Announcing Ms. Aligned 2

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Ms. Aligned offers a stellar showcase. From an impassioned premise surfaces such a platter of beautiful surprises. The voices are distinct and diverse, the narratives all admirably rendered. The reader comes away with a soft wisdom. Of what it means to be relational. Of what it means to be complex, gendered beings navigating our heavy, exacting world. Fascinating and extraordinary!
Desmond Kon Zhicheng Mingdé

With the generous support of the SEED IDEAS program of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, we have produced the second edition of our women’s anthology. Published by El León Literary Arts and featuring several new contributors, Ms. Aligned 2 is available in a print edition from CreateSpace. The 128-page paperback is $15.

For the month of November, we ran a giveaway campaign on Goodreads. People who entered by the 30th had the chance to win one of five free copies. To read about the results, please see our Facebook page.

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Ms. Aligned 2 by Connie Pan

Ms. Aligned 2

by Connie Pan

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Inside the Book

To get a peek at what’s in Ms. Aligned 2, see our Table of Contents. There are four short stories, two novel excerpts, nine poems, and two nonfiction narratives—as well as a foreword, preface, and introduction. To read about the writers and our cover artist—Guatemalan illustrator Súa Agapé—go to our Contributors page

Support the Ms. Aligned Project

In addition to obtaining institutional support, we are raising funds through GoFundMe. If you haven’t already made a donation, please consider it. Donors will receive complimentary copies of the book, and donations will enable us to reach more readers.

Editorial and Promotional Team

  • Connie Pan (senior editor), a fiction writer originally from Maui. She received a BA in creative writing from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in fiction from West Virginia University. Her writing has appeared in Rosebud Magazine, Hawai‘i Review, and Bamboo Ridge. “The Patron Saint of Exits,” an excerpt from her novel in progress, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
  • Pat Matsueda (coeditor), a poet and fiction writer who helps manage the editorial office of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, an international literary magazine published by the University of Hawai‘i Press. Her novella, Bedeviled, was published earlier this year.
  • Rebecca Thomas (associate editor), a fiction and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, ZYZZVA, The Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday and other journals. In 2015, she received a Pushcart Prize nomination for fiction. She received her MFA in creative writing from West Virginia University and now lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she teaches writing.


Announcing the publication of Ms. Aligned 1

coverMs. Aligned is now available as an ebook in PDF (ISBN 978-1-329-97077-9) from; price is $4.99. Warmest thanks go to SEED IDEAS, a unit of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, for helping to make this project possible.

The poems and stories and conversations in Ms. Aligned pay homage to the complex relationships between men and women. The female perspectives presented here—male creations/female creators—dissect, prod, query, challenge, validate, negotiate, and, ultimately, emancipate the gender boundaries that we otherwise take for granted. The effect is a wonderful loosening of the physical world, of our selves.—Samrat Upadhyay

The writings in Ms. Aligned are, in the original sense of the word, astonishing — yes, they surprise us, but they also stun, bewilder, and dismay. Whatever the best expectations for such a collection may be, this one lives up to them. And more important, it exceeds them.—Hayan Charara