11/21/18 Show ft. Ashley Nakanishi

This episode of It’s Lit features the poetry and musical selections of Ashley Nakanishi!


Ashley Nakanishi is an Uchinna poet, actress, playwright and human rights activist based out of Hawaii. She travels to prisons, detention centers and domestic violence action centers nationally to teach poetry as a means of therapy. She currently teaches English/Philosophy at Honolulu Youth Correctional Facility. Her book Blood, Sweat, and Breastmilk (Pueo Press, 2016) is available online. Her forthcoming books include “She Crazy,” which is a poetry and prose collection revolving mental health, diaspora, and healing, and “The Last Sakura,” which is a graphic novel about Kiko, a young Okinawan girl who returns to Okinawa after her mother’s death and learns about her family’s past as shamans. Both books are coming out next year. In her free time she enjoys adventures with her daughter, Lyla, and dogs, Boomerang and Nikita.


  1. “I Walk on Water” by Kaleo
  2. LIT: “Sirens”
  3. “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy
  4. LIT: “Wolves”
  5. “Big Bad Wolf” by The Heavy
  6. LIT: “Bracelets”
  7. “Babygirl” by Brother Ali
  8. LIT: “Kokusai Dori”
  9. Okinawan Folk Song (Eisa)
  10. “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald
  11. “You Never Know” by Immortal Technique



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