F-E-B-R-U-A-R-Y: a literary combustion

There may be ice storms and riots taking over a good portion of the world, but here in Honolulu we are stirring up our own chaos, thank you very much. The M.I.A. Art & Literary Series works hard at mixing things up & around, so this month we are thrilled to bring you another collaboration:

Hawaii Review meet Tinfish Press, Tinfish Press meet Hawaii Review.

These two local presses are powerhouses in the literary landscape of Oahu and way beyond waters.

On their website, Tinfish Press states, “We publish work from the Pacific region, concentrating on language issues, colonialism, Buddhism, place, and poetic form. Above all, we seek to create alliances between writers whose work crosses national and aesthetic borders.” If you have not yet viewed one of their lovely books or journals, be sure to snag something at the M.I.A. February event.

“Founded in 1973, Hawai’i Review is a student run bi-annual literary journal featuring national, international, as well as regional literature of Hawai’i and the Pacific,” and as current poetry editor I can vouch for the quality work in the new issue, 73, which you can purchase at M.I.A. To find out more about the Hawaii Review click here.

Readers for this month’s event include poets, fiction writers, and non-fiction writers from publications Tinfish 20 & Hawaii Review 73:

Amalia Bueno
Donovan Colleps
Peter Forman
Jaimie Gusman
Christina Low
Jade Sunouchi
Craig Santos Perez
Tiare Picard
Joe Tsujimoto

If you have not heard these masters of craft before, please do stop by the Mercury bar on February 9th, at 7:30 PM. Bring cash if you would like to purchase some journals & books (they make great Valentines, yes sir!). Hope to see you all there!


Feeling Nostalgic for January’s Event Already?

A big shout out and thank you to MALIA LEINAU MYERS (awesome photographer and person, by the way) who trekked over to the Mercury Bar this past Wednesday night to cover the event. She was a trooper and hung out, taking tons of pics, for every reading (which happened to be accompanied by a roof-shaking punk/metal hum coming from the artist studio upstairs). But despite the noise–we had a great turn-out and everyone seemed to have fun. Scroll through all 23 photos on Honolulu Pulse, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s event-site, or just click here if you want to see what you missed. If you were there, chances are Malia photographed you, so check it.


Photo by Mailia Leniau Myers

Stay  tuned for February’s event, which will (as always) be the second Wednesday of the month, at the Mercury Bar!

New Years Resolution: Living in Tweakerville, discovering The Size of the Universe, and being King of the Hawaii Review

It’s hard to keep up with all the great literature being written in Honolulu. Luckily, the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series is here to pull you up by your slippers and drag you out once a month for a night of good booze and good performances by local artists. This month we are proud to have three strapping young men grace us with their presence.

Alexei Melnick is the author of Tweakerville, which the Honolulu Weekly called “the real thing”. Read reviews of Alexei’s book here and  here, and then come hear him read on Jan. 12th.

Joseph Cardinale is the author of The Size of the Universe, which HTMLGIANT reviewed here. Cardinale’s work can be read at Web Conjunctions. It’s awesome and he’s awesome. So come to M.I.A. and confirm his awesomeness.

Donovan Colleps is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hawaii Review. The new issue will be out soon, and yes, he will be in it, which we don’t think is weird at all. Donovan is a cool person and looks really young for his age, so you’ll definitely want to hear him read.

The night will be hosted by Chris Riel of In Yo Face Improv. So be prepared to laugh. A lot. (No pressure Chris!) IYFI is awesome, and if you come by M.I.A. you’ll learn how/when/where to see more of Chris & his funny friends.

Looking forward to this event, Wednesday, January 12th @ the good ‘ol Mercury Bar conveniently located in an alley in Chinatown. Address on the flyer. Hope to see you all there!

What are you thankful for this November?

The M.I.A. Art & Literary Series asks, what are

you thankful for this year? 


Scott Abels, Adam Aitken, Shantel Grace, &

Evan Nagle

Also featuring work from Shantel & Evan’s new

band, the ethnobotonistyellowjacketengineers

Hosted by In Yo Face Improv  

M.I.A. Art & Literary Series will be held on November 10th, 7:30 pm, at the Mercury Bar. Come join us, you’ll be thankful you did!

October brings Oregonians!

We are happy to have two visiting writers for our 10th M.I.A. Art & Literary Series event. This month we will have Oregonians Kaia Sand and Jules Boykoff performing their poetry, as well as Susan Schultz who will read some young work about old women (click here to download the FREE ebook). Vudu Munki a.k.a. Alex Dorcean will give an exciting performance of his fiction (we promise!)

Come get drunk on literary goodness (and have a drink or two, too) on October 13th at 7:30 PM, at our regular spot, the Mercury Bar: 1154 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813.

M.I.A. Returns on Wednesday, Sept. 1

We’re back and ready to entertain you with delicious doses of poetry, music, fiction, performance, and art!

Readers for September’s M.I.A. event include Sage Takehiro (read her here), Brenda Kwon (learn about her here), Travis Kaululuaa Thompson, and Richard Hamasaki (click here).  Also, join us for special guest FRED HO on Wednesday, September 1st, at the Mercury Bar at 7:30 PM.

Fred Ho will play his sax to accompany Richard Hamasaki, who would read Fred’s work from DIARY OF A RADICAL CANCER WARRIOR: FIGHTING CANCER AND CAPITALISM AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL. This promises to be a stellar performance!

Check out his website here.


The M.I.A. Art & Literary Series