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Articles written by Hawaii teachers and writers.

Priory Students 'Write Like Wing Tek Lum'


Wing Tek Lum visits St. Andrew's Priory School to read and discuss pieces from his upcoming collection, 'The Nanjing Massacre: Poems.'

Mililani Hughes on the Volcano Renshi workshop


A participant's view of the Volcano Renshi workshop. (See my blog).

Volcano Renshi Workshop: 'Ama'uma'u Renshi


Each group decided on the line up; the first person pulled out from an envelope a piece of paper with a line taken from No Choice but to Follow. This line was the basis of the title of the link. Each member had seven minutes to write a poem using the last line of the preceding link.

Volcano Renshi Workshop: 'Olapa Renshi


Each group decided on the line up; the first person pulled out from an envelope a piece of paper with a line taken from No Choice but to Follow. This line was the basis of the title of the link. Each member had seven minutes to write a poem using the last line of the preceding link. (By chance Doodie picked a line from the first link of NCbtF. Enjoy!

Teachers Talk Back: on poets in the classroom


Teachers respond to poetry readings and workshops by the BR renshi poets: Jean Toyama, Juliet Kono, Ann Inoshita, and Christy Passion.

Brien Hallet reviews Juliet Kono's Anshu


Brien Hallet, Associate Professor at the University of Hawai'i's Institute for Peace reviews Juliet Kono's novel, 'Anshu'

Renshi Workshop


Ann Inoshita shares idea generating techniques with students, and students produce their own renshi poems.

They Can Do It


My write-up shows the steps I took in getting the students to write their own renshi. The process was simple:
1. playing a word association game like--river, rocks; rocks, roll; roll, cinammon and so on.
2. dividing the class into small groups of four or five;
3. writing my own poem and having the first writer in the groups take my last line to start their own poems;
4. reading their own poems;
5. pasting all of the poems, showing the sequence, and pasting the final scroll of poems on the board.

Kickstarting Poetic Vibes


Tips on how to motivate the creative process for the uninitiated poetry student/teacher.

Priory Students Follow in Renshi Writers’ Footsteps by Dr. Joan Perkins


A reading by Mavis Hara and Ann Inoshita touched off a renshi-writing craze at St. Andrew’s Priory School.