Interview with Chris Vandercook, co-host of The Conversation, Hawai‘i Public Radio's morning talk show, May 2018
Focus was the concept behind Ms. Aligned.
Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival, May 2018, Honolulu
Panel presentation on Ms. Aligned (see flyer to left of this column).
Interview with Anjoli Roy, host of It’s Lit with PhDJ, KTUH-FM, March 2018
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2018, Honolulu
"Ghosts and the Literary Imagination" was a presentation organized by Steve Heller, professor and chair of the creative writing department of Antioch University Los Angeles. Other presenters were Sheyene Foster Heller (Barton Community College) and Mark Spencer (University of Arkansas Monticello). See the Work and Peace blog for my contribution.
Conference and Bookfair of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, February 2017, Washington, DC
"Translation: Bringing Pakistani Writer Intizar Husain to the West," a panel presentation on February 9, was based on Story Is a Vagabond, the summer 2015 issue of Manoa Journal. Alok Bhalla, guest editor of the volume, was on the panel, and Frank Stewart, editor of Manoa, moderated. As the journal’s managing editor, I talked about my work on the volume and about Intizar Husain’s influence on my writing.
Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival, May 2016, Honolulu
Three other women and I read and talked about our contributions to Ms. Aligned.
Conference and Bookfair of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, February 2014, Seattle, Washington
Participating in "Male Creations and Their Female Creators" were Naomi Long, Sharon May, Adele Ne Jame, Shawna Yang Ryan, and me. In the proposal, the event was described as follows: "The women reading are award-winning authors with several books among them. Three have lived in other countries, and all are the daughters of immigrants to the United States. Their perspectives on literature, culture, society, and art are therefore not those of mainstream writers. In addition to reading their work, they will explain why they are fascinated by male characters and will talk about some of the men in their lives who have appeared in their writing."
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2013, Honolulu
"The Wave as Metaphor and Motif: A Discussion of the Use of Waves as a Literary Device" was a presentation organized by Steve Heller, professor and chair of the creative writing program at Antioch University Los Angeles. In the abstract prepared for the conference, Steve wrote, "From surfers to poets, the ocean has long called the cadence of humanity’s dreams. Four writers with distinctively different voices will discuss the use of waves as metaphor and motif in their own work, including short readings from work in progress." As one of the panelists, I talked about the wave metaphor as manifested in my poem "Wave of Cereus." (Below is an illustration of a night-blooming cereus from Wikimedia.)
University of the Ryukyus, March 2010, Naha, Okinawa
Hosted by Professor Katsunori Yamazato, Frank Stewart and I gave talks on the editing and production of Voices from Okinawa, the summer 2009 issue of Manoa Journal. The two-hour session was attended by faculty and graduate students involved in literary and linguistic projects at UR. Frank and I also met with Professor Yamazato to discuss the editing and production of a follow-up volume to Voices. This eventually became Living Spirit: Literature and Resurgence in Okinawa, the summer 2011 issue of Manoa.