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The journal’s most recent issue was distributed in December 2020.

An award-winning journal published by the University of Hawaiʻi Press for the past three decades received a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The biannual publication, Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, features traditional and contemporary writings from the Pacific Rim, one of the world’s most dynamic literary regions.

“We’re very pleased to get this award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which along with UH and UH Press, has been a generous supporter of Mānoa Journal for many years,” said Frank Stewart, the journal’s editor. “I think they appreciate that the journal has 8,000 institutional subscribers in over 100 countries and that it’s praised for its high quality of literature and translation.”

The award was given by the Grants for Arts Projects program which supports projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to cultural heritage and creativity. The grant will support the production of the journal’s 2021–22 issues. Faculty and staff throughout the UH system can read for free on Project Muse.

Mānoa is among 1,073 projects across the U.S. awarded nearly $25 million in funding. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Mānoa is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence and resilience during this very challenging year.”

Mānoa has editorial offices in the UH Mānoa Department of English and is supported by the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature.

The NEA is the only arts funder in the U.S.—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Each year, it awards thousands of grants to provide all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

This work is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Excellence in Research: Advancing the Research and Creative Work Enterprise (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

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