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Authors Garrett Hongo and Janine Oshiro have been named this year’s winners of the Elliott Cades Awards for Literature, the most prestigious literary awards in Hawai‘i.
The nonprofit Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council, which is charged with hosting the awards program, selected Hongo to be the recipient of the award for an established artist. Oshiro was named the winner of the award for an emerging artist.
Hongo, a poet who is a professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon, was honored for a lifetime of work that reflects his life in and out of Hawaii. Born in Volcano, Hawai’i, in 1951, he attended Pomona College and the University of Michigan and received his master’s of fine arts in English from the University of California at Irvine.
His collections of poetry include Coral Road; The River of Heaven , which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Yellow Light. He is also the author of Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i (1995), and he has edited Songs My Mother Taught Me: Stories, Plays and Memoir by Wakako Yamauchi and The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America. His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Oshiro, who teaches at Windward Community College was born in Kahaluu and raised in Mililani. She graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., received her master’s degree in writing from Portland State University, and studied at the University of Iowa Writers’ workshop. She is a Kundiman fellow and the recipient of a poetry fellowship from Oregon’s Literary Arts. Her first work, Pier, was published last year. Her work has been praised as multidimensional poems that seek to “identify the self that straddles both spiritual and physical worlds.”
The Cades Awards, given annually since 1988, were created by Charlotte and J. Russell Cades in memory of Russell’s brother, Elliott, a teacher and lover of literature. They are given each year to honor the highest literary achievement in the state.
The Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council was founded in 1974 to encourage and promote literature and literary activity of all sorts in Hawai‘i. Since then, thousands of literary events in Hawai‘i – poetry and fiction readings, workshops, conferences, seminars – have been sponsored, co-sponsored, or promoted by the Council.
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A Brief History of the Hawai’i Literary Arts Council
THE Hawaii Literary Arts Council was founded in 1974 to encourage and promote literature and literary activity of all sorts in Hawai’i. Since then, almost every literary activity in Hawai’i–poetry and fiction readings, workshops, conferences, seminars–involving the full range of local writers and visiting writers, has been either sponsored, co-sponsored, or promoted by HLAC. The list of writers supported by HLAC is huge, including W. S. Merwin, Reuel Denney, and Nobel Prize-winner Czeslaw Milosz, to name three.
HLAC supports all the local literary reviews and magazines that contact –Hawai’i Review, Chaminade Literary Review, Manoa, Bamboo Ridge, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Rainbird, and many others over the years.
HLAC is non-profit, supported by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the NEA, and, crucially, its membership and volunteers. If you are interested in literature as a reader or writer, consider joining HLAC.