ERIC PAUL SHAFFER is author of five books of poetry, including Lāhaina Noon; Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen; and Portable Planet.
Geosi Gyasi: From Wikipedia, you’ve been described as a Hawaiian novelist and poet. Could you spend some time talking about Hawai’i?
Eric Paul Shaffer: Hawai’i is a vibrant and exciting place for me, the end of a long journey moving mostly west. I was born in Massachusetts and as a child and young man lived in Maryland, Michigan, Indiana, New Mexico, and California. Then, I moved to Okinawa, Japan, for my first job as a university teacher, where I lived for eight years. Only then, did I start east again, but I traveled only halfway back across the Pacific, settling in Hawai’i, a place that includes the best of the East and the West…
The rest of the interview will be available in my forthcoming book (2016) by Lamar University Press Books.