Ian MacMillian

It is impossible to describe the impact that Ian MacMillan has had on writers and literature in Hawaii. With forty-plus years service, Ian is probably the most beloved creative writing professor from the University of Hawaiʻi.

Ian has authored seven novels and four short story collections and has made more than a 100 appearances in literary and commercial magazines. His numerous awards include the O. Henry Award, Pen-USA-West Award in Fiction, the Associated Writing Programs Awards, Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories Award. In the fall of 2005, a group of faculty, alumni, and students, both graduate and undergraduate, worked together to nominate Ian for the Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, which he of course won.

In 2008, students and writers published a special issue of Hawai‘i Review to honor Ian MacMillan.

The following are some of the articles written about Ian, his work, and his “footprint” on literature in Hawaiʻi:


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