By Pacific Island Times News Staff
The Na’huyong CHamoru anthology project, in collaboration with University of Guam Press, is seeking creative writing by CHamoru authors from Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and across the diaspora to be included in this first anthology of its kind.
Project Director Evelyn Flores and the project’s editorial board chose the CHamoru word na’huyong, meaning “let it out,” because of its imperative voice and its sense of urgency.
The editorial board includes leading names in CHamoru literary production living in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the CHamoru diaspora: Anne Perez Hattori, Craig Santos Perez, Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Teresita Perez and Andrew Roberto.
Like the earlier “Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia,” co-edited by Flores and published by University of Hawai‘i Press in 2019, Na’huyong seeks to carve out literary space for, in this case, CHamoru writers, wherever Pacific Island literature or indigenous literature is being taught.
“We have i manCHamoru writing ferociously,” Flores said, “but we don’t have us visibly all together forming a critical mass.”
The project aims to change this through its resulting anthology that will bring to classrooms across the world some of the best in CHamoru writing.
Interested individuals may submit up to three selections from their best work, whether poetry, short stories, one-act plays, essays, or excerpts from novels or memoirs.
Submission packets should include a cover page; three of the author’s best works; a brief author biography; and contact information that includes a mailing address, email address, and phone number.
Writers may access the official Call for Submissions, required forms, and further information at www.uog.edu/uogpress/nahuyong-call-for-submissions.
Submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of Dec. 31.
UOG Press will also be hosting creative writing workshops throughout the island from July through November. The workshops will provide an opportunity for work to be vetted before submitting it to the anthology or to other UOG Press projects. More information on UOG Press’s island-wide workshops will be forthcoming. (UOG)