This week’s show features live, on-air readings of the fiction of Sam Ikehara and the poetry of Tina Togafau along with the music that these authors have curated to played around their work. You’ll need to tune in to the full episode to hear their lit, but you can preview their bios and playlists below!
Sam Ikehara was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu and recently finished her MA in English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. In the Fall, she will start her PhD in American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
Born and raised in California, Tina Togafau (Samoan/Western Shoshone) spent most of their adult life in Santa Cruz working with local churches and writing quantum physics inspired prose and poetry. They currently live in Honolulu and will begin their PhD in English at UH Mānoa this fall. Their writing is an honest mess of identity that is completely tangled like spools of thread left at the bottom of some aged mother’s sewing bag; it’s a technicolored knot of thread made up of a variety of subjects: astronomy, physics, theology, Samoan and Newe stories, queerness, and family.
Sam Ikehara’s Playlist
- SONG–Frank Ocean’s “Voodoo”
- FICTION—Star Gazing (part 1)
- SONG–Empress Of’s “Woman Is a Word”
- SONG–Blood Orange’s “Best to You”
- FICTION—Star Gazing (part 2)
- SONG–Amy Winehouse’s “We’re Still Friends (Live at Union Chapel)”
Tina Togafau‘s Playlist
- SONG–Redbone – “Come and Get Your Love”
- POEM–“CHIMERA: MONSTER :: afakasi:”
- SONG–Alabama Shakes – “Rise to the Sun”
- POEM–“Nāfanua Pt. III”
- SONG–Try the Pie- “Aluʻa”
- POEM–“I Remember You as A Time of Day”
- SONG–Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “When We Swam”
- POEM–“Nāfanua Pt. I”
- SONG–Lee Kava “Fonua Mamaʻo”