BR-PR logoAfter more than thirty-five years publishing a literary journal and spearheading a successful non-profit local press, Eric Chock and Darrell Lum are passing the red pen. This November marks the release of a special 35th anniversary issue of Bamboo Ridge, a transitional anthology edited by Eric and Darrell with guest editors Lee Cataluna and Lisa Linn Kanae. It’s the first of several exciting undertakings planned to energize Bamboo Ridge’s role in the literary community and continue its support of Hawaiʻi writers.

There are many other talented individuals lined up to share in the multitude of tasks involved in invigorating Bamboo Ridge and bringing it into the electronic age. But readers and supporters need not fear, Eric and Darrell won’t disappear just yet. They will take the next year to mentor the new staff and also plan to be available for work on special projects now and then.The official turning point for the founding editors will be at the 35th Anniversary Issue book launch and fundraiser:


A Wine & Words Fundraiser and Book Launch

Celebrating Hawai‘i’s oldest and longest running independent literary small press, its founding editors and its exciting future.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 pm

Mānoa Valley Theatre

(readings from the 35th Anniversary Issue and a preview of Brenda Kwon’s The Sum of Breathing)

The 35th Anniversary Issue of Bamboo Ridge features forty-three authors, including new work by all four editors. Featured cover artist is weaver Ruthadell Anderson, noted for her large tapestries hanging in the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the Hawai‘i State Capitol. Accompanying the artist’s profile, “Weaving a Colorful Life,” is a portfolio of color photographs of her work.

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Bamboo Ridge Press was founded in 1978 to publish literature by, for, and about Hawai‘i’s people. It currently publishes two volumes a year: a literary journal of poetry and fiction featuring work by both emerging and established writers, and a book by a single author or an anthology focused on a special theme. Bamboo Ridge Press is an independent non-profit, tax-exempt corporation and is supported through book sales, subscriptions, private donations, and grants.