M.I.A. spotlight: Donovan Kūhiō Colleps

DKCWhat is the book (or story) that you are currently working on?

Iʻm working on a narrative about three generations of a Kanaka Maoli family that’s written in verse and prose.

Where did the idea come from and does it fall under a specific genre?

The idea came from everything, but one of those things would be my great-grandfather’s hand-written journals. He wrote in both Hawaiian and English and the subjects he wrote about range from land deed info, to lāʻau lapaʻau recipes, to mo’olelo about his fifteen children.

What are you currently reading?

Iʻm a bit scattered right now; I have a few books open: Walking The Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, Toni Morrison’s What Moves at the Margin, and No Mākou Ka Mana: Liberating the Nation by Kamanamaikalani Beamer.

What are some upcoming titles in your reading list?

My upcoming reading list looks good (and intense): three graduate course syllabi for the upcoming semester.

Who/what inspires your writing?

My family and the Lāhui Hawaiʻi, mainly, inspire my writing.

What does your writing process entail?

I usually don’t sit down to write unless I have a kind of skeleton constructed in my head. I’m more particular about where I write, rather than the process of drafting: I usually write poetry in my back yard, prose in the front.

Who would you like to give a shout out to in the writing community and why?

My shout out would definitely be to all my brother and sister poets, storytellers, scholars, and mentors at UH Mānoa.


Author: MIA Honolulu

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