PROGRAM: Bamboo Ridge Poetry Programs and Teachers’ Corner

Presented by:
Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
Subject: K-12 Education, Poetry, Varies Audience: Educators, K-12

The Hawai’i Council for the Humanities has partnered with Bamboo Ridge Press to feature humanities programs associated with local literature and poetry deemed especially appropriate for humanities discussion, and which features an online web page, The Teachers Corner. Programs have focused on books, such as: No Choice but to Follow, 48 linked poems by four local women poets, using a traditional, highly collaborative style of Japanese poetry; Revisiting the Massie Affair, a project that uses the same linked verse model to write about a turning point in local history – the Massie-Kahahawai murder trials of 1931-32 – and features commentary by historian John Rosa, who has written a book, Local Story, on the same subject; Anshu: Dark Shadow, a historical novel by Juliet Kono on a woman’s life beginning on a Hilo plantation and moving through World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima; and a book of poems by Wing Tek Lum on the “Nanjing Massacre.”

A priority of the project is to hold more public humanities programs in rural communities and on the neighbor islands.