For the second episode of this themed call for materials, we are featuring Grace Iwashita-Taylor and Paolo Bicchieri + the music they chose to go with their work. And remember that this call for materials remains open for submissions (so if you get inspired listening to this magic, we hope you’ll send us what you’re writing!).
Grace Iwashita-Taylor, breathing bloodlines of Samoa, England, and Japan, born and raised in Aotearoa. An artist of upu/words led her to the world of performing arts, but poetry remains the constant lover. Dedicated to carving, elevating and holding spaces for storytellers of Te Moana nui a Kiwa. (NOTE: Grace would like to acknowledge her friends No’u & Aiko and Mama Alice Walker whose words are also woven into this poem.)
Paolo Bicchieri is a poet, journalist, and novelist living on the West Coast. His work has appeared with Nomadic Press, Quiet Lightning, Eater SF, Standart Magazine, and more. He can be found calling his family on Sundays. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @paoloshmaolo. Paolo got connected to It’s Lit by former It’s Lit feature Kevin Dublin, whose work we first aired back in 2017 when we were on KTUH.
- LIT: Grace Teuila Taylor’s “MATALA x”
- “HZ15” Honzoh
- LIT: Paolo Bicchieri’s “Once More for Pecos Bill”
- “The World Is Yours” Nas