kartikareview.org About Kartika Review (KR 17, Spring 2017)


Kartika Review

Kartika Review is an Asian Pacific Islander American literary arts journal that publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, commentary on the writing and publishing, and author interviews. The journal launched in 2007.

ISSN 2161-5705 (online)
ISSN 2161-5713 (print)


About the Editorial Board

Kartika Review is edited by Paul Lai with special thanks to founding editor Sunny Woan.


About the Cover Image

Cover image for Issue 17 is a photograph of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Formosa Boulevard Station in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Image available in the public domain from Pixabay.com.


About Our Namesake

In Vajrayana (or Tibetan) Buddhist tradition, the kartika, a crescent-shaped knife, symbolizes the cutting away of ignorance and superficiality, with the hopes that it will lead to enlightenment. The kartika is kept close during deep meditation or prayer. It serves mainly as a metaphorical reminder of our self-determined life missions and never is it actually wielded in the offensive against others. We took on this namesake because the kartika best represents this journal’s vision.




Published March 15, 2017