Mixing Innovative Arts, founded in 2009 by poet Jaimie Gusman Nagle, is an event and workshop series that provides the community with art and literary interactions across “academic,” “literary” and “non-literary” lines. M.I.A. fosters a welcoming environment for artists, writers, musicians and performers to share their work with an audience, hoping to inspire as well as provide a creative space for the community. Anyone and everyone is invited to join–we prefer it that way. Writer/Ph.D. student Joseph Han hosted the series from 2014 to 2018. Starting in June 2018, writers Emily A. Benton and Spencer Kealamakia will be continuing as co-organizers.

If you are an artist, performer, writer, or musician and would like more information on how to become involved in our monthly event, email miaseries@gmail.com introducing who you are, what kind of work you do, and why you want to perform.

While also hosting many first time performers and emerging writers, M.I.A. has hosted a number of established writers from all around, including: Kaui Hart Hemmings, Lauren Grodstein, Robert Sullivan, Allison Cobb, Steve Heller, Terese Svoboda, Krys Lee, Brenda Shaughnessy, Allison Hedge Coke, Craig Santos Perez, Beth Yahp, Emelihter Kihleng, Shawna Yang Ryan, and Andrew Lam.

M.I.A. has also collaborated with local/national publications, organizations, and schools, as well as sponsoring arts or literary-related events. In the past, M.I.A. has worked with the University of Hawai’i Creative Writing Program, Bamboo Ridge Press, Hawaiʻi Review, Tinfish Press, Pacific Tongues, and more.

Our monthly events are currently held in Chinatown at The Manifest (34 N. Hotel St.) on the third Thursday of every month, unless otherwise noted.

If you would like to join our erratically-timed newsletter, please sign up here.


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