April: National Poetry Month Events

We’re proud to present two events in honor of National Poetry Month! 

April 18 MIA Flyer

Spoken word poetry with Stacey Waite, Destiny Sharion, and Serena Ngaio Simmons
7-9 pm April 18, 2019
The Manifest
32 N. Hotel St.
Honolulu, HI


April 27 MIA Flyer.png

A poetry reading and reception
with Susan M. Schultz, Lee A. Tonouchi,
D. Keali’i MacKenzie, and Christy Passion
4:30-6 p.m. April 27, 2019
da Shop books + curiosities
3565 Harding Ave.
Honolulu, HI


March Hiatus + HI SOUP


We’re taking a short break for March,
but hold tight because
we’ll have two events
for National Poetry Month
in April!


You can also find us at
A community micro-granting dinner
to support literary + book-related
projects throughout Honolulu.

6-8 p.m. Wednesday
March 13, 2019
da Shop bookstore

3565 Harding Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816

Get Tickets Here
$15 entry gets you soup, bread, and a vote for your favorite pitch.

Event co-hosted by HI SOUP and da Shop.

Please bring your own bowl and spoon
so we can keep this a waste-free event.


Jan. 17: Timothy Dyke + Zachary Payne

jan. 2019 mia flyer

We’re kicking off 2019 with work from new poetry books by two #HawaiiWriters:

Timothy Dyke is a writer and teacher who lives with parrots in Makiki. He is the author of the chapbook Awkward Hugger (2015), the prose poem collection Atoms of Muses (2017), and the poetry book MAGA (2019) — all published by Tinfish Press. Timothy’s poems, stories, and essays have also appeared in Drunken Boat, Spork Online, New Guard Review, Gramma Poetry, Santa Monica Review, and other publications. In 2012, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Since 1992, Timothy has taught English to high school students at Punahou School.

Zachary Payne is a poet and translator who works as a Spanish and Applied Linguistics Professor at Windward Community College. After Zach learned Spanish at the age of 19, this new language became the language of his poetic voice. Since then, he has received his PhD from the Complutense University in Madrid, in Spanish and Latin American Thought. He has published two collections of Spanish poems, the most recently Robos, Setas & Sombras (Huerga y Fierro, 2014), and was included in the anthology, Disidentes antología de poetas críticos españoles 1990-2014. (La oveja roja, 2015). Zach continues to write in Spanish but on occasions will write in English. He is the author of Termitas/Termites (2016)a bilingual online chapbook, and Termites: the illegal occupation of paradise (Hester Glock Press, 2019).

7 pm January 17, 2019
Free event. All ages.
The Manifest
32 N. Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Nov. 15: Food for Thought

Come out for some nourishing readings by local and visiting writers
serving up poetry, prose, short fiction, and memoir!

Derek Otsuji
Beau Flemister

Tani Loo

Spring Warren

7-9 pm November 15, 2018
Free event. All ages.

The Manifest
32 N. Hotel St.
Honolulu, HI

Optional donations to the Hawaii Food Bank will also be collected at this event.


Oct. 18: Fall Showcase

10.2018 MIA Flyer

Please join us for our Fall Showcase featuring three voices new to MIA Honolulu:

Laurel Flores Fantauzzo
Jeffrey Higa
Serena “Nai’a” Michel

7-9 pm October 18, 2018
Free event. All ages.

The Manifest
32 N. Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817


Sept. 20: Bamboo Ridge 40th Anniversary Issue

Sept 2018 MIA Flyer

We are proud to present a reading with contributors
to Bamboo Ridge‘s 40th Anniversary Issue!

7-9 pm September 20, 2018
Free event. All ages.

The Manifest
32 N. Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817


Past Events (2017-2018)

Mahalo to our faithful followers since 2009! Save for a brief hiatus in Summer/Fall 2017, we have continued to host readings/performances every Third Thursday at The Manifest.

Visit our Past Events page for flyers from 2017-2018, and see our Photos page for pictures by Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada from our March 2018 event co-hosted by It’s Lit with PhDJ.

Shouts to our recent performers:

  • March 15, 2018: Grace Taylor, Julia Katz, Ku’uleimomi Cummings, Jocelyn Kupumealani Ng, and No’u Revilla (co-hosted by It’s Lit with PhDJ)
  • February 15, 2018: Matt Ito, Chaim Ben Avram, and Marley Aiu
  • January 18, 2018: Emily A. Benton, Sashily Kling, Paulina Harrison, and Alexander Casey
  • May 25, 2017: Lyz Soto, Rajiv Mohabir, and Jaimie Gusman
  • April 27, 2017: No’u Revilla, Anjoli Roy, Joanna Gordon, and Angeline Han

Stay tuned for details about our next event on April 19, 2018!