Chapbook fest in March at Manifest

Please join us for Mixing Innovative Arts’ debut at our new location, celebrating chapbook releases at Manifest!

Winner of the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his first full-length collection The Taxidermist’s Cut (Spring 2016), Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation’s Artist foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. His poetry and translations are internationally published or forthcoming from journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Anti-, Great River Review, PANK, and Aufgabe. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from at Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor in Chief of the Ozone Park Literary Journal. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i.

Amalia Bueno has worked in the non-profit and government sectors as an editor, grant writer, teacher, community liaison and legislative researcher. Her poems and stories have appeared in various journals, anthologies and magazines such as Bamboo Ridge, Tinfish, Hawaiʻi Pacific Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, TAYO magazine, among others. A fellow of the Voices of our Nation’s Arts program and the recipient of Hawaiʻi Review’s 2013 Ian MacMillan Award for Poetry, Amalia received her MA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in English. Home Remedies (Finishing Line Press, 2015) is her first poetry chapbook.

Artist, educator, caregiver and author Lynn Young will read from her first book “Where’s My Ritspik?” This collection of poems and photographs recently published by Tinfish Press blurs the line between art and life through the art of listening. Formerly the Curator of Education at The Contemporary Museum, now known as Spaulding House, Lynn earned degrees in Visual Art and Creative Writing at UH-Manoa. She works with young children as a teaching artist in elementary schools and as a caregiver to the elderly in their homes.

First reading of 2015!

Another year, more readings. M.I.A. is excited for all to come with arts and literature in 2015. Join us as we start it all off the right way with our first reading of the year!

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Bring cash for books! Brenda Kwon’s THE SUM OF BREATHING fromBamboo Ridge Press and Susan M. Schultz’s MEMORY CARDS: DOGEN SERIES from Vagabond Press will be for sale.

About the readers:

Abbey Seth Mayer is a Master’s candidate in English, Creative Writing at the University of Hawai‘i. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Art, Painting Concentration from Yale College. He has lived in Hawai‘i for about twelve years. Drawing inspiration from magical realism, modernism, myth and canonical works from around the world, his work is often consumed by the beauty, inadequacy, fragility and light of human and animal skins.

Susan M. Schultz is a professor of English at UHM, where she’s taught since (sigh) 1990. Author of several books of poetry and poetic prose, most recently _Dementia Blog_ & _”She’s Welcome to Her Disease: Dementia Blog, Vol. 2″ & _Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series_, all from Singing Horse Press. Vagabond Press just published her booklet, _Memory Cards: Dogen Series_. She blogs at Tinfish Editor’s Blog ( and edits at Tinfish Press (

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Brenda Kwon is the author of _Beyond Ke’eaumoku: Koreans, Nationalism, and Local Culture in Hawai’i_ and co-editor of _YOBO: Korean American Writing in Hawai’i_. Her works have appeared in various journals and publications, including Amerasia and Ishmael Reed’s Konch, and she has performed her work both nationally and internationally. A 2005 Fulbright Fellow, she currently teaches Language Arts at Honolulu Community College and yoga at Open Space Yoga.