Bamboo Ridge

Bamboo Ridge (in full Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai'i Literature and Arts) is a Hawaii-based literary journal and nonprofit press. It was founded in 1978 by Eric Chock and Darrell H.Y. Lum to publish works by and for the people of Hawaii. In the United States, Bamboo Ridge is one of the longest-running small presses, and is one of the oldest in Hawaii.[1] It was named after a popular fishing spot on Oahu.[2] 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. Both the journal and book are available singly or by subscription.[3]

Bamboo Ridge
DisciplineLiterary journal
Edited byEric Chock and Darrell H.Y. Lum
Publication details
Bamboo Ridge Press (United States)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Bamboo Ridge

Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Lee Cataluna, Rodney Morales, Gary Pak, and Nora Okja Keller are among the writers Bamboo Ridge has published. Yamanaka in particular has credited some of her literary success to the press.[1]


Chock and Lum started Bamboo Ridge in 1978 after they noticed that local authors weren't being published in major literary journals.[4] They published four slim volumes every year.[5] They currently only publish two, an anthology and a single-author collection.[6] As the press grew, so did the size of the volumes.[1]

In 2014 the press partnered with the Hawaii Council for the Humanities to offer discounts to middle- and high-school students purchasing their books. This is part of an effort to increase the amount of local literature read in the school system.[7]

That year, Chock and Lum retired as editors. Since then every issue of the journal has been edited by guest editors.[4]


In 2009 the press received an Outstanding Service Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.[8]

Book publications

  • Nakano, Jiro, 'Outcry from the Inferno: Atomic Bomb Tanka Anthology, Honolulu, Hawaii, Bamboo Ridge Press © 1995 ISBN 0-910043-38-8 [104 pp. 103 tanka by 103 poets]
  • Wang, Wayne, and Diane Mei Lin Mark, Chan is Missing: A Film By Wayne Wang, With Introduction and Screen Notes by Diane Mei Lin Mark (Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1984), ISBN 0-910043-06-X. A special issue of Bamboo Ridge, The Hawaii Writers' Quarterly (the full title at the time), No. 23, Summer 1984.

Further reading

  • Reimagining The American Pacific: From South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond. By Rob Wilson. Durham: Duke University Press. 2000. ISBN 0-8223-2523-3 (paper); ISBN 0-8223-2500-4 (cloth)


  1. Star-Bulletin, Honolulu. "Bamboo Ridge presses on | | Features | /2008/03/04/". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  2. "". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  3. "Bamboo Ridge Press - Journal of Hawai'i Literature and Arts". Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  4. "A New Generation of Editors Take Over After Founders of Hawai'i's Premier Literary Press Retire". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  5. ""Bamboo" thriving". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  6. "A New Generation of Editors Take Over After Founders of Hawai'i's Premier Literary Press Retire". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  7. Tanigawa, Noe. "Bamboo Ridge: Bum Bye Is Now". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  8. "Award Winners | Association for Asian American Studies". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
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