirt or tote; and will…

July Year of the Rat Writing Contest Winner : )

Eh, Doreen Beyer, guess what?  That’s right.  You’ve won a new car — oh, wait, Darrell said we gave away too many cars already, so you gotta settle for Bamboo Bucks.  Not just one, but ten!  Count um, Doreen.  Ten whole Bamboo Bucks, Doreen.  That’s almost better than the new car Darrell isn’t going to…

Event—For the Love of the Arts: A Fundraiser & Book Launch Featuring Cathy Song

FOR THE LOVE OF THE ARTS: A FUNDRAISER & BOOK LAUNCH FEATURING CATHY SONG To keep our local arts alive, Manoa Valley Theatre (MVT) and Bamboo Ridge Press are collaborating to host a joint fundraiser featuring award-winning poet Cathy Song on Saturday, September 12 at 4:00 PM. Limited in-person seating is available through the Manoa...

Challenges and Changes in 2020: An Open Letter from Wing Tek Lum

Dear Fellow Lovers of Local Literature: Some of you may recognize my name as a writer whose poems have been published in Bamboo Ridge. However, I am now writing in my capacity as business manager of Bamboo Ridge Press, a position that I have been honored to serve since 1986. On behalf of our nonprofit...

On Bamboo Ridge Lineage

Recently, we launched a new series on our social media entitled Bamboo Ridge Lineage. We asked members of the Bamboo Ridge ‘Ohana who some of their writing influencers are including which books or authors have impacted the way they think about writing craft and literature. For this project, we wanted to highlight the ways in…

A Pandemic in Renshi

Renshi, linked poetry, is an important part of our Bamboo Ridge identity. Our four renshi poets (Ann Inoshita, Juliet S. Kono, Christy Passion, and Jean Yamasaki Toyama) have collaborated on two books of poetry and have hosted numerous workshops across the islands and in major cities on the Continent. They are always encouraging others to...