Kapena Landgraf

Contact:
kapenaml@hawaii.edu

I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii where I spent much of my childhood in the plantation towns of Pepe’ekeo, Pāpa’ikou, and Onomea before my family moved to Kaūmana in upper Hilo.  I graduated from Hilo High School in 2006 and attend UH – Mānoa as a Ph.D. candidate in English. In the summer of 2018, I returned home to Hilo to teach as an instructor at Hawai'i Community College while continuing my studies at Mānoa at distance.  My concentrations are Indigenous Hawaiian literature in English, local literature of Hawaiʻi, and creative writing pedagogy.  As I specialize in creative writing, I hope to develop a creative writing course/workshop which adopts/observes Native Hawaiian story-telling (mo'olelo) practices and Native Hawaiian literary strategies and devices first articulated in the works of Dr. Hiapo Perreira and Dr. ku'ualoha ho'omanawanui.  

Publications


Short Stories:
  • "'Muliwai." Hawai'i Review, vol. 87, 2017.
  • "'Lehua." Red Ink Journal - Standing Rock Edition, vol. 19.1, 2017.
  • "'Ai Pōhaku." Hawai'i Review - Occupying Va, vol. 85, 2016, pp. 139-140.
  • “Hoe Uli." Bamboo Ridge - A Journal of Hawai'i Literature and Arts, vol. 108, 2016, pp. 25-39.
  • “Nā Iwi.” IKA Journal, vol. 4, 2016, pp. 93-94.
Editing:
  • Fiction Editor of Hawaii Review, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Student Media Board, August 2015 – May 2016.
    • Issue 83 – “Literature of Crime."
    • Issue 84 – “2016 Ian Macmillan Writing Awards.”

Areas of Interest


  • Creative Writing Workshop Pedagogy
  • Place-Based Narratives (Hawai'i, Polynesia, Oceania)
  • Short Stories and Flash Fiction
  • Narratology
  • Historical Fiction
  • Epistolary Novels

Awards


  • Patsy S. Saiki Award for Fiction – 3rd Place, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2017.
  • Patsy S. Saiki Award for Fiction – 2nd Place, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2016.
  • Bamboo Ridge Editor’s Choice for Best New Writer, Issue #108, Spring 2016.
  • Patsy S. Saiki Award for Fiction – 1st Place, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2015.
  • John Young Endowed Scholarship in the Arts, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Spring 2015.
  • Patsy S. Saiki Award for Fiction – 2nd Place, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2013.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, May 2011.
  • Myrle Clark Award for Creative Writing, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Department of English, May 2008.

Education


  • BA English - Creative Writing (2011), University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
  • MA English - Creative Writing (2013), University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Courses


Summer Semester 2018
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-273: Intro to Lit: Creative Writing. “Cultural Crossroads: Hawai’i’s Modern Writers and their Stories”

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Summer Semester 2017
  • ENG-273: Intro to Lit: Creative Writing (Session I)

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-273: Creative Writing: Short Stories of Hawaii