Thursday, November 12, 2009

Represent! Fall Festival of Writers


Below is quoted from a press release put out by the UH-Manoa Department of English (for more information, click here):


The Ninth Fall Writers' Festival will bring locally and nationally renowned writers to UH Manoa and Kapi'olani Community College campuses. Three literary genres will be represented: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The festival has brought a wide range of writers to Hawai'i since 1998. Each festival has offered emphases on culture and location with writers from Samoa, Indonesia, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Hawai'i, Canada and the Mainland USA. 


Guest authors have strong connections with the communities of Hawai'i, including Kanaka Maoli authors Carlos Andrade, Davianna McGregor, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Lurline McGregor and Ty Kawika Tengan, who have each just published significant first books, and represent a new wave of literary and scholarly publishing by Hawaiians. In addition, distinguished Hawaiian playwright and alumna Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl (Cades Award for Literature) has published a first novel. The festival theme also alludes to representations that writers make on the page, and also to the groups that they belong to. We hope that this will make for interesting cross-cultural, and cross-genre panel discussions, and author readings, this November 18-20th. 


This year we begin our festival with a celebration of the late Ian MacMillan, our widely admired colleague who guided students in the English Department's creative writing program for more than forty years.

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