Call for Materials

Aloha, Fam! Thank you so much for your interest in being featured on our radio show/podcast called It’s Lit, featuring writers to love and the music their work plays best around. Below is all the info you need to be featured on the show.

THEMED CALL: LIT FOR THE MAUNA

In support of the kiaʻi of Mauna a Wākea, we invite literature written for the mauna.

Noʻu Revilla was invited to lead a poetry workshop on the first day of classes at Puʻuhuluhulu University, which has been established as “an actual Hawaiian place of learning” at the puʻuhonua and features a variety of learning exchanges about ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, mele, moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina consciousness, and more. Noʻu combined workshops with Kahala Johnson, who engaged the Kumulipo to talk about mana māhū. Inspired by Kahoʻokahi Kanuha’s question “What kind of kupuna will you be?” the poetry workshop was guided by themes of desire, family, and resistance. Repetition, as Noʻu explains, was the central poetic device “to hoʻomana or grow the power and resonance of Kahoʻokahi’s question into a promise to our future as a lāhui.” You are invited to respond to the poetry prompt used on the mauna that day in workshop: “I will be a kupuna who…” In the spirit of kapu aloha, which is alive and thriving at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu, you are encouraged to use action phrases and imagery that highlight connectivity and community.

This call for materials is currently open and ongoing. Please send your work, and any questions you have, to itslitwithphdj@gmail.com.

Materials to Submit:

  1. Recordings of your literature. Most folks record themselves on their smart phones. Please begin your recording by saying “This is [your name] and this is my [poem/short story/CNF piece] titled [title].”
  2. The song you’d like played after your lit.
  3. A short bio you like that tells people about you and includes info for how folks can connect to more of your work (social media handles are also welcome).
  4. Your preferred gender pronoun(s), so we can speak about you correctly.

GENERAL CALL

What we’re looking for:

Because art, like the personal, is always political, we are interested in lit with a purpose.

We want to feature lit that draws ancestors close, that reminds us of how they hold us and that in telling their stories we can hold them too, that underscores our genealogical connections, that reflects lived experiences in the body (that oftentimes-fraught domain), that speaks out against racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, that looks attraction and desire in the face, that remembers how to slow dance, that tends garden boxes for decolonial love, that creates new space, that builds community, that centers love of land and ocean, that centers Oceania, that knows the power of our imaginations and is devoted to genuine security, that remembers that what it means to be a grove of trees, that invites us to talk with those difficult, complex emotions we’ve been avoiding and reminds us that we’re safe to feel them, that reminds us that one of the world’s greatest fictions is that we are alone. We are interested in featuring lit that reminds us that we are not alone.

We are also still inviting submissions that address the theme Water Is Life and the love of water. For these particular submissions, we are especially interested in pieces that are in support of water protectors, at Standing Rock, on Maui, worldwide, that are about the power of nonviolent resistance, including what it means to be prayerful and guided and vigilant within ongoing movements for genuine security, that speak truth to power, that center love of water and land and ancestors.  

And, so it’s known, we’re excited to feature Indigenous writers, people-of-color writers, LGBTQI writers, intersectional writers, the-personal-is-political writers, ally-is-a-verb writers, drawing-on-our-ancestors writers, heart-wrenching writers, the-revolution-won’t-be-televised writers, sexy writers, boundary-exploding writers, healing writers, community-building writers, damn-the-man-and-the-empire writers, all-of-the-above writers.

And we’re super excited to hear the musical choices you pair with your dope writing.


On O‘ahu? Record live in person! Too shy (or off-island)? Prerecord!

Send PhDJ a message at itslitwithphdj@gmail.com if you’d like to be featured on the show. We can arrange for you to record with us in person or you can prerecord and send your sound files over to us, and we’ll send you all the details of what we need for your feature.

Unsure about what you’ve got will fit the vision for the show? Shoot us an email at itslitwithphdj@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

 

 

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