POWERFUL WORDS—OPENING DOORS


Closed Poetry Slam Show

January 29, 2012
Habilitat-the place of change
Coming Soon–to Olelo and the Internet 
Hosted by 
Cornelia Connie D. DeDona
Special Guests
Kumu Hula Anita `Ilima Kauka Stern
 Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara
 Marilyn Maya Mendoza
Peggy Baxter Barnhardt
 Marcia Zina Mager
Featuring Habilitat’s Resident Slam Poets
AND A FEW SURPRISES!
Produced by Jeffrey V. Nash

Cornelia Connie D. DeDona is an Author, Poet and Slam Artist

She is the award-winning author of Letters to a Prisoner by Connie D., released in Jan. of 2011.    She first appeared at First Thursday’s Fresh Café Poetry Slam hosted by Kealoha in October of 2010 where she wowed the judges with her poem, “I Want to be a Poet”. She has been published in Rain Bird Windward Community College’s award winning annual journal since 2008.  Her poems and photography have also been published in various online and print magazines

Kumu Hula, Anita `Ilima  Kauka Stern  is a retired educator, has taught creative writing at the women’s prison in Kailua for six years.  Through the Prison Writing Project, she has helped inmates publish five editions of their work in Hulihia.  She divides her time between writing, teaching hula and the study and practice of Hawaiian spiritual traditions. Ms. Stern lives in Kailua with her family. http://www.alohablessings.com/chant2.html

Marilyn Maya Mendoza was born in Brooklyn NYC and has lived in  Makaha, Hawaii for the last 35 years. Her debut memoir,”From Agoraphobia to Zen” was released in June 2011 to good reviews.   An English teacher at Stevenson Middle School and earlier Japan, Marilyn is working on her second book, a memoir in poetry. http://fromagoraphobiatozen.wordpress.com/

Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara is a performance poet, author, retired university professor, and motivational speaker. Winner of the American Book Award in 2010, she has toured and read her poetry across the Hawaiian Islands, the USA mainland, in Africa, and China. She has published three books of Poetry: New and Collected Poems, Pacific Raven: Hawaii Poems, Tourmalines: Beyond the Ebony Portal. Contact info:  www.kathrynwaddelltakara.com

Peggy Baxter-Barnhardt  is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and  North Carolina, she now makes Kapolei, Hawaii her home.  She is the author of Season Of Light, written in 1996 and  last  released in 2009. She is presently writing a book about Hawaii’s homeless situation to be complete in 2012.   Mrs. Barnhardt’s poetry is powerful and electric. “‘ Writing has always been my passion, fueled by my mother’s razor wit,” she states. Her first submission as a child was to Humpty Dumpty magazine.  http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0036785017/default.aspx

Marcia Zina Mager   is an author, journalist, poet, award-winning mixed-media artist, as well as performance artist.   She has performed at Fresh Café’s First Thursday Slam events, Aloha Tower Marketplace, HPU, and The Venue. She studied improvisation with Academy-Award-winning actor, Alan Arkin, and at Chinatown’s Laugh track Theatre.  Her international best-seller, BELIEVING IN FAERIES: A Manual for Grown-ups, is now available as an e-book, along with her trendy 31 Words to Create an Organized Life.  Visit her at http://www.marcia-zina-mager.com

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