Rodney Morales


Office hours:
Wednesdays & Fridays, 2-3 p. m. and by appointment

Born and raised on the island of O'ahu.


Rodney Morales is the author of two novels, For a Song (2016), and When the Shark Bites, (2002), and a short story collection, The Speed of Darkness (1988). He is also the editor of a collection of essays, poetry and art titled Ho‘i Ho‘i Hou: a tribute to George Helm and Kimo Mitchell (1984). His stories have been published in numerous journals, and anthologized in Rereading America (Bedford-St. Martins, 1992) and Growing Up Puerto Rican (William Morrow, 1997).

Areas of Interest

Contemporary fiction, the detective novel, film noir, the literatures of Hawai'i and the Pacific, creative nonfiction, and songwriting.


College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Excellence in Teaching Award (2006) Elliot Cades Award for Literature (2005) Two-time Grand Prize winner of the Honolulu Magazine Fiction Contest (1987, 1994)


BA, MA, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-272: Intro to Lit: Culture & Lit: Mystery Fiction
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing: Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing: Fiction/Creative Nonfiction

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-273: Creative Writing: Lyric – Writing
  • ENG-716B: Seminar in Techniques in Fiction: Noir & Contemporary Society

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-272: Lit & Culture:
  • ENG-412: Nonfiction Writing

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing (Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction)
  • ENG-613C: Graduate Writing Workshop (Fiction): Craft of the Novel