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Why I love being a poet April 30, 2012: Since this will be my last post for Harriet, I want to first thank all the good folks at the Poetry Foundation for sharing their space with me for National Poetry Month. Thanks to all the readers here for attention, I hope you will stay in touch with me through my blog or Facebook. Being able to share my thoughts, passions, emotions, and [...] by

Poetry, Politics, and Letters to the Empire April 30, 2012: It's always exciting to me when poets actively engage in politics. I respect poets who are finding new and creative ways to address politics in their poetry (symbolic engagement); and I honor poets who sacrifice their writing time to work within their respective communities or within political institutions (activist engagement), even if their [...] by

The Indigenous Sovereign Imaginary April 26, 2012: As some of you know, I am currently on a three-universities in-four-days-California-reading-tour. You can see my event calendar here. In between these readings, I will be meeting with my dissertation committee (for those who don't know, I am completing my Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley). My dissertation [...] by

Poetry Parnassus, the London 2012 Olympics, and Decolonization April 23, 2012: Even though my homeland of Guam is a colony of the United States, Guam received International Olympic Committee recognition in 1987 and competed the following year in Seoul, Korea, and in every Olympics since then. For the Telegraph's London 2012 Olympic Games coverage, they created a webpage for every competing country. These pages [...] by

Poetry at the Indigenous Studies Conference April 20, 2012: I survived the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa, Indigenous Studies Student Conference and all I got was a feeling of authenticity. The conference fulfilled its theme, "Olo Nā Iwi (The Bones Lives): Indigenous Continuity," by presenting the myriad (and interdisciplinary) ways in which indigenous peoples continue to breathe, grow, learn, think, [...] by

“Ola Nā Iwi (The Bones Live)”: Indigenous Continuity & Native Voices April 12, 2012: According to the Fall 2010 demographics at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa (UHM), nearly 3,500 students identify as native, with 3,328 Pacific Islanders and 89 American Indians/Alaska Natives. When I was hired last semester as an assistant professor in the English department at UHM to teach Pacific literature and creative writing, I knew I [...] by

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Facebook April 9, 2012: Once, blogging was king. My Google reader was a feast of interesting subscriptions to blogs written by poets. The Poetry Foundation was paying bloggers to write for Harriet. Comment boxes were the new salons. I was never bored; thus, I never had to conclude that I have no inner resources. And then People stopped commenting on each other's [...] by

Conference Spotlight: Native American Literature Symposium (Part 2) April 6, 2012: Did I mention the food? If I had the space and time, I would blog about every panel, paper, and keynote of the Native American Literature Symposium; instead, I will focus on the poetry-related events. The first panel I attended featured two scholars from the U of Oklahoma, Waleila Carey and Royce Freeman, presented "Weaving Generations [...] by

Conference Spotlight: The Native American Literature Symposium (Part 1) April 2, 2012: First, thanks to the Poetry Foundation for inviting me to contribute. I am honored and humbled to be among such great poet-bloggers. One of my favorite annual conferences is the Native American Literature Symposium (NALS). The last time I attended this conference was in 2010, and I also blogged about it then for the Poetry Foundation, so I [...] by

“A Woman with Shamanic Agency” May 4, 2010: Lucas de Lima and Sarah Fox discuss Hiromi Itō's Killing Kanoko : "Well, I might argue that Anne Waldman and Alice Notley are among Itō’s North American sisters. Both embrace shamanic expression and the vatic. Both also reveal, and re-imagine, the feminine in mythic time, and share a blatant and outraged rejection of patriarchy. Itō [...] by