Lyz Soto
Lyz Soto
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Lyz Soto

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

M.Phil. in Archaeological Heritage and Museums, Cambridge University

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College

 Honors and Awards

John Young Scholarship in the Arts, University of Hawaiʻi

Finalist for Sawtooth Poetry Prize with Ahsahta Press for Translate Sun/Son/Sum

Ian MacMillan Poetry Prize, University of Hawaiʻi

 Publications

Translate Sun/Son/Sum. Kentucky: Finishing Line Press, 2017.

 Eulogies. Honolulu: Tinfish Press, 2010.

When Ilocos Norte became Luzon became Philippines (an Aegean string) became ink drained from skin . . .” Home(is)lands: New Art and Writing from Guahan and Hawaii, edited by Brandy Nālani McDougall and Craig Santos Perez. Honolulu: Ala Press, 2017. 

“Note from Kailua.” Damfino. Damfino Press. January 2016.

“A Topography of Tears.” Damfino. Damfino Press. January 2016.

“Ke Kō.” Damfino. Damfino Press. January 2016.

“Nine Percent.” with Bryan Kuwada, Wansolwara: Voices for West Papua. edited by Anjoli Roy.  Hawaii Review. May 2015.

“American Homelands.” Hawaii Review, edited by Anjoli Roy. Honolulu: Board of   Publications, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2014. 

“Rice Wine and Mungo Bean.” Banninur : A Basket of Food. Blackmail Press 36. 2014.

 “This Could be a Poem: because global systems of racism made Ferguson possible.” Write for Ferguson: Protest Poetry from Hawaii Review. edited by Anjoli Roy. Hawaii Review. 2014.

“So Listen to Me: Spoken Word and Youth Activism,” The Value of Hawaiʻi 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, edited by Aiko Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua., Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2014.

 Editing Work

Full Length Book

Taylor, Grace. Full Broken Bloom. Honolulu: Ala Press, 2017. 

Performed Works

Jetñil-Kijiner, Kathy and Aka Niviâna. “Rise: From One Island to Another.” uploaded by 350.org, 12  September 2018, 350.org/rise-from-one-island-to-another/.

 Jetñil-Kijiner, Kathy. “Anointed.” Youtube, uploaded by Pacific Storytellers Group, 15 April 2018,  www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEVpExaY2Fs.

 Wasasala, Jahra Rager. A WORLD, WITH YOUR WOUND IN IT. Dance Poetry Performance. Tempo Dance Festival: Auckland. October 2017.

 Jetñil-Kijiner, Kathy, Jocelyn Ng, Terisa Siagatonu, and Jahra Rager Wasasala. “She Who Dies to Live.” ʻAe Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence. Honolulu: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, July 2017.

 Jetnil-Kijiner, Kathy. “Lade.” Honolulu Biennial. Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, May 2017.

 Jetnil-Kijiner, Kathy. “Dear Matafele Peinam.” Opening Ceremony for the United Nations Climate Leader’s Summit. September 2014.

 Osorio, Jamaica. “Kumulipo.” White House Poetry Jam. November 2009.

 Osorio, Jamaica and Ittai Wong. “Kaona.” Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival. July 2008.

Dramaturg Work

Jetñil-Kijiner, Kathy, Jocelyn Ng, Terisa Siagatonu, and Jahra Rager Wasasala. She Who Dies to Live. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Performance Premiere at the Pacific Arts Association Symposium. Brisbane, Australia, March 2019.

 Jetnil-Kijiner, Kathy. “Lōrro: Of Wings and Seas.” Asia Pacific Triennial. Brisbane, Australia, November 2018.

 Blog Pieces

“Mixed Messages: The Muliwai of Love.” Ke Kaupu Hehi Ale. July 2015,          hehiale.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/mixed-messages-love-as-muliwai/

 “The Trenches We Dig, the Mountains We Build.” Ke Kaupu Hehi Ale. April 2015,  hehiale.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/the-trenches-we-dig-the-mountains-we-build/

Papers and Presentations

“Political Cartoons and Graphic Novels- Process, Pedagogy, and Praxis.” with Maiana Minahal.  Democracy and the Informed Citizen: Visual Literacy from Political Cartoons to Graphic Novels for      Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities. Chaminade University of Honolulu, November 2018.

“Becoming an Informed Citizen of the World and Imaginative Thinker.” with Maiana Minahal.  Critical Reading and Engaged Writing Workshops for Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities. Chaminade University of Honolulu, October 2018.

“Our Bodies as Autobiographical Matter.” presented with Grace Teuila Taylor. The Center for Biographical Research Brown Bag Series. Honolulu, April 2018.

 “US/Pacific Poets Confronting US Empire.” presented with Collier Nogues, Brenda Shaughnessy,  Lawrence-Minh Davis, and Lehua Taitano. Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington DC, February 2016.

 “Spoken Words: A Poetic Space for Reclaiming Indigenous Identities.” Indigenous Studies Student Conference. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, March 2013.

“The Heart of Slam: Spoken Words, Testimonies, and Art in Competition” The Center for  Biographical Research Brown Bag Series. Honolulu, November 2012.

 “A Discussion on Pedagogy and Spoken Word.” Panelist. Spoken Word Symposium: Building a Community of Oceanic Voices and Performances. Honolulu, July 2012.

Readings and Performances

Selected Readings

East-West Center’s Wednesday Evening Seminar series, Honolulu September 2018.

Mixing Innovative Arts (M.I.A.) Reading Series, Honolulu, May 2017.

 Translate Sun/Son/Sum book launch with Rajiv Mohabir’s The Cowherd’s Son, Honolulu, May 2017.

 “American Homelands” Pacific Islander Literary Spotlight. The Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., June 3, 2015.

Selected Performances

Her Bodies of Stories, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, January 2017

 Her Bodies of Stories, Doris Duke Theater, Honolulu, December 2016. Directed by Grace Taylor.

Invited Performer and Poetry Facilitator, Jo-Jikum Camp on Climate Change. Majuro, Marshall Islands, July 2016.

 “Nine Percent.” with Bryan Kuwada, Wansolwara: Voices for West Papua. April 24, 2015.

“Hail Mary.” Mana Wahine Reading. Honolulu. April 2015.

 Invited Performer. Wansolwara Conference. Madang, Papua New Guinea, September 2014.

Invited Performer. Words in the World: Literatures, Oratures, and New Meeting Grounds    Symposium, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, February 2013.

Performer and Co-Host. Waves of Words. Honolulu, July 2012.

Invited Performer. A Night with the South Auckland Poetry Collective. South Auckland, New  Zealand, March 2012.

 Invited Performer and Poetry Facilitator. Kōtuia: Māori Language Immersion Camp for Youth. Kawhia, New Zealand, March 2012.

 “Place, Space, and Performance in Poetry.” with Noʻu Revilla, Aiko Yamashiro, and Jaimie Gusman, Colloquium, English Department, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, February 2012.

 Invited Performer and Poetry Facilitator. Kōtuia: Māori Language Immersion Camp for Youth. Kawhia, New Zealand, September 2010.

Service

Senior Reviewer for Poetry and Literature Abstracts, 18th International Graduate Student Conference at the East-West Center, Univeristy of Hawaiʻi, Fall 2018.

Peer Reviewer, Biography, Center for Biographical Research, Fall 2017.

 Producer, Pacific Tongues Interscholastic Youth Poetry Festival, March 2016.

 Producer, Pacific Tongues Interscholastic Youth Poetry Festival, November 2015.

Performance Organizer and Producer. Wansolwara:Voices for West Papua. April 24, 2015.

Committee Member. Melvin Won Pat-Borja & Jason Mateo, MA Thesis (Spoken Word Poetry), Center for Pacific Island Studies, Spring 2015.

Committee Member. Leora Kava, MA Thesis (Tongan Poetry and Music), Center for Pacific Island Studies, Spring 2015.

Performance Organizer and Stage Manager, Diasporic Waters: Poetry and Art in the Gallery. May 15, 2014.

Stage Manager. Evening Performance  at ʻAha Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi is a Hawaiian Literature, History and Writing Symposium. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, October 2012.

 Producer. Spoken Word Symposium: Building a Community of Oceanic Voices and Performances. Honolulu, July 2012.

Executive Director and Co-founder, Pacific Tongues, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Executive Director and Coach, Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Poetry and Performance Facilitator, Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

 Lead Coach, Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi Poetry Slam Team Winner of the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival, 2009.

 Lead Coach, Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi Poetry Slam Team Winner of the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival, 2008.