This August, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop joins Milkweed Editions in celebrating No’u Revilla‘s debut collection Ask the Brindled, which was selected by poet Rick Barot as a winner of the 2021 National Poetry Series. Praised by Craig Santos Perez as “an astonishing addition to the canon (or canoe) of Pacific Islander literature” this collection reclaims narratives placed upon queer and Indigenous Hawaiians in a “gorgeous unfolding of story and polemic, audacity and song” (Rick Barot).
For this virtual celebration, No’u will be joined in conversation and story by Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer Julian Aguon, author of the lyric essay No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies.
This event will be streamed on Zoom Webinar. Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link via email in advance of the event. The event will be uploaded to the AAWW YouTube channel later this summer.
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This event will be captioned, and will include ASL Interpretation by Pro Bono ASL.
Noʻu Revilla is an ʻŌiwi (Hawaiian) poet and educator. Her debut book ASK THE BRINDLED (Milkweed Editions) won the 2021 National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Lit Hub, Beloit, ANMLY, and the Library of Congress and have also been adapted for theater and art exhibitions in Honolulu, New Mexico, and Aotearoa. Born and raised on Maui, she currently teaches creative writing at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is a lifetime “slyly / reproductive” student of Haunani-Kay Trask.
Julian Aguon is an Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer from Guam. He is the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of indigenous rights and environmental justice. He serves on the Global Advisory Council of Progressive International.
No'u Revilla, Julian Aguon