Reading at Avenue 50 Studio

Final MS. ALIGNED at Avenue 50 Studio

About the readers

Naomi Kim Eagleson is a book editor and writer in Los Angeles. She is the author of Radiant Field, a chapbook published by Tinfish Press. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BA in English from the University of Hawai‘i. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Arts & Letters, Words without Borders, and Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, and in the anthology Century of the Tiger: One Hundred Years of Korean Culture in America. She is a former member of the artist group Orientity and has exhibited work at the Kyoto Art Center and the Fringe Club in Hong Kong.

Gerda Govine Ituarte’s third poetry collection, Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW, was published by Editions du Cygne (Swan World, Paris, 2016). Her second poetry book, Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm, was published in 2015 in Mexico City and was a finalist in Red City Review’s poetry contest. Her first book, Oh, Where is My Candle Hat? was published in English and Spanish in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2012. In 2016  Spectrum Magazine selected her as one of the top poets in Los Angeles. She established the Pasadena Rose Poets in 2016 who provide “poetry within reach in unexpected places.” As CEO of G. Govine Consulting, she conducts diversity and inclusion climate studies, provides training, and serves as an expert witness, litigation consultant, investigator, and mediator in the areas of gender, race, and age discrimination. Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, she also serves as a member of the City of Pasadena Sister City Advisory Committee.

Cassandra Lane is a former newspaper reporter and high school literature and journalism teacher who has published essays, columns and articles in a variety of newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is an alum of Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Foundation and A Room of Her Own (AROHO). She received an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University. A Louisiana native, she lives with her family in Los Angeles and is the managing editor of L.A. Parent magazine.

Connie Pan, originally from Maui, earned an MFA in fiction from West Virginia University and a BA in creative writing from Grand Valley State University. Her writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Carve, PRISM international, Rosebud Magazine, Bamboo Ridge, and elsewhere. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A freelance writer and editor, she lives in California.

Panel presentation at HBMF

2018 HBMF flyer

Appearance on It’s Lit with PhDJ


On Wed., March 28, three Ms. Aligned contributors were guests on It’s Lit with PhDJ, hosted by Anjoli Roy. Featuring writers and their work, this wonderful series is broadcast Wednesday nights on KTUH-FM, the student-run radio station of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Here are two webpages on the show:

  • a preview with recordings of Mary Archer, Angela Nishimoto, and Pat Matsueda reading their work and statements; and
  • a recording of the show itself.

Reading at Eastwind Books

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