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 are producing a second edition of our women’s anthology. Coming out this fall from El León Literary Arts and featuring several new contributors, Ms. Aligned 2 will be available in a print edition from

In addition to obtaining institutional support, we are raising funds through GoFundMe. If you haven’t already made a donation, please consider it. (Two lucky donors will receive gift certificates for free massages from Dr. Monique Yuen, naturopathic physician and reiki master.) Warmest thanks for your interest in the Ms. Aligned project.

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