9:00am — Check-in and Coffee (on the lanai)
9:30am — Welcome and Reading of James Vaughn Award-Winning Poem. (lanai)
10:00-11:30 — First Workshop Sessions (choose one):
Fiction with Lisa Linn Kanae (in AC 101)
Born and raised on O`ahu, Lisa Linn Kanae is the author of Sista Tongue and Islands Linked by Ocean. Kanae’s prose and poetry have been published in Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, Hybolics, Tinfish, Hawai`i Pacific Review and Bamboo Ridge publications. She is the recipient of the 2010 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Emerging Artist. She teaches literature and composition at Kapi‘olani Community College in Honolulu.
Poetry with Rajiv Mohabir (AC 204)
Winner of 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award and the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his first full-length collection The Taxidermist’s Cut (2016), and recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation’s Artist foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from at Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor in Chief of the Ozone Park Literary Journal. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i, where he teaches poetry and composition.
Creative Nonfiction with Stuart Holmes Coleman (AC 203)
Coleman has been published in numerous publications, including Men’s Journal, Salon.com, Sierra Magazine, Spirituality & Health, The Surfer’s Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Magazine and Charleston Magazine. Coleman is the author of the award-winning book Eddie Would Go (MindRaising Press, 2002, St. Martin’s Press, 2004) and Fierce Heart (St. Martin’s Press, 2009).
12:00-1:00 — Lunch (on lanai)
1:00-2:00 — Keynote Address by Nora Okja Keller (on lanai)
2:00-3:30pm — Second Workshop Session (choose one):
Fiction with Thomas Gammarino (in AC 101)
Thomas Gammarino is the author of the novels King of the Worlds (Chin Music Press, April 2016) and Big in Japan (Chin Music Press, 2009), and the novella Jellyfish Dreams (Amazon Kindle Single, 2012). His short fiction has appeared in The New York Tyrant, Tinfish, Word Riot, and The Hawai’i Review (among others), and he received the 2013 Elliot Cades Award for Literature. He lives in Honolulu with his wife and kids.
Scriptwriting with Lee Cataluna (AC 204)
Lee Cataluna was born on Maui and raised in plantation houses in Wailuku, Koloa, and Ka‘u. She is a 2004 winner of the Cades Award for Literature and served as the 2004-2005 Keables Chair at ‘Iolani School. Her award-winning plays have been produced in theaters around Hawai‘i and her collection of short stories, Folks You Meet in Long’s (Bamboo Ridge Press, 2005), was awarded the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for Excellence in Literature in 2006. Her novel, Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa, was released in 2011. Cataluna currently writes for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Poetry with Julia Wieting (AC 203)
Julia Wieting publishes The Cast Off Press and is poetry editor for Paradise Review. She has also edited Hawai‘i Review, Vice-Versa, and Kalamakua. Her poetry appears in Spiral Orb, Jack London is Dead, Hawai‘i Review, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Paradise Review, JAAM, Deep South, and Bone Bouquet.