Department of English Presents Fifth Annual Fall Celebration of Writers

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Marie Hara, (808) 956-7619
Department of English
Cristina Bacchilega, (808) 956-7619
Department of English
Posted: Nov 5, 2003

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s Department of English presents the Fifth Annual Fall Celebration of Writers on Thursday, November 13, with panel discussions and an evening reading featuring guest writers Martin Espada, Joy Harjo, Haunani-Kay Trask and Kathleen Tyau. Entitled "Visions of (Dis)location: Native, Immigrant, Settler," this year‘s literary symposium on the UH Mānoa campus includes two panel discussions held in Kuykendall Auditorium, the first one beginning at noon and the second at 3 p.m., and an evening reading at 7 p.m. in the Art Auditorium.

The featured writers will be joined in the panel discussions by Tammy Hailiopua Baker, Lee Cataluna, and Victoria Kneubuhl, three playwrights who, with fellow playwright Alani Apio, are celebrating the launch of their publication "He Leo Hou, A New Voice," a collection by Bamboo Ridge Press.

The first panel discussion, entitled "Who Owns the Past?," will include Harjo and Tyau with Kneubuhl, and will be moderated by humanities scholar Gary Pak. The second panel discussion, entitled "The Stories ʻThey‘ Tell About ʻUs‘," will include Espada and Trask with Baker and Cataluna, and will be moderated by humanities scholar Rodney Morales.

The Fall Celebration of Writing is supported by AʻA Arts; the Board of Publications at UH Mānoa; College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures; the Department of English; Hawaiʻi Review; the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas; and the University of Hawaiʻi Endowment for the Humanities.


Poet and educator Martin Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York. His latest collection of poetry is entitled "A Mayan Astronomer in Hell‘s Kitchen: Poems." Espada‘s other books of poetry include "Imagine the Angels of Bread," which won an American Book Award; "City of Coughing and Dead Radiators;" "Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover‘s Hands," a bilingual collection; and "Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction." He has edited several anthologies and books of poetry, including "El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poets" and "Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination." His prose collection, "Zapata‘s Disciple: Essays," was published in 1998. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, his honors include the PEN/Voelker Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a PEN/Revson fellowship, and a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship. Espada lives with his wife and son in Amherst, Mass., where he is an associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her books of poetry include "How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems;" "A Map to the New World: Poems;" "The Woman Who Fell From the Sky," which received the Oklahoma Book Arts Award; "In Mad Love and War," which received the American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; "Secrets from the Center of the World;" "She Had Some Horses;" and "What Moon Drove Me to This?" She also performs her poetry and plays saxophone with her band Poetic Justice. Her many honors include the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Harjo is a full professor at UCLA in American Indian Studies and English. She lives in Honolulu and is currently serving as Distinguished Visiting Writer for Fall 2003 in the Department of English at UH Mānoa, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Haunani-Kay Trask has been a leader in the Native Hawaiian community for 20 years. She has authored four books, including "From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaiʻi," widely considered a masterpiece of contemporary resistance writing. Trask is a renowned Hawaiian poet, combining the traditional lyric Hawaiian voice within the political realm. She has published two major collections of poetry, "Light in the Crevice Never Seen," and her latest, "Night is a Sharkskin Drum." Trask was a writer-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1996 and has read and performed at more than a dozen writers festivals throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand. She was co-producer and scriptwriter of the award-winning 1993 documentary, "Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation." Trask is professor of Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa.

Kathleen Tyau is the author of two novels set in Hawaiʻi, "A Little Too Much Is Enough," and "Makai," both published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and finalist for the Oregon Book Award and the Barnes and Noble Best New Writers Award, Tyau is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts, Inc., and Fishtrap. Her stories and essays have been published in numerous literary reviews, including Bamboo Ridge Journal, Story, ZYZZYVA, Glimmer Train, Boulevard, and in anthologies in the United States and abroad, such as "Growing Up Local," "Intersecting Circles," "The Stories that Shape Us," and "The Writer‘s Journal." Tyau has lectured and read widely at Pacific University, Lewis and Clark College, the Northwest Writing Institute, Fishtrap, Northwest Academy, Mountain Writers Center, and other public and private institutions and writer‘s workshops. She judged the Kiriyama Pacific Rim prize for two years and currently serves on the Fishtrap Advisory Board.

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