BAMBOO RIDGE E-News for 08/28/11

Friends of BAMBOO RIDGE! Hey! How are you? I hope you've had a great August and a pleasant summer. Did you remember to put in your August entry for the ongoing Great BR Fishing & Wishing Contest? If not, the themes for this month are listed here:

Get those entries in. As you might know, 29 pieces submitted from July 2010 through June 2011 will be published in the upcoming 100th issue of BR. You never know. Your entry may be selected for publication in a future BR issue : )


1. Ites massiev: Our renshi four will launch their Massie Affair renshi project shortly:

“The Massie Case obsessed all of America in the early 1930s and remains one of the most controversial events in Hawaiʻi history. The case highlighted racial conflicts between locals and recently arrived haoles (military personnel, government representatives, and the territorial haole elite). On September 12, 1931, Thalia Massie, wife of Naval officer Thomas Massie, was allegedly assaulted and raped in Waikiki by five local men. What followed were two notorious trials that threatened to undermine the delicate racial balance of the Territory of Hawaiʻi. When a mistrial was declared and the five local men accused of the assault were set free, Lt. Massie, Thalia's mother Grace Fortescue, and two enlisted men kidnapped and murdered one of the defendants, Joseph Kahahawai. Arrested and charged with manslaughter, the four haole defendants were represented by the famous lawyer Clarence Darrow. When they were found guilty of manslaughter, Territorial Governor Lawrence Judd commuted their sentences to one hour served in his company. (Adapted from Dennis Carroll’s article in Kumu Kahua’s Viewer’s Guide,”

Follow our poets here:

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Juliet Kono Lee — eh, how's dat we get one Lee who nevah do Wine & Words last month? — is on LONG STORY SHORT with Leslie Wilcox this Wednesday 8/31 at 11:00 p.m.:

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One month to Give Aloha is upon us, September 1 though 30. Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation you make at checkout. The BR donation code is: 77156:

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4. Mark your calendars for the next Wine & Words event. We'll be celebrating the release of BR Issue #99, Lee Cataluna's new novel entitled THREE YEARS ON DOREEN'S SOFA. This will be at Kumu Kahua Theatre on Wednesday, October 5th, 7:30:

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5. More early scoops. Lee Cataluna has a playwriting workshop at UH Hilo on Tuesday 10/4 at 2:00:

and she will read at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday 10/6 at 6:30:

and at Native Books — Na Mea Ward Warehouse, Saturday 10/8 at 3:00:

and at the UH Manoa Art Auditorium on Sunday 10/9 at 3:00:

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So I think that's about all for this message. Happy Birthday to all the September folks. Everybody keep on writing, stay well, and love your families.

Bamboo Ridge Press was founded in 1978 to foster the appreciation, understanding, and creation of literary, visual, or performing arts by, for, or about Hawaiʻi's people. BRP is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts, and the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities.

Mahalo for reading!

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