For this week’s show, Nicky Loomis shares the very first creative nonfiction piece to be featured on this show in response to our open call for materials. Check out her poems below plus playlist curated by the author herself.
BIO: Nicky Loomis is a former Fulbright scholar in creative writing. She is at work on her first novel as an MFA candidate at UC Riverside’s low residency program. She lives in Los Angeles.
- SONG: Hungarian folk music from Transylvania by Arany Zoltán
- SONG: Kalyi Jag–Tuke Bahh (folk song from Hungary)
- STORY: This story is about a storytelling session between a first generation Hungarian American daughter and her Hungarian grandmother. It’s about memory and its porousness, the importance of a cut of a dress, and the call to remember. As Nicky says, “My sister and I called our grandma ‘Anyu’ growing up, even though it means “mom” in Hungarian. I wrote this out of a longing to understand what is lost between generations. Why those who try to remember are usually the offspring of those who try to forget.”
- SONG: Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 / Abbado · Berliner Philharmoniker
In recognition of the anniversary of the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, I am also sharing poetry and music from Hawaiian activists and artists.
POEM: Jamaica Osorio’s “1893”
SONG: Mark Kailana Nelson’s version of “Kaulana na pua”
POEM: Noʻu Revilla’s poem for Haunani-Kay Trask, from “Defending Life with the Spear of Memory, A night of Music, Poetry and personal reflection from August 18, 2016,” accompanied by Jamaica Osorio, singing “No Woman, No Cry”
SONG: “Hawaiʻi Aloha” | Song Across Hawai’i | Playing For Change Collaboration
“Hawaiʻi Aloha” features dozens of Hawai‘i’s top artists across many genres, and over 1,000 youth from 10 Hawaiian charter schools in one epic song. Recorded live across 27 locations, this is Hawaiiʻs most widely known song, used to close important gatherings of all sizes. It is a song of unity and Aloha ‘Aina (Aloha for one’s birthplace, land and home).
About this collaboration: Mana Maoli, a Hawaiian nonprofit, teamed up with Playing for Change and 4 Miles as part of their Mana Mele Project, which features a solar mobile studio and a Music & Multimedia academy. Alongside the youth – on campus, in real world settings, and in this video, is the “Mana Mele Collective” – over 200 artists, engineers, and filmmakers who donate their time and talents to mentorships, recordings and concerts in support of these schools. We hope you enjoy watching this collaborative effort as much as we enjoyed creating it!