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 19 is a photograph of ships at dry dock under construction at the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, taken by Louis Lee, staff photographer for the shipyards during World War II. Photo credit NPS Photo.


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 September 15, 2017