R148. Come Talk Story: Hawai`i Writers on Place, Politics, and Da Kine

Room 611, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Hawai`i’s literary culture is unique in that it encompasses indigenous, local, Oceanic, and settler perspectives to create a layered, complex vision of place and politics. With their fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, the writers in this panel are working to break regional branding and push back against a touristic gaze. The reading will be followed by a lively discussion about how work by Hawai`i writers and from Hawai`i presses is shifting the genres of multicultural and American literature.



Kristiana Kahakauwila is the author of This is Paradise, a collection of short stories about Hawai`i, which was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program and Target’s Emerging Author program. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Western Washington University.

Keala Francis is a creative writer, freelance journalist, and PhD student at UH Manoa. She has won awards for her fiction and her short story, “Language Glass,” was recently published in the journal Essays & Fictions.

Robert Barclay is the author of the novel Melal, which was short-listed for the 2003 Kiriyama Prize and selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers program. He has also written Hawai`i Smiles: Island Stories. He is a professor of English at Windward Community College.


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