Writers/Ph.D. students in the UHM Creative Writing Program are this month’s MIA lineup! Check out their bios below.
Born and raised in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Kapena spent much of his childhood in the plantation towns of Pepe’ekeo and Papa’ikou along the Hamakua coast. His family later moved to the Kaumana area of upper Hilo where he attended Hilo High School, graduating in 2006. Kapena moved to Oʻahu to attend UH – Mānoa in that same year, eventually earning both his BA and MA in English. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in English, Kapena is the current Fiction Editor of Hawaiʻi Review and is an avid reader of indigenous Hawaiian literatures and local literatures of Hawaiʻi.
Jeffery Ryan Long lives in Honolulu and is a student in the English Department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Lee Kava is a hafekasi musician of Tongan descent, currently dreaming/scheming about how she might produce an album and make it an acceptable form of completing her Ph.D. in English at UH Mānoa. She is the founder of the Pacific Verse, a music-writing workshop series that works with participants to create original lyrics and music using indigenous Pacific languages. She dedicates her work to the genealogy of creative expression in Oceania, and hopes to make positive social change through Pacific music and poetry.