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(Photo credit: Jonathan Morse)

The University of Hawaiʻi’s annually published literary e-zine, Vice-Versa has launched its summer 2021 issue highlighting works ranging from fiction, nonfiction and poetry on the genre of mystery from several contributors across the university.

Guest-edited by Jeffery Ryan Long, a doctoral student in the UH Mānoa English department, writers and artists were allowed to openly interpret the genre.

“True knowledge is only an assumption, refuted again and again by the unexplained,” said Long. “In the gap between one fact and the next resides mystery. In this issue we invite readers to sink themselves into those gaps, into the questions that go unanswered.”

UH contributors include poet and fiction writer Angela Nishimoto, who teaches botany at Leeward Community College, retired UH Mānoa English Professor Jonathan Morse showcasing pieces from his blog on art and photography, and Joseph Stanton, a UH Mānoa professor emeritus of art history and American studies who collaborated with sculptor Adam LeBlanc on Nights on B Street, an art and photo exhibition.

Readers can also delve into collaborative commentary about the latest novel by Nobel Prize-winning writer Kazuo Ishiguro. UH Mānoa Pacific Islands studies Professor Alex Mawyer and Virginia-based technical editor Gary Mawyer discuss the artificial intelligence thriller Klara and the Sun, with Vice-Versa founder, Pat Matsueda.

Other contributors include Zoe C. Sims, Sloane Angelou and Marianne Villanueva.