Wailua poet and author presents reading and workshops

Award-winning author and poet Dawn Fraser Kawahara of Wailua conducted two specialized student workshops in poetry writing on Thursday by the invitation of Deborah Hailey of the Kaua‘i High Library, who is sponsoring a school-wide celebration for National Poetry Month. Kawahara followed up the morning class workshops with a reading open to students and staff in the school library, drawing from her books, “Behold Kaua‘i—Modern Days, Ancient Ways” and “Jackals’ Wedding, A Memoir of a Childhood in British India.”

Kawahara, former Poet-in-the-Schools and creator-coordinator of seven years of the Garden Island Arts Council Poetry Fest and related writing contests, has given workshops in creative writing through the forms of poetry and memoir on-island, on the Mainland, and internationally.

In celebration of April’s National Poetry Month, the author will be one of the guest authors featured at the upcoming Fourth Biennial “Celebrate Reading” and Kaua‘i Literature Festival at Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center, presented in partnership with Department of Education middle to high schools.

The public can meet the authors and attend individualized discussions on April 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. free of charge. DOE and private school classes as well as book discussion and literature groups are at this time reading from a select reading list in preparation for the “Celebrate Reading” venue, but anyone (12 to adult) may attend. For further information, contact 245-8280 or 821-4470 ext. 165.

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