Kapena Landgraf

Contact:
kapenaml@hawaii.edu

Office hours:
By appointment. Room: KUY 225


Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, 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 currently attend UH – Mānoa as a Ph.D. candidate in English. My concentrations are Indigenous Hawaiian literature, 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. As I tell all my students: "No shame.  Come talk story with me." Mālama!

Publications


Short Stories:
  • "'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
  • Historical Fiction
  • Epistolary Novels

Awards


  • 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


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

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Summer Semester 2016
  • ENG-272: Culture & Lit: (Session I)
  • ENG-273: Creative Writing: (Session II)

Fall Semester 2015
  • ENG-100: Composition I