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Clear the stage for ISLAND WRITERS

April 6, 2008
The Maui News
KAHULUI — A trio of Hawaii’s most prominent writers will take the stage to share their works and talk about the creative process during the “Island Writers” panel at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Maui Arts &?Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater.

The event will feature playwright Lee Cataluna, poet Cathy Song and teacher Mavis Hara. Drawing from their individual fields, the veteran communicators will read excerpts of their works and discuss how each faces the challenges of the creative process. Audience members can get in on the action as well, with a question-and-answer session planned.

Following a notable 10-year career in local television and radio, Cataluna became a columnist for The Honolulu Advertiser in 2000 and has written several plays. She has studied playwriting with Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Y York and at the David Henry Hwang Playwriting Institute at the East West Players in Los Angeles. She is also a 2004 winner of the Cades Award for Literature.

Cataluna will read from her book “Folks You Meet in Longs,” a series of monologues from people and employees of the familiar drugstore.

“It’s all fiction, but some of it is loosely based on actual stuff I saw in my favorite store,” Cataluna said.

“I picked Longs as a setting because of the idea that every character you write has a need that they are desperately trying to fill . . . prescriptions, extra-strength Tylenol, a brace for your gimpy ankle, cooler for the beach. On a deeper level, attention, comfort, stimulation, relief,” she added.

Song is the author of “Cloud Moving Hands,”?“Picture Bride,”?“Frameless Windows,” “Squares of Light” and more. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Cades Award, the Hawaii Award for Literature and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Most notably, she earned the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize.

Hara is a reading instructor at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu. She has recently published her book “An Offering of Rice,” as well as numerous stories and poems and has been athologized in Asian American fiction and poetry collections such as “Growing Up Asian-American.”

Tickets are $25, half-price for kids 12 and younger, plus applicable fees, available at the MACC?box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at


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