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Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Today, the last day of Poetry Month, we hear from the late W.S. Merwin, award winning U.S. Poet Laureate. He spent his last three decades cultivating a palm garden at his home in Peahi, Maui.  His narrative, The Folding Cliffs, combines western epic poetry with Hawaiian chant.  In 2008, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with Merwin about achieving that synthesis.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

 

   Award winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye grew up in Palestine, Jerusalem, and San Antonio.  She has traveled the world leading writing workshops and inspiring readers and writers of all ages.  Rooted in her experience as a Palestinian American, Nye addresses international politics, immigration, identity, and other issues with a poet’s particular ability to connect.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa interviewed her at Shangri-La, where Nye is currently Artist in Residence.

     

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  The 2010 U.S. Census reported that Chamorro, the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands, are the third largest Pacific Islander group in the US.  Chamorro arrived in Hawaii aboard whaling ships in the  1800’s, and a community of seven thousand lives here now.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Craig Santos Perez,  a Chamorro writer living in Hawai‘i who has just won an American Book Award.

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   This Saturday and Sunday the grounds of Honolulu Hale will be teeming with lovers of books, music and dance.  Scholarly panels and lively performances, opportunities to meet famous authors and get books at hugely discounted prices are just part of the draw for this year’s Hawai’i Book and Music Festival.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a winner of this year’s Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Wing Tek Lum.