Our mission

Launched in 1989, MANOA strives to bring the literature of Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas to English-speaking readers. To date, the journal has published fifty volumes, about 10,000 pages, and over 1,200 writers, translators, reviewers, and editors. In addition, MANOA sponsors readings, exhibits, performances, and other events.

Twice a year, MANOA presents outstanding contemporary writing — often in new translations — from throughout the region. Past volumes have featured new work from such places as the People’s Republic of China, Tibet, Nepal, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, French Polynesia, the Pacific Islands, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Canada, Mexico, and South America.

Works in MANOA have been cited for excellence by the editors of such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and Pushcart Prize. MANOA has also received national awards for its design and editorial excellence.


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