Serie (Cherie) Barford was born in Aotearoa to a Samoan-born mother (Stunzner/Betham/Leaega of Lotofaga and Fulu / Jamieson of Luatuanu‘u) and a pālagi father. Her latest book, Tapa Talk, was published in 2007, and her works have appeared in multidisciplinary books, journals, and Web sites.
Keith L. Camacho is a Chamorro writer from the Mariana Islands and a former creative writing student of Albert Wendt. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the Asian American Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. His book Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory, and History in the Mariana Islands is forthcoming from the University of Hawai‘i Press in the Pacific Islands Monograph Series.
David Chappell is associate professor of Pacific Islands history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. For more than a decade, he has been focusing his studies on the French Pacific territories, especially Kanaky New Caledonia.
Sia Figiel, internationally acclaimed Samoan author of Where We Once Belonged (1996), has had her work translated into at least eight languages. Author of two novels, a novella, a collection of poetry, and a collaborative spoken-word cd, she works and lives with her sons in American Sāmoa.
Jon Fraenkel is a senior research fellow with the State, Society, and Governance in Melanesia Program at the Australian National University. He previously worked for eleven years at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. He specializes in Pacific electoral systems, political science, and economic history.
April K. Henderson is a lecturer in Pacific studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She researches and teaches about popular cultures and processes of migration, diaspora, and globalization in Pacific communities. She is currently drafting two book manuscripts derived from over a decade of work on hip hop music, dance, and visual art in the Pacific.
Ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui grew up in Wailua Homesteads, Kaua‘i. She is a published poet and an assistant professor of Hawaiian literature in the English Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is a founder and current chief editor of ‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal.
Monica A. Ka‘imipono Kaiwi is head of the English Department at the Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, where she teaches Hawaiian, Pacific, and world literatures. She earned her master’s degree in English from the University [End Page 501] of Auckland (1998–2001) where, under the supervision of Albert Wendt, she focused on contemporary Hawaiian literature.
Solomon Kantha is the National Programme Officer for the International Organization for Migration in Papua New Guinea. Kantha holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His areas of interest are international relations, international political economy, comparative politics, and public policy.
Emelihter Kihleng is a poet from Pohnpei Island, Micronesia. She first met Albert Wendt in 2004 when he was awarded the Citizens’ Chair in the English Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she was a graduate student. Her first collection of poetry, My Urohs, was published in 2008.
Cresantia Frances Koya is a member of the Fiji-based Niu Waves Writers’ Collective, vasu Pacific Women of Power, and the MamaHanua Initiative; she lectures in education and Pacific studies at the University of the South Pacific. She published a collection of poetry titled Of Schizophrenic Voices in 2002, and is working on two more collections, “Without Apology,” and “Marking Their Stories On My Skin,” examining ethnicity, social commentary, and diaspora. Her works primarily focus on the multimedia experience.
Lily Laita is a mixed-media artist who works with paint, print, and ceramic sculpture. Her work challenges stereotypical representations of Pacific peoples and focuses on different ways that cultures communicate and record knowledge. She teaches art at high school in Aotearoa / New Zealand and has been instrumental in encouraging mainstream recognition and appreciation of Pacific art.
Nic Maclellan works as a journalist and researcher in the Pacific Islands and is a regular contributor to Islands Business magazine and other regional media. He is author or coauthor of several books, including La France dans le Pacifique: de Bougainville à Moruroa (1992); After Moruroa...