Department of English and Applied Linguistics News



NeJame's works included in 2013 issue of Poetry Kanto, the International Journal of Poetry

After last year's Pushcart Prize nomination for "The Essence of Arrak" (2011), NeJame is very honored to be included in this year's edition of Poetry Kanto. The poetry journal prides itself on their mission which of looks at cultural identity, navigating the spaces/gaps between cultures--and fostering the idea, through the sharing of work, of being less rooted in nation and more attuned to our relations with one another. The four poems in total-- "The Mountain Makes the Weather," "This Day," "The Corniche, Now as Then,"and "Violets"--can be found in this year's release on Poetry Kanto's  official website, along with archived issues that include her previous entries from 2011 and 2012:






PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theatre Company Presents:

Houseless in Paradise

A theatrical production by, for, and about the Homeless of Oahu


Place, Time, and Dates:
tjarksplay.jpgOahu Fringe Festival at ARTS at Marks Garage: Nov 7-8, Thu.-Fri. at 7:30 PM*
Central Union Church: Nov. 9-10, Sat. 7 p.m. Sun. 4 p.m.
Catholic Charities, HI: Nov. 15-17, Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m.
McCoy Pavilion: Nov. 22-24, Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m.
Price:  Free with a suggested donation of $20; No one is turned away for inability to pay,
Reservations recommended by going to or by calling PlayBuilders at 218-0103
HONOLULU—  Who is the old man sitting in A’ala Park or the young mother being helped by Family Promise or the disabled vet holding a sign up at the traffic light that says, “Pray for me.” Is that your son’s teacher, the caterer of your daughter’s wedding at the transitional shelter? Listen to the voices of those who are most affected by homelessness and learn that you may have more in common with them than you realize.  The goal of this project is to spark creativity and empathy in approaching the issue of homelessness as a community.PlayBuilders of Hawai‘i Theatre Company’s Dr. Mark Tjarks has interviewed more than 60 members of the Oahu’s “houseless” community, service provider employees, a State Senator, and the City’s and State’s coordinators on homelessness, and has structured a play by and about the homeless using their words.
   Houseless in Paradise is a unique theatrical event that features a 12 member cast comprised of 6 members of Oahu’s homeless community performing along side 6 members of Honolulu’s Theatre Community. Through a process of mutual mentorship, they tell stories they have either personally experienced or interpreted from the interviews. The play incorporates music and song into what is sure to be a delightful, entertaining, and educational experience for the entire family.  Directed by PlayBuilders’ artistic director, Terri Madden, Houseless in Paradise is made possible through the sponsorship of Catholic Charities Hawaii, and grants from the Mayor’s Office on Culture and the Arts, and the Hawaii People’s Fund, as well as the help of community partners serving the homeless community, including Family Promise, Gregory House, the Homeless Working Group (Sen. Chun Oakland), Honolulu Community Action Program, I.H.S., Partners-In-Care, Kumuhonua, Mental Health Kokua: Safe Haven, River of Life Mission, U.S. Vets (Barbers Point and Waianae Civic Center), and Weinberg Village. For more information, go to PlayBuilders’ mission is to help Hawai‘i’s rich and diverse communities explore and share place, identity, relationships, history, and cultures through theatre.

*Fringe Festival tickets are $10/per performance. You can also buy a festival pass. For more information, go to their website at

Patrice Wilson publishes poetry collection

Cover of Hughes of Darkness  The first full length poetry collection by Dr. Patrice Wilson was published August 29, 2013 by eLectio Press.  Patrice M. Wilson’s previous publications include three chapbooks of poetry with Finishing Line Press titled When All Else Falters (Dec. 2003), On Neither Side (July 2009), and A Different Current (2011); two other chapbooks with other writers called Light to See By (Loose Hair Press, Honolulu, 1999) and Cooked, Washed, Swept, Dusted (Honolulu, 1998). Her poetry has recently appeared in Yes, Poetry; Eclipse, The Snail Mail Review, Conversations across Borders, Poetry Superhighway, Nightblade, Eunoia, The 2011 Rhysling Anthology, Common Ground, Bloodroot, Poiesis (#3 & #4), Transcendental Visions, Barbaric Yawp, and The Journal of New Jersey Poets. Her poetry has won the following honors: University of Hawai‘i Myrle Clark Poetry Competition, Third Prize,1992; Academy of American Poets UH Competition, Honorable Mention, 1991 and 1992; First runner up in Redgreene Press (Pittsburgh, PA) Poetry Chapbook Contest (combined 2000 and 2001 contest), September, 2001. Runner up in Dead Metaphor Press Chapbook Contest, 2001. Fifth Honorable Mention in Finishing Line Press’s (Ohio) New Women’s Voices Poetry Contest, Spring 2003. Nominated for the Rhysling Prize of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2011. She is Associate Professor of English at Hawai‘i Pacific University in Honolulu Hawai‘i.     

Houston Wood is an invited panelist at the Hawaii International Film Festival

CINEMA AND THE PACIFIC 'OTHER' - PANEL DISCUSSION Saturday October 19 02:30 PM Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre FREE ADMISSION

 Over the last 32 years, HIFF’s programming has focused on films about the Pacific Rim produced by filmmakers from the Pacific Rim. In this special scholar-based panel discussion accompanying the Pacific Retrospective Film Program series, the Festival examines 20th-century representations and depictions of the South Pacific through a western lens. Over the last 100 years, many of the films featured in the retrospective program were influential in shaping western perceptions of the Pacific and its people. At a time when indigenous Pacific film is beginning to flourish, HIFF believes it is important to explore the history of the relationship between cinema and the South Pacific region. Panel topics will include representations of the Other, exoticism, and stereotypes such as the “noble savage” with a focus on films presented in the retrospective film program.Moderator Vilsoni Hereniko, a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa professor and filmmaker, leads a lively discussion with three panelists—New Zealand scholar Selina Tusitala Marsh, Los Angeles–based filmmaker Arthur Dong (Hollywood Chinese), Hawaii Pacific University professor Houston Wood, and Alice Somerville, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Laurie Leach chosen as NEH Summer Scholar

Walden Pond Photo Dr. Laurie Leach was one of 25 college faculty from around the  country chosen to participate in the NEH Summer Institute on "Transcendentalism and Social Action in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller” held in Concord Massachusetts from  July  7-19, 2013.  Participants attended lectures by prominent scholars of 19th century American Literature and visited  various landmarks and historical sites relating to  Transcendtalism, 19th century Utopian communities and the  Anti-slavery movement, were provided with orientations and some research time at the Concord Free Public Library (which  as many important collections), The Thoreau Institute and the  Massachusetts Historical Society and participated in discussions of teaching the Transcendentalists.  In the photo, taken at the original site of Thoreau's cabin, Dr.  Leach is next to the Thoreau impersonator on the right.