Michael Shapiro of Honolulu was named winner of the James
M. Vaughan Award for Poetry at HPU, for his group of three
poems: “After Us,” “Empire of Light,” and “Epilog.” He
will receive a $500 check and will be recognized at HPU’s
seventh annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops on March 13,
at the Hawai‘i Loa campus in Kane‘ohe.
Shapiro’s winning poems, which were selected from 150
entries statewide, will be published in volume 18 of HPU’s
literary magazine, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, scheduled
for release this summer.
After Us” is about what the earth would be like after
the human race is gone; “Empire of Light” is about
the presence of light even through clouds “heavy as stones
above a dark house”; the third poem, “Epilog,” is
about relating to another.
These poems are outstanding because of their imagination and
form, their unusual subject matter, and the way they seem to
be related to each other,” commented poetry judge and
HPU English instructor Patrice Wilson.
In addition, an honorable mention award was given to HPU
student Dan Manzanares, for his poem “The Grip,” which
will also be published in Hawai‘i Pacific Review.
The James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry is named after HPU
alumnus James M. Vaughan who established a fund to enhance
and poetry programs at HPU. Each year HPU recognizes a
writer for an outstanding poem or group of poems.