KRISTIANA KAHAKAUWILA is a hapa writer of kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian), German and Norwegian extract. Her first book, This is Paradise: Stories (Hogarth, 2013), takes as its heart the people and landscapes of contemporary Hawai'i and was named a 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection..

Kristiana Kahakauwila, author

At work on a historical novel set on the island of Maui, Kristiana has published recent excerpts and essays in Kartika Review, Red Ink, Mistake House, and GEO Magazine, among others. Her prizes include the Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as well as national and international artist residencies such as the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Hedgebrook, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Ledig House (now known as Art Omi: Writers), and the BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

Kristiana earned a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Michigan. She was a 2015-16 Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study and is an Associate Professor at Western Washington University. She also teaches in the Low-Residency MFA at the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe. 

Prior to her entree into the world of academia, Kristiana worked as a writer and editor for Wine SpectatorCigar Aficionado, and Highlights for Children

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