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