UH Press - Craig Santos Perez Book Talk

October 19, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Hamilton Library 306 or Zoom

Craig Santos Perez will talk about his new edited volume Indigenous Pacific Islander Eco-Literatures (UH Press – August 2022). This anthology of contemporary eco-literature gathers an ensemble of a hundred emerging, mid-career, and established Indigenous writers from Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and the global Pacific diaspora. The reader will encounter a wild garden of genres, including poetry, chant, short fiction, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction, visual texts, and even a dramatic play—all written in multilingual offerings of English, Pacific languages, pidgin, and translation. Seven main themes emerge: “Creation Stories and Genealogies,” “Ocean and Waterscapes,” “Land and Islands,” “Flowers, Plants, and Trees,” “Animals and More-than-Human Species,” “Climate Change,” and “Environmental Justice.” This aesthetic diversity embodies the beautiful bio-diversity of the Pacific itself. We are reminded that we are not alone; we are always in relation and always ecological. Humans, other species, and nature are interrelated; land and water are central concepts of identity and genealogy; and Earth is the sacred source of all life, and thus should be treated with love and care. With this book as a trusted companion, we are inspired and empowered to reconnect with the world as we navigate towards a precarious yet hopeful future.

Ticket Information
Register in advance for this meeting: https://hawaii.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqf-usqj8tHdG86ErwbVjiqnDivxMSSX-i

Event Sponsor
UH Press and Hamilton Library, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Clem Guthro, 8089567205, guthroc@hawaii.edu

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