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Da Conversation: Reflecting on Remains
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5:33:23 AM

During the last month, while sorting through my heap of legal pads, notebooks, scrap papers, and printouts, I couldn’t help but reflect on the meat of the writing process. The fodder for further creativity ...


August Year of the Ram Writing Contest : )
Saturday, August 08, 2015 7:00:57 PM

Okay, there is still no new website : ) Here's the theme for this month's contest: respite. You can either write a haiku, or you can write a piece that's exactly 100 words. Good luck : ...


July Winners : )
Saturday, August 08, 2015 6:51:48 PM

Okay it's too hard to decide on a single winner. So everyone wins this month. You all win ten bamboo bucks to use at the online bookstore. Just mention that you're a July winner when you check ...


July Year of the Ram Writing Contest : )
Friday, July 03, 2015 6:57:09 PM

Okay, here we go for July. The theme this month is "waiting." You can either write a haiku, or you can write a 100 word piece -- exactly 100 words. Don't forget to click the Year of the ...


June Winners : )
Thursday, July 02, 2015 12:55:55 AM

Okay, the judges had a tough time trying to decide on the winners for June. Almost had one fistfight. So we compromised. Everybody wins this month. You have all won 10 Bamboo Bucks to use at the online ...


New Author Site
Saturday, June 06, 2015 3:27:24 AM

Aloha all, I just launched my new site:, check it out, follow, share. With the upcoming release of my debut novel, 'Between Sky and Sea: A Family's Struggle' ...


Ooops! My mistake. Here's the writing contest information for June : )
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 6:09:35 PM

Even though the new site is not up yet, we're anticipating it anytime now. To celebrate, we're running a Great Year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat Writing Contest for June. The theme is: Beginnings And ...


Sorry, but the new Great Ram/Sheep/Goat Writing Contest is postponed.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 8:42:10 PM

Until the new BR site is up and running, we'll have to postpone our monthly contest.


Great Fun!
Sunday, March 15, 2015 7:40:35 AM

Thank you Kanuikapono School for your hospitality. I so enjoyed working with all of you. My thanks to all the students and teachers for a wonderful experience. Listening to the students chant the welcoming ...


Primingthepump Exercise
Monday, March 02, 2015 9:15:59 PM

It's hard to write cold. It's unrealistic to have students write, after you say WRITE! Here are a few short exercises that I think can help. Go to "Teachers' Corner" of "Renshi ...


Morning at Kanuikapono Charter School, Anahole, Kauai
Monday, March 02, 2015 5:15:46 PM

Our morning at Kanuikapono Charter School in Anahole, Kauai Going to Kauai is like going home. Both my mother and father were born there. So beyond the new buildings and the traffic lights the landscape ...


BOGO goes to Kauai: Mahalo Kanuikapono
Monday, March 02, 2015 9:39:34 AM

It was a first for the BOGO (Buy One Get One Unreal Deal) Authors: a charter school on the island of Kauai. As for me, it could not have been a better experience. Being a nurse by day (Poet by night), ...


The Great BR Year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat Writing Contest : )
Sunday, March 01, 2015 4:31:31 AM

As we do every year of the contest, we will take March off in order to recover from Chinese New Year. See you for the all new writing contest in April : )


Ku'u Home
Friday, February 13, 2015 9:56:05 PM

Yesterday the renshi poets gave a reading of a powerpoint created by Christy based on Ku'u Home, the theme chosen for the 6th,7th and 8th graders of Punahou. We made our presentation to a crowd of ...


Friday, January 30, 2015 4:56:56 AM

Triggers for February: 1. they vanish the minute you ignore them [sp5] from “Going Down, Friend,” by David James 2. or we’d all end up slitting our wrists [sp5] from “The Helpless,” by R. Zamora ...


From BAMBOO RIDGE Issue Number 103, BEYOND GREEN TEA AND GRAPEFRUIT, Poems and Stories by Gail N. Harada
Friday, January 30, 2015 4:55:12 AM

Triggers for February: 1. that’s how she got the name 2. tried unsuccessfully not to start crying again 3. was this a good sign 4. it didn’t make sense 5. the father watching his son 6. ...


From BAMBOO RIDGE ISSUE Number 102, `EWA WHICH WAY, a novel by Tyler Miranda
Monday, December 29, 2014 8:31:09 PM

Triggers for January: 1. we went straight to doing chores 2. I still thought about Halloween 3. I rolled my eyes 4. I shrugged it off like it was no big deal 5. at least [i]this[/i] ...


From BAMBOO RIDGE Issue Number 101, THE NANJING MASSACRE: POEMS, by Wing Tek Lum
Monday, December 29, 2014 8:29:52 PM

Triggers for January: 1. responding to heaven 2. we would without question be victorious 3. in the same situation 4. it was not worth the effort 5. so one last attempt is made 6. ...


From BAMBOO RIDGE Issue Number 99, THREE YEARS ON DOREEN’S SOFA, by Lee Cataluna
Sunday, November 30, 2014 5:38:21 PM

Triggers for December: 1. that’s uncalled for 2. all she cared about 3. I was a changed man 4. Shoot. I am there 5. oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah 6. can I get you a cold beverage? 7. ...


From BAMBOO RIDGE Issue Number 98
Sunday, November 30, 2014 5:37:17 PM

Triggers for December: 1. what a strange creature “J. Waldman, 1860 – 1953 ,” Peter Van Dyke 2. I think I just need to practice “No Place Like Paradise,” Gail N. Harada 3. by men of all ...