Wow, do we feel old!
We’re entering our FIFTH YEAR of free, public readings and workshops in Honolulu. So far, it’s been a crazy awesome ride. With our beginnings in Chinatown at Mercury Bar in October 2009, we experienced the grit and glamour of Thursday nights at Fort Street Mall. Here, we infiltrated the bar scene with literary readings and it felt good. Real Good.
Now, we celebrate year five at Fresh Cafe’s Loft in Space. We were lucky enough to snag this space almost 3 years ago, with the generosity of the Fresh Cafe team. Kakaako has a fun, creative, and very community-oriented art scene, and (WOW) we are part of it. The people that show up to Mixing Innovative Arts events are kind, engaging, and have big hearts. Every month M.I.A. audience members fill every chair (& help stack those chairs — thanks!). And yes, that feels really good too.
In addition to being our birth-month, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Unfortunately, most of us know or know of someone who has been affected by this disease. M.I.A. is urging audience members to drop off a donation while at our October 21st event. All donations will go to the Susan G Komen Hawaii Breast Cancer Foundation.
When planning this line-up, we thought ‘each author has to be extra fabulous!’ So M.I.A. called upon these inspiring women to read their work:
J. Vera Lee (sparse, lyrical, something like magic)
Katharine Beutner (lady of [re]myth-making)
Shawna Yang Ryan (dreamy, dreamy prose )
& Susan M. Schultz (teacher, blogger, serious thinker – poet extraordinaire)
We hope you’ll come celebrate these writers and their work, as well as Mixing Innovative Arts. We are grateful for so much support from the community through the years. M.I.A. wouldn’t have made it this far without YOU!