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


Aug. 16: Women Writing About Men


Join us for a reading featuring Hawai’i-based contributors to
Ms. Aligned 2: Women Writing About Men

7-9 pm August 16, 2018
Free event. All ages.

The Manifest
32 N. Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Bring cash as books will be available for purchase!
Donations to benefit VIDA: Women in Literary Arts will also be collected at this event.



July 19: Politics + Prose + Poetry

MIA July 2018 Digital Flyer

Hawai’i primary, OHA, and midterm elections are upon us!

Stay engaged with a night of
Politics + Prose + Poetry
from three Hawai’i-based writers

7-9pm Thursday, June 19, 2018

The Manifest
32 N. Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Oh, and don’t forget to register to vote.

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)