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L-R: Joseph Han, Rajiv Mohabir and Hala Alyan

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Creative Writing Program is welcoming back audiences for its fall 2022 Words@Mānoa Literary Series. The public is invited to attend free literary events featuring award-winning writers Joseph Han, Rajiv Mohabir and Hala Alyan.

“We are excited to bring back the warmth of in-person gatherings and the opportunity to meet with writers in person and hear their work,” said Shawna Yang Ryan, UH Mānoa associate professor of English and director of the UH Mānoa Creative Writing Program.

Additionally, there will be an online event with novelist Devi Laskar, who won awards for her debut novel The Atlas of Reds and Blues. Mohabir and Alyan will be visiting Hawaiʻi from the East Coast.

More on the award-winning writers

The writers represent a diversity of genres. Han was named a 2022 National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree for his debut novel, Nuclear Family.

Alyan is a poet and novelist, and her novel, Salt Houses, was the winner of the Arab American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Poet and translator

Mohabir is a professor at Emerson College. He was a finalist for the 2022 PEN Open Book Award and the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.

All events are located on the UH Mānoa campus. Masks are strongly encouraged.


Joseph Han

  • Thursday, October 6
  • 3–4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kuykendall Hall 410

Rajiv Mohabir

  • Wednesday October 12
  • 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Location: Kuykendall Hall 409

Hala Alyan

  • Tuesday, October 18
  • 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Location: Kuykendall Hall 410
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