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February 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Joseph Han is the author of Orphan, a chapbook published by Tinfish Press. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, where he was awarded the 2015 Academy of American Poets Prize.
Timothy Dyke lives with parrots in Honolulu, Hawaii. He teaches high school students and writes essays, poems and stories. In 2012 he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His poetry chapbook, “Awkward Hugger,” was published in 2015 by Tinfish Press.
The author of 16 poetry collections, most recently Sing This One Back to Me (Coffee House Press, 2013) and A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (a collaboration with Chuck Close (Aperture, 2006)), Bob Holman has taught at Columbia, NYU, Bard, and The New School. As the original Slam Master and a director at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, creator of the world’s first spoken word poetry record label, Mouth Almighty/Mercury, curator/coordinator of the St Marks Poetry Project, and the founder/proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, Holman has played a central role in the spoken word and slam poetry movements. A co-founder and co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, Holman’s study of hip-hop and West African oral traditions led to his current work with endangered languages. Holman is the producer and host of various films, including “The United States of Poetry” (INPUT International Public TV Award), “On the Road with Bob Holman,” “Ginsberg’s Karma,” and “Khonsay: Poem of Many Tongues,” (Viewers Choice Award, Sadho Poetry Film Festival) which premiered at the Margaret Mead Film Festival. His most recent film, “Language Matters with Bob Holman,” winner of the Berkeley Film Festival’s 2015 Documentary of the Year award, was produced by David Grubin and aired nationally on PBS. “Language Matters” takes viewers around the world: to a remote island off the coast of Australia where 400 Aboriginal people speak 10 different languages, all at risk; to Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and to Hawaii, where Hawaiians are fighting to save their native tongue. With a grant from the Ford Foundation, Holman traveled to language revitalization centers across Alaska in fall 2015, screening “Language Matters,” hosting poetry workshops, and interacting with indigenous communities working to preserve Alaska’s 20 native languages. In February 2016, Holman will screen “Language Matters” at similar special events in communities across Hawaii.