Ms. Aligned 2: Women Writing About Men is an anthology of fiction, poetry and nonfiction in which 15 women writers explore male thinking, behavior and identity from the male point of view or through a prominent male character.
Ms. Aligned 2 is edited by former Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing intern Connie Pan, Mānoa Editor Pat Matsueda and West Virginia University instructor Rebecca Thomas. The cover features an illustration by Guatemalan artist Súa Agapé.
Contributors include four University of Hawaiʻi graduates—Mary Archer, Adele Ne Jame, Angela Nishimoto and Matsueda. Other writers are Emily A. Benton, Lillian Howan, Sion Dayson, Amy Holwerda, Gerda Govine Ituarte, Cassandra Lane and Shelly Rodrigue.
Jill McCabe Johnson, an award-winning poet and the series editor of the University of Nebraska Gender Programs anthologies, says in the foreword that the Ms. Aligned authors have “portrayed more nuanced representations of the masculine experience that begins with the archetypal and mythological, but troubles it, complicates it, causes us to challenge our own fundamental beliefs against a more complex and realistic array of expression. The challenge is not in being able to portray what is especially or particularly male. The challenge lies in portraying fully realized males, including those aspects of personality somehow deemed ‘feminine.’”
Kristiana Kahakauwila, a hapa writer of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), German and Norwegian extraction, writes, “To read Ms. Aligned 2 is to witness women writers writing forward—out of old tropes, expected ways of being, and into something fresh, memorable, filled with discovery.”