This episode features visiting guests Lehua M. Taitano and Lisa Jarrett. Lehua, who was previously featured on episode 39 from 10/4/17, shares original poetry along with a piece from Clarissa Mendiola. Lisa shares a poem from July Cole. Both play music that goes best with these works. Lehua, Lisa, and cohost Jocelyn also talk about their latest artistic collaboration for Art 25, which will debut in Portland this October.
Check out this episode for beautiful poetry, playful conversation–with a whole lotta giggles–on lit, art, community, what genuine collaboration looks and feels like, including the importance of calling each other’s names, plus excellent tunes aaaaaand the truth about Jocelyn’s birth year and a Key and Peele substitute teacher way to say her name (you’ll see).
Mahalo, Lehua and Lisa, for taking time during your visit to Honolulu to bless our mics with your hearts and minds, and to Central Pacific Time, always always, for recording us, for dope bed music selections, and for the expert mixdown of the final version of this show!
Lehua M. Taitano is a queer Chamoru writer and interdisciplinary artist from Yigu, Guåhan (Guam) and co-founder of Art 25. She is the author of two volumes of poetry—Inside Me an Island (WordTech Editions) and A Bell Made of Stones (TinFish Press). Her chapbook, appalachiapacific, won the Merriam-Frontier Award for short fiction. She has two recent chapbooks of poetry and visual art: Sonoma (Dropleaf Press) and Capacity (a Hawai‘i Review e-chap). Her poetry, essays, and Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction have appeared in Poetry, Fence, Arc Poetry Magazine, Kartika Review, Red Ink International Journal, and numerous others. She is the recipient of a 2019 Eliza So Fellowship and the 2019 Summer Poet-in-Residence at The Poetry Center at The University of Arizona. She has served as an APAture Featured Literary Artist via Kearny Street Workshop, a Kuwentuhan poet via The Poetry Center at SFSU, and as a Culture Lab visual artist and curatorial advisor for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center. Taitano’s work investigates modern indigeneity, decolonization, and cultural identity in the context of diaspora.
Lisa Jarrett is an artist and educator. She is Assistant Professor of Community and Context Arts at Portland State University’s School of Art + Design. She is co-founder and co-director of KSMoCA (King School Museum of Contemporary Art) in NE Portland and the collective Art 25: Art in the 25th Century. Her intersectional practice considers the politics of difference within a variety of settings including: schools, landscapes, fictions, racial imaginaries, studios, communities, museums, galleries, walls, mountains, mirrors, floors, rivers, and lenses. She exists and makes socially engaged work within the African Diaspora. She recently discovered that her primary medium is questions.
- Emahoy Tsegué-Maryanm Guébrou’s “Homesickness”
- LIT: Lehua reads her poem “Cedar Waxwings, Pyracantha”
- Mulatu Astatke’s “Tezeta (Nostalgia)”
- LIT: Lehua plays her poem “Calls to Indicate Safety in Numbers”
- Sade’s “Soldier of Love”
- LIT: Lehua shares Clarissa Mendiola’s poem “Guålaffon”
- Sampa the Great’s “24”
- Lion Babe’s “Treat Me Like Fire”
- LIT: Lisa shares July Cole’s poem “With Sun Making the Battlefield”
- Erykah Badu’s “What’s Yo Phone Number / Telephone”
- Mereba’s “Kinfolk”
- Q&A signature questions and talking about Art 25
- Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U”
- Q&A continued
- Sade’s “The Moon and the Sky”
- Christian Scott aTund Adjuah’s “Ancestral Recall (feat. Saul Williams)”
Hits from 1994: Zhané’s “Groove Thang,” Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down,” Coolio’s “Fantastic Voyage”