For this week’s show, Lyz Soto shares a poem in response to our open call for materials. Check out her poems below plus playlist curated by the author herself.
BIO: Lyz Soto is Co-founder of Pacific Tongues and between 2008 and 2012 she was the Executive Director of Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi. Both organizations are committed to expanding and supporting spoken arts communities in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. She worked as the head coach of the Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi Slam Team between 2008 and 2012. In 2008 and 2009, the Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi Slam Team won Brave New Voices, the annual national youth poetry slam festival. She is currently working towards a PhD at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Department of English. Her areas of interest are poetry, spoken word, Pacific literature, and performance studies. Lyz is also a spoken artist. She has performed in Hawaiʻi, Aotearoa, Papua New Guinea and the continental United States. Her chapbook, Eulogies, was published in 2010 by TinFish Press. In 2014, her poem “American Homelands,” won the Ian MacMillan award for poetry, and in 2015 she had the pleasure of performing at the Library of Congress with Brandy Nālani MacDougall and Craig Santos Perez. Her chapbook, Translate Sun/Son/Sum, is now available for preorder from Finishing Line Press.
- SONG: Kuʻu Home o Kahaluu by Olomana
- POEM: “Ask Me About Maui.” In this piece, Lyz Soto reminisces on bits and pieces of the Maui of her childhood. The piece also reflects on what it was like to grow up during the bombing of the island of Kahoʻolawe.
- SONG: Free Nelson Mandela by The Special AKA
During this show, I reflected on the women’s march and also talked about how powerful the speech was that Noʻu Revilla, Jamaica Osorio, Joy Enomoto, and other mana wahine gave at the event. I encourage you to check out Noʻu’s description of speech that they performed, which she and others also performed on UHM campus days before the women’s march. Click here for more information!