Poetry To Fill New WCC Library

A public poetry reading, complete with digital music, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in an “Out Loud in the Library” program at Windward Community College’s new Library Commons.

“If you are used to crowd- ing into the old Hale La‘akea,” warned WCC language arts instructor Janine Oshiro, “you will be stunned by our capacious and sunny architectural marvel.”

The reading and listening event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with music by the Digital Music Production class starting at 6.

Poets sharing their work are listed below.
• Brandy Nalani McDougall, assistant professor of indigenous studies at UH Manoa and author of The Salt-Wind, Ka Makani Pa‘akai; she also recorded an amplified poetry album, Undercurrent.

• Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamoru, published poet and co-founder of Ala Press with McDougall and also co-star of Undercurrent. He won the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry, among other honors. The assistant professor teaches Pacific literature and creative writing in the UH Manoa English department.

• Daren Kamali, a Fiji- born New Zealander co-founded the South Auckland Poets Collective. His first book/CD is Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World. He is the Fulbright/Creative New Zealand recipient of the 2012 Pacific Writer in Residence at UH Manoa.

• Youth Speaks Hawaii’s members Jonra Lesigh, Serena Simmons, Sterling Higa, Rob Words and Jocelyn Ng will perform slam poetry.

For more information, call Oshiro at 236-9231.