8/1/17 Show Notes ft. Malialina Derden

This week’s show features Malialina Derden’s poetry and a musical playlist she’s curated to complement her work! Tune in!!


Malialina Derden is a Filipino/ Black poet from Oʻahu. Malia is currently one of four members on the Hawaiʻi Slam Team that will be competing at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado, this upcoming August. In 2017 she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Returning to Our Roots program as a story collector and capacity builder in her home district of Honolulu. In 2016 she became the first woman to represent Hawaiʻi at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, New York. She is a former member of the 2014 Pacific Tongues slam team that competed at Brave New Voices in Philadelphia and recently served as a Future Corp member in San Francisco for the festival in July. She has also competed at poetry slams and events across the island including Slam of the Pacific and A Stage of Our Own. Some of her other work includes facilitating workshops for an after-school slam poetry club and interning for Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking. Malia is most inspired by her mother and the stories of the people around her.


  1. LIT: “Sweet” by Malialina Derden
  2. MUSIC: Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”
  3. MUSIC: Sam Cooke’s “Summer Time”
  4. LIT: “Names” by Malialina Derden
  5. MUSIC: Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”
  6. MUSIC: Otis Redding’s “You Send Me”
  7. MUSIC: Etta James’s “At Last”
  8. LIT: “A Prayer of Our Own” by Malialina Derden and Grace
  9. MUSIC: Leon Bridge’s “River”
  10. MUSIC: Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”





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