April is national Poetry month


Poetry Reading painted by Beryl Cook

For eight years now April has also been the month of Kauai's annual Poetry Festival, founded by Dawn Kawahara and sponsored by the Garden Island Arts Council (GIAC) . For the first time this year's contest theme "Random Acts of Kindness" was also open to the other Hawaiian islands.

There will be two poetry events to celebrate GIAC's Eight Kauai &First Statewide Poetry Fest.

Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 3:00 to 5:00pm
Kilohana, across from Kukui Grove and Chiefess K. Middle school

Reading & Award Ceremony will be held at the intimate and elegant setting of the Living Room at Kilohana, courtesy of Fred Atkins and the kind Kilohana Partners.
You will have a chance to hear the contestants present their poems and celebrate the three award winners and 4 honorable mention winners.
A selection of the poets' books/chapbooks will be displayed for sale.

Sat, April 30, 2005 at 5:00 to 6:30pm
Talk Story Bookstore,Café &Gallery, downtown Hanapepe

“Random Acts of Kindness” Statewide Poetry Contest Reading in celebration of National Poetry Month will be held at the Bookstore, courtesy of its kind owners Cynthia & Ed.  Poets from Kauai, and island visitors are invited to read original poems on any subject in “round robin”. The owners are also offering an optional East Indian plate dinner at nominal cost.

For more information on both events, contact 
Dawn Kawahara at or call 822-3271

Current poetry/writing workshops, sponsored by the GIAC at the Aloha Center, Nawiliwli (formerly Hale Kauai)

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 6:30 to 9:00pm
Poetry Workshop, taught by Joseph McNeilly,
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Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6:30 to 8:30pm
"Right Brain Rites"--Poetry playshop facilitated by Michaella Mintcheff
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Every 2nd and 4th Thurrsday at 6:30 to 9:00pm
Writing for Publication, workshop taught by Joseph McNeilly
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"The dream which is not fed with dream disappears." Antonio Porcia


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