June 21: Big Island Stories

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Join us as four Hawai’i storytellers
share new perspectives and literature from the Big Island.

Essays – Fiction – Storytelling – Photo Documentary – Q&A

Free event. Suggested $5 donation for Puna relief efforts.

All ages. Bring ID.
7-9pm Thursday, June 21, 2018
The Manifest
32 N. Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817


Community Building through Writing

As part of the M.I.A. Summer Hiatus Sessions, get ready for something totally unique! This month join the Kaimuki Writer’s Workshop, a collective of talented creative writers in Honolulu who, through a community of sharing and workshopping, will read work from their recently published anthology. After the reading, readers will share their experiences as writers in Honolulu, and their experiences working together as part of the Kaimuki Writer’s Workshop. Come with open ears and questions!

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Happy National Poetry Month!

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond

      all this fiddle.

Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one

      discovers in

it after all, a place for the genuine. 

– Marianne Moore, “Poetry”

April is officially deemed National Poetry Month by the poetry goddesses. We’re all for it, obviously, and are celebrating BIG TIME with a very special guest, poet Brenda Shaughnessy, at this upcoming M.I.A. event on April 21st at Fresh Cafe. 

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Our Andromeda, (one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2013.)  Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy.  Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and elsewhere. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and Assistant Professor of English and in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers University at Newark.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, son, and daughter.

Joining Brenda will be the lovely Lyz Soto, No’u Revilla, and Amalia Bueno, who will kick off this special poetry event!


In other news, Brenda will be teaching a craft workshop at the University of Hawaii Manoa. Details are below!

The New Oceania Literary Series presents 

A Poetry Workshop taught by visiting writer

Brenda Shaughnessy




Kuykendall 409

English Department

University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa


Description: “Poetry exists to give name to the nameless.” (Audre Lorde.) We will discuss how to utilize memory, personal history, grief, celebration, desire, trauma, and sensory description as valuable tools by which to powerfully render unwieldy human experience in language.  


Please RSVP to Jaimie Gusman by 4/15/14 HERE



Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program (UHM English Department)