MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing recently bid farewell to Ian MacMillan, who served as its fiction editor for many years. A recipient of the Hawaii Award for Literature, the Elliott Cades Award for Literature, and numerous other prizes and distinctions, Ian passed away on 18 December after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ian was also a professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i, where he taught creative writing since 1966. His first book, Light and Power (University of Missouri Press, 1980), won the Associated Writing Programs Award. He has published four books set in Hawai‘i: a novel entitled The Red Wind (Mutual Publishing, 1998); and three story collections from Anoai Press, Exiles from Time (1998), Squid-Eye (1999), and Ullambana (2002). He also published a trilogy of novels set in World War II: Proud Monster (North Point Press, 1987), Orbit of Darkness (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991), and Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising (Steerforth Press, 1999, Penguin Books, 2000), which won the 2000 PEN-USA-West Fiction Award. He made over a hundred appearances in such literary and commercial magazines as Paris Review, Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, and MANOA and appeared in such anthologies as The Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and The Best of Triquarterly. For his work as a writer and teacher, he received the 1992 Hawai‘i Award for Literature, the highest literary honor in the state.