Evelyn Flores is an associate professor of literature at the
University of Guamfocusing on post/counter-colonial studies, Native
and women's studies, and Pacific Island literatures.
Emelihter Kihleng is a poet and author of My Urohs. She completed her Ph.D. in Va'aomanu Pasifika, Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in Aotearoa New Zealand, and has held academic and other professional positions in Pohnpei, Guam, Hawai'i, and New Zealand.
A much-needed and timely collection. This volume not only provides
a comprehensive overview of the literature and art of a region that
long has been underrepresented, but gives voice to the beauty,
diversity, and power that has developed and strengthened these
islands' cultural legacies through their dynamic interactions with
both the region and the world. This should be required reading, not
just for Pacific literature but all literature courses interested
in the ways that local knowledges engage global currents.
Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia is a potent lyrical lamentation from over two thousand islands in the vast Northern Pacific. In this inaugural volume of the New Oceania Literary Series . . . islanders address centuries of still-festering wounds inflicted on their atolls by the world. The authors write to uncolonize themselves, paddling to stay afloat in rising water that's been globally warmed and radiated. They splash rightfully outraged ink all over these pages. Here are tales from inside the reef, from atolls that remember the past and islands that fear the future. . . . The entire volume is a literary manifesto--a symbolic Belauan storyboard, Marshallese stick navigation chart, Pohnpeian urohs skirt, CHamoru creation myth, or Yapese rai stone.-- "The Woven Tale Press"
The value of this collection is immeasurable, for both Micronesian readers and others. The need to find oneself and one's culture represented in literature in the face of overwhelming cultural imperialism and Westernization, what coeditor Evelyn Flores (Univ. of Guam) refers to as a "recovery and assertion process," cannot be overstated. And it is past time for non-Micronesians to pay attention to these important voices.-- "CHOICE, December 2019 (Vol. 57 No. 4)"