HPU brings a stellar literary light to its Eleventh
Annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops March 8 at the Hawai‘i
Loa campus Cooke Academic Center. The featured speaker will
be Cathy Song, a local poet with an international background
Song won the Yale Younger Poets competition with her first volume,
Picture Bride, in 1983. The title refers to the practice of
Asian immigrants in Hawai‘i of marrying women from their
home country on the basis of an offical exchange of photographs.
Song, herself of Korean and Chinese descent, recounts, in her
title poem the experience of a young Korean woman who leaves
her home to marry a man she has never met. Details of the poem
suggest that, now a grandmother, she was one of the first Korean
immigrants to Hawai‘i in the 20th century.
Song was born in Honolulu and educated at Wellesley College
and Boston University. She lives in Hawai‘i today and
has published four other volumes of poetry: Frameless Windows,
Squares of Light; School Figures; The Land of Bliss; and Cloud
The Workshop is open to the public and begins at 8:45. For a
donation ($20 general and $10 students), participants receive
free breakfast and free drinks at lunch (bring your own).
After breakfast and the presentation of the eighth annual HPU
James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry, Song will deliver the keynote
address, followed by two series of workshops, one before and
one after lunch. Sessions will be held in non-fiction, poetry,
fiction, and scriptwriting.
The workshop is sponsored by HPU and the Hawai‘i Literary
Arts Council with a grant from the State Foundation on Culture
and the Arts.