Call for Papers— Guåhan & Hawai’i: Literature and Social Movements

XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scholarly essays, histories, and book reviews for a special issue — “Guåhan & Hawai’i: Literature and Social Movements” — that will be published in 2013.

This special issue takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine how literature and social movements are shaping and re-shaping the Pacific spaces of Guåhan and Hawai’i, two places that have a shared history of U.S. colonialism.

Currently, both Guåhan and Hawai’i are facing major, destructive changes as the U.S. aims to further militarize the islands and realign their military force into the Pacific. Activists, writers, scholars, and community members are resisting these efforts through creative and critical means—reflecting what Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) writer Haunani-Kay Trask called the “confluence of creativities” between literature and social movements.

Topics of interest include militarism, militourism, tourism, colonialism, the media, indigeneity, decolonization, education, activism, identity, rhetoric, aesthetics, gender, and sexuality.

For poems, please send a selection of five pieces. For fiction and nonfiction prose, send between 5-10 pages. For scholarly essays and histories, send between 15-20 pages.  Book reviews should be between 1700-2000 words.

Please email submissions relating to Guåhan to Professor Craig Santos Perez at and submissions relating to Hawai’i to Professor Brandy Nalani McDougall at

Submission deadline is June 31, 2012.

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