On February 10th, I believe something unexpected happened at the Mercury Bar in Honolulu. The M.I.A. Arts & Literary Series collaborated with Ruth Hsu and Susan Schultz (Tinfish editor, check out her blog) to bring small presses together. Readers from 'Oiwi, Bamboo Ridge, and Tinfish came together to support the arts, which is unique for Honolulu.
No'u Revilla, Brenda Kwon, Kai Gaspar, Lyz Soto, and Lisa-Linn Kanae rocked the stage when they performed their poetry and short stories. I say "performed" instead of "read" because each writer brought a certain individual energy to the stage. I was amazed at the turnout for this event, and thank everyone for attending. We also raised $180, which will go towards HopeH, an organization dedicated to helping the people of Haiti.
No'u Revilla is from Waiehu, Maui, earned her BA in Women's Studies, and is taking gradue courses at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Brenda Kwon is a writer, poet, and educator born and raised in Hawai'i. Lyz Soto is a performance poet and Executive Director of Youth Speaks Hawai`i. Lisa-Linn Kanae is the author of the short story collection Islands Linked By Ocean, published by Bamboo Ridge and Sista Tongue, published by Tinfish Press. She is also a teacher at Kapiolani Community College.
You can purchase books and literary magazines at Tinfish Press here, Bamboo Ridge here, and 'Oiwi here.