Ian MacMillan (author)

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Ian MacMillan (died December 18, 2008) was a Hawaii-based scholar and novelist. From 1966 to 2008 he was a professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[1] The author of eight novels and six short story collections, MacMillan founded the literary journal Hawaii Review in 1973.[2] Beginning in 1992, he also served as the fiction editor for Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing.[3] His work was anthologized in The Best American Short Stories[4] and The Best of Triquarterly.[3]

He was a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta and the University of Iowa.[5]

Called "the Stephen Crane of World War II" by Kurt Vonnegut,[5] MacMillan was the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Hawaii Award for Literature in 1992, the O. Henry Award, the Elliot Cades Award for Literature in 2007,[6] and the Pushcart Prize.[1] He was further honored in 2010 by the creation of the Ian MacMillan Writing Awards in his memory at the University of Hawaii.[7] His novel Village of a Million Spirits received the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction in 2000.[8]


  • Light and Power: Stories (1980)
  • Blakely's Ark (1981)
  • Proud Monster (1988)
  • Orbit of Darkness (1991)
  • Exiles from Time: Stories of Hawaii (1998)
  • Squid Eye (1999)
  • The Red Wind (1999)
  • Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising (1999)
  • Ullambana and Other Stories of Hawaii (2002)
  • The Braid (2005)
  • The Seven Orchids (2005)
  • Our People: Stories (2008)
  • The Bone Hook (2009)
  • In the Time Before Light (2010)


  1. ^ a b Napier, A. Kam (December 31, 2008). "Remembering MacMillan". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  2. ^ "Ian Travis MacMillan: Obituary". The New York Times. December 29, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  3. ^ a b "Aloha, Ian". Manoa Online. December 20, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  4. ^ Manoa (Spring 1990). "An Interview with Ian MacMillan: A Startling Vision". University of Hawaii Press. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  5. ^ a b Stanton, Joseph (1997). A Hawai'i Anthology: A Collection of Works by Recipients of the Hawai'i Award for Literature, 1974-1996. University of Hawaii Press. p. 243. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  6. ^ Cataluna, Lee (December 23, 2008). "MacMillan works an inspiration". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  7. ^ "The Ian MacMillan Writing Awards". Ka Leo O Hawaii. 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  8. ^ "Winners: 2000". PEN Center USA. 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-21.

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