September Line-up Announced!

We’re BACK!

Join us on Sept. 15th at 7:30PM for the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series Beginning of Fall Celebration.

Check out this upcoming month’s stellar line up. M.I.A. offers up SLAM, fiction, and page-poetry performances.

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Everything is New, Again

In anticipation of yesterday’s M.I.A. event, I got to Fresh Cafe super early. I started writing this blog post:

Today is the last M.I.A. Art & Literary Series Summer Hiatus Artist Session. I’m sitting at Fresh Cafe writing this post with excitement for this last pow-wow of artists, but even more than that, I’m eager for the Fall’s regularly scheduled performances to begin.

In retrospect, I’m a little sad that Fall is starting, because that means no more Artist Sessions. Last night went so well that I don’t want to let that community–of writers, musicians, dancers, and artists–go. Hopefully this doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the Summer Hiatus Crew, but means an even larger, enthusiastic participating audience will join us in the Fall.

Starting in September we will have a great line-up (but I’ll keep that line-up a secret for now) that will really bring artists from different backgrounds together. Keeping with our theme of “community” and “openness,” M.I.A. continues to strive to build and build and build. We mix genres, activisms, borders, and communities with the hope that we are creating something larger, something accessible that doesn’t regret it’s all-inclusiveness and willingness to take the plunge as we break new ground in the Hawaii art scene. We respect all arts, all artists, and want to spread the word that no matter who you are, we want you.

I often think are we doing something wrong/right? after the close of an event. Was the audience having fun? Were the performers comfortable? I am hyper-critical of what happens on and off the stage, so it’s only natural to question just about everything. But my mind was put at ease the other day when I saw that the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series was voted by readers of the Honolulu Weekly as the Best Literary Event. It was put even more at ease when people left the last Summer Hiatus Artist Session with wider eyes. This doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement–there is always something we want to and will do better. But for now, M.I.A. wants to give our sincerest thanks to the artistic communities here in Honolulu for accepting us, supporting us, and challenging us. Because of you, we continue to do what we do: bridge gaps.

 

One of the ways we’re doing this, besides the monthly events of course, is by making an anthology, which you can read about here. We’ve extended our submission deadline so we can include all work from our inception in 2009 to the end of Fall 2011. Why do we think it’s important to do something in print? One word: distribution. We want people, not only in Hawaii, to know the great things the artistic community is doing, but also everyone nationally, even internationally. Another word: approachability. Isn’t it nice to be able to approach art in multiple spaces? You know that kick-ass poet who performed in Nov. 2010? Well now you can read more of his work –and take your time with it. We’re even thinking of making an M.I.A. Mix Tape of artists and musicians that have graced our stage.  This seems like a tall order, but with all the consistent talent & audience support M.I.A. sees through its doors month after month, we’re sure anything can happen.

So, as Fall begins, we’re excited for everything new, again. We’ll be holding our events at 7:30pm at Fresh Cafe on the following dates:

September 15th, 2011

October 20th, 2011

November 10th, 2011

December 15th, 2011

January 19th, 2012

So make sure you mark those calenders, ’cause we’re continuing to bring Honolulu a mix of innovative arts.

Deadline Extended–Lucky You!

We’re so psyched to launch our call for submissions for the 2009-2011 M.I.A. Art & Literary Series Anthology–our very first publishing endeavor! We are asking all M.I.A. performers, from Hawaii and the mainland, to submit work to miaseries@gmail.com for consideration in the anthology. Because we want to include 2011 in the book, we are extending the DEADLINE to DEC. 31, 2011, at midnight.

What were are looking for:

Poetry: Please send 4-5 pages of poetry. This can be work that was read at any M.I.A. event or conceived at any M.I.A. Summer Hiatus Artist Session. If you have performed at M.I.A. previously, we will also consider your new work.

Fiction: Please send 2-12 pages of fiction. This can be work that was read at any M.I.A. event or conceived at any M.I.A. Summer Hiatus Artist Session. If you have performed at M.I.A. previously, we will also consider your new work.

Essays: Please send 2-10 pages of memoir, or any other sort of essay having to do with your participation with M.I.A., local communities, and the arts.

Photos: Please send 1-4 high resolution photos of any subject centered around the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series. These can be photos of the events, but also photos that make a call to the artistic community in Honolulu.

Letters: We are looking for “letters to the editor” as well, which talk about any relevant issues regarding artistic communities in Hawaii.

In the subject of the email use the following format: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, GENRE, M.I.A. DATE YOU PERFORMED (if applicable)

Submit your work as rtf. doc. docx. or jpeg. files. Although we’d love to publish the work you’ve read at an M.I.A. event exclusively, we are also considering new work as well. Also note that if you’ve attended one of the Summer Hiatus Artist Sessions and have produced work you would like M.I.A. to consider for the anthology, please feel free to submit.

If you haven’t performed at M.I.A. but are an avid M.I.A. goer or community member, we’d also love to hear from you–so make sure you get involved before 2012!

Looking forward to reading all of your work!

Holler for your fave lit event of the year (eh-hem, M.I.A.)

Summer has hit us hard.

Kinda like an Avalanche.

Okay, maybe not that kind of avalanche…

…more like this kind:

There have been some high points (ya know like climbing unemployment percentages and in case you haven’t heard it’s about 115 degrees in Minnesota) and some low points (can we say debt ceiling? how about the fact that it’s somewhere between 60 degrees and frozen in the Pacific Northwest?).

But there’s also some midpoints too–it’s a nice 80 degrees with clear skies here in Honolulu (ok, we’re bragging)–not to mention the literary goods that continue to churn out thanks to M.I.A.’s Summer Hiatus Artist Sessions (yes, we’re bragging again!). The 2nd of three artist sessions was a huge success, bringing together artists from various places in the community to play around with some poetry mad-libbing, memory exercises, and comedic delights (thanks to Craig Santos Perez & In Yo Face Improv). It was such an awesome, prolific time that one of our participants wrote up a sweet play-by-play on her blog, which you can check out HERE–thanks for the props Deanna!

Before the government shuts down completely, or we are forced to watch our friends on the mainland turn into mirages or snow people, make sure you attend the very last of the 2011 Summer Hiatus Artist Sessions on August 18th, 7:30PM, at Fresh Cafe.

You will need to bring one buck, your story-making A-game, and be open to shaking those musical bones of yours (doe-c-doe, my dears). There might even be some acting. Most likely there will be dancing. And don’t forget to bring a pen & your warrior paints.

Also, we’re really exciting for everyone to vote for The M.I.A. Art & Literary Series on Honolulu’s “Best of” list for best literary event. To vote, click HERE.

How awesome would it be to see M.I.A. take the #1 slot in the Honolulu literary scene since its inception in October 2009? VERY.

So please spread the word, the love, and all that gushy stuff.

And we do hope to see each and every one of you on August 18th!

M.I.A. Seeks Submissions for Print Debut

Aloha M.I.A. Art & Literary Series Performers & Fans!

One of our summer goals was to plan a way to get past M.I.A. performers’ work out there in the world, and let everyone know what a thriving art & literary community we have here in Honolulu. We thought one way of doing this was to make a documentary of the M.I.A. events and submitting it to BRAVO or MTV or the FOOD NETWORK in hopes for our own reality show, but unfortunately, we weren’t very good at documenting anything…

So onto to plan b….publishing a collection of work that will expose everyone everywhere to the great stuff we do through the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series. Sounds exciting, right?

And to do this, we need SUBMISSIONS! We’re currently seeking work from past M.I.A. performers/writers/artists/etc. If you’re interested in gaining some street cred. in the local community and beyond by being included in our very first print edition (of course you are), please submit your work to miaseries@gmail.com.

We’re taking poems, stories, essays, and photographs (of the events) for this particular volume.

Poetry: Please send 4-5 pages worth of poetry.

Fiction: Please send 2-12 pages of fiction.

Essays: Please send 2-10 pages of memoir, or any other sort of essay having to do with your participation with M.I.A., local communities, and the arts.

Photos: Please send 1-4 photos of any subject centered around the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series.

In the subject of the email use the following format: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, GENRE, M.I.A. DATE YOU PERFORMED (if applicable)

Submit your work as rtf. doc. docx. or jpeg. files. Although we’d love to publish the work you’ve read at an M.I.A. event exclusively, we are also considering new work as well. Also note that if you’ve attended one of the Summer Hiatus Artist Sessions and have produced work you would like M.I.A. to consider for the anthology, please feel free to submit.

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 30TH, 2011.

So spread the word! Email us with questions! And feel free to help us spread what we do here in Honolulu by donating!

If you would like to donate to The M.I.A. Art  & Literary Series, please email us at miaseries@gmail.com. All money will go to printing costs for the anthology. We appreciate ANYTHING you can give, as we are an independent non-organized organization with no non-profit status. That means your donations are appreciated but NOT tax-deductible. We do this simply for the love of the arts and to support the local artistic community. MAHALO!

The Summer Hiatus Artist Sessions (get your hands dirty)

So as most of you know, M.I.A. is taking a summer break to catch up on some R&R. It’s been a great second year run, and we’re super psyched to continue on!

But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we’re going to abandon the scene completely. After all, the Fresh Cafe has been so great at supporting the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series that they are letting us have our reserved third Thursday nights even over the summer months. So instead of offering up local artists for your entertainment, we thought it would be cool if YOU (that’s right, you the audience) got your hands dirty.

So what we’re doing is using the space for the Summer Hiatus Artist Sessions–a unique event that calls all artists (painters, writers, doodlers, day-dreamers, and so on) to the Fresh cafe on the 3rd Thursday of June, July, and August at 7:30 PM for a inspiration session. At every session there will be three experienced artists who will present prompts to the audience that will jump-start your creative juices in no time.  For each prompt you will get 20 minutes or so to write/draw/doodle/whatever. $1 gets you in the door (donations go to getting M.I.A. in shape for the Fall). The only thing you need to bring are your arty tools (if you have ’em) and your lazy brains (if you have ’em).

So come out to one or all of these sessions, which begin promptly at 7:30, and end at 9:30:

June 16th

July 21st

August 18th

Don’t let the summer be an excuse to slack on your creative endeavors. And if you don’t have any creative endeavors, but want them, join us!

As always, if you have any questions, email us at miaseries@gmail.com.

RSVP to June’s session on Facebook!

“Over the land is April,/ Over my heart a rose”–Stevenson

After April’s M.I.A. Art & Literary Series event, which was a wonderful success (if you missed it, think cannibalism, a world with no feelings, nerding out on comic book hotties, powerful lyrics, and thought-provoking poetry) we were aching for May to roll around– but now that’s it’s finally here, the air is bittersweet.

We already know what’s going to be SWEET about May’s M.I.A. event:

1.) Jessica Wells, who is new to the M.I.A. stage and a disciple of Joy Harjo (we don’t bite Jessica!)

2.) Rich Rath, with his “geek chic” musical textures (his set up is called “the plumbing” by friends)

3.) Christina Low‘s too true stories (and they way she reads them!)

4.) Evan Nagle‘s genius in poetry and life and stuff (’nuff said)

5.) Chris McKinney who is Cades winner (wow!)  and visiting professor at UH (distinguished, of course)

Could we be any more excited?

And now the bitter news: This will be the last M.I.A. event of the season!

BUT never fear. We have new things in the works. That’s right.

One: We see a possible collaboration in the future, but this is in the wings.

Two: We are putting CALLS OUT FOR WORK for an M.I.A. Art & Literary Series Anthology. So if you’ve performed on stage at M.I.A. since its birth way back in October 2009 and you’d like to be anthologized, please submit your work to miaseries@gmail.com. Also, if you have pictures of any of the M.I.A. events that you would like to submit, please email us as well! This anthology will help us raise money so that we can keep on growing!

Three: If you’re interested in getting involved, performing in the future, or just want more info M.I.A. be sure to get in touch.

We hope to see you all there on Thursday, May 19th at Fresh Cafe–this truly is an amazing line-up and a great chance to kick off the summer with good friends (if you don’t have any, that’s okay, come to M.I.A. & make some!)  and good art (no pressure performers!) with good food & drink (via Fresh Cafe).

Ahoy!,

M.I.A.