A while back, I pitched a small web story that grew into a multi-page feature profiling the people behind some of Hawai’i’s podcasts. Many thanks to the editors of HONOLULU Magazine for expanding my focus, as well as co-writer James Charisma and photographer Aaron Yoshino, for ushering this story into print. I was especially happy to shine a light on fellow writers Anjoli and Jocelyn of It’s Lit, who have since left KTUH but keep their show streaming online. You can read the entire feature in the February 2019 issue of HONOLULU Magazine.
In the summer of 2018, my partner Spencer and I inherited the reins of Mixing Innovative Arts (MIA) Honolulu, a monthly reading and literary arts series. This was my first reading at MIA as a co-organizer. The theme of the event was around politics, and I read a satirical piece I had recently published in Honolulu Civil Beat. It was a fun night with more laughter than heated discussion, and I was delighted to share the stage with fellow Hawai’i writer/politician Sonny Ganaden and Hawai’i poet D. Keali’i MacKenzie.
I will be reading for a hot minute with my fellow Ms. Aligned 2 contributors at the Hawai'i Book and Music Festival! This annual 2-day festival at Honolulu Hale is free and features both local and visiting writers (plus Steve from Blues Clues.) In addition to sharing a panel with Lillian Howan, Adele Ne Jame, Pat Matsueda, and Angelia Nishimoto, I'm also looking forward to seeing panels with the following presenters: Matthew Zapruder, William Finnegan, Jaimie Gusman, Tyler McMahon, Dana Naone Hall, Susan Schultz, and Bamboo Ridge's Aloha Shorts performers. Click here to view the complete schedule and catch us at the Makai Authors Pavilion at 11am Sunday!
I had the pleasure of appearing as a live guest on It's Lit with PhDJ. This weekly radio show broadcasted on KTUH-FM and co-hosted by Anjoli Roy (aka PhDJ) and Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng features "writers to love and the music their work plays best around." Listen to my recorded episode on Mixcloud here and follow the playlist on Spinitron. (My poems start around the 30-minute mark.) Also be sure to check out the complete It's Lit with PhDJ archive, including more than 50 episodes with West Coast and Pacific writers. The show will continue to air live through Spring 2018, and they're looking for more writers to join the guest list! Here's how to submit.
I'm happy to announce that my Sasquatch poem, originally published in Waccamaw: A Journal of Contemporary Literature, found a printed home in the new Ms. Aligned 2: Women Writing About Men. This beautiful anthology of women's poetry, fiction, and nonfiction was edited by Pat Matsueda and Connie Pan and includes a lovely introduction by Kristiana Kahakauwila. For the month of November, you may enter the Goodreads contest to win a free copy. Also available for purchase via Amazon or msaligned.com. Read more about the contributors here.
I attended the 2012 Sewanee Writers' Conference in my home state of Tennessee as a contributor to Andrew Hudgins's and Maurice Manning's workshop. I got my ego whipped by some great poetry, writers, and whiskey. I hope to return one day as a scholar or fellow!