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30-2 cover for websiteMānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing will be expanding its coverage of literature from the Americas this winter. Guest-edited by Words without Borders editor Eric M.B. Becker and Mānoa associate editor Noah Perales-Estoesta, Becoming Brazil: New Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir will present the literature of Brazil, the fifth-largest country in the world. Numbering two hundred million, Brazilians are an extraordinarily diverse fusion of African, European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Indigenous citizens who live in suburban neighborhoods, favelas, rural villages, and dense coastal cities.

Becoming Brazil features the work of two dozen Brazilian writers, rendered into English by some of today’s finest translators from the Portuguese. The anthology will appear in a print edition, in a digital edition available through Project Muse, and as an ebook.


Memory isn’t a rock with hieroglyphs etched into it, a story told. Memory is like sand dunes, grains of sand that move from one place to another, take on different forms, carried by the wind. A fact today can be reread another way tomorrow. Memory is alive. A detail of something experienced can be remembered years later, take on a relevance that it didn’t have before…We think today with the help of a small portion of our past.—Marcelo Rubens Paiva, from “I’m Still Here”


People who wish to support publication are invited to donate on Patreon. Donors will receive complimentary copies of Becoming Brazil.


hsfcalogo_1redyellowOur thanks to the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the SEED IDEAS program of the University of Hawaii at Manoa for their generous support of Becoming Brazil.