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Poetry Workshop – With State Poet Laureate: Brandy Nālani McDougall & Lee A. Tonouchi

May 19, 2024 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Photo of Brandy Nalani McDougall and Lee Tonouchi

Come and join us for a fun filled poetry workshop that will be led by poet/author Brandy Nālani McDougall and author Lee A. Tonouchi.  Participants will be encouraged to share their stories of Kaimukī while learning to create their own poems of place and healing.  Appropriate for Ages 12+

Space is limited, please RSVP by calling Kaimuki Library or stop by the Library Reference Desk.



Brandy Nālani McDougall – (Kanaka `Ōiwi, she / her / ’o ia) is the Hawai’i Poet Laureate for 2023-2025 and lives with her keiki in Kalaepōhaku in the ahupua’a of Waikīkī, O’ahu. She has published poetry collections: The Salt-Wind: Ka Makani Pa’akai (2008) and ʻĀina Hānau, Birth Land, June 2023. Brandy believes that by creating poetry and exploring stories of place we can connect and heal.

Lee A. Tonouchi – Stay known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla”. His Pidgin poetry collection Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai’i Okinawan Journal won da Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. 

Acknowledgments: The Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate program is supported by Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and Hawaiʻi State Public Library System.

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May 19, 2024
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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