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Local poet and professor wins national award

A 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry has been awarded to Craig Santos-Perez, an associate professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who has published three books of poetry, most recently “from unincorporated territory [guma’]” (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014).

A native Chamorro from Guam, Santos-Perez, 36, said in a news release that he was honored and grateful to receive the reward, which carries a monetary award and a four- to six-week writing residency in Marfa, Texas.

“As the first Pacific Islander author to receive the Lannan, I hope this will bring further attention to the literature and political issues of the Pacific,” he said.

The Lannan Literary Awards and Fellowships were established in 1989 and recognize both established and emerging writers. Previous Hawaii winners were Lois-Ann Yamanaka in 1998 and W.S. Merwin in 2004.


David Heenan, a Campbell Estate trustee and former chairman and CEO of Theo H. Davies & Co. who has taught at the Wharton School, the Columbia Graduate School of Business and the University of Hawaii, has published “Hidden Heroes: Servant Leaders Cultivate Success Behind the Scenes” (Watermark, $24.95).

Not everyone can or should be a star, Heenan says, taking the reader through 10 case studies, from ghost writers to Sherpas to adjunct professors. From 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, he will be signing copies of his book at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana, and a portion of book sales from the event will benefit Shidler Business College at UH-Manoa.

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