A major project of Mānoa Foundation is a Hawai‘i writing residency honoring Barry Lopez and emphasizing a spirit of social responsibility. The annual award is given to a writer whose work contributes to an awareness of the civic and ethical obligation of artists; helps us understand, through storytelling, that the survival of a humane world depends upon a commitment to integrity, empathy, and compassionate reconciliation; and inspires us to take social responsibility for the perils, which we have created ourselves, to the human and non-human world.
A small committee of writers and advisors, including Lopez, selects one writer each year for the residency. Selection is based on a letter describing the applicant’s intentions for producing written work during the residency; a sample of prose or poetry that demonstrates the applicant’s approach in addressing the ideals embodied in Lopez’s work; and the candidate’s willingness to participate in community-building activities during the residency, including workshops and public readings. The residency will be located at Ala Kukui, a retreat center in Hana, Maui, through the generous support of Susan O’Connor. The writer will also participate in a workshop, seminar, and/or a public reading in Honolulu.
Anna Badkhen, journalist, war report, and nonfiction writer, was selected as the 2018 recipient of the residency.