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Ep. 10 2/12/17 Show feat. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Ep. 10 2/12/17 Show feat. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

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This week’s lit show, which starts an hour into this recording, features the poetry of the amazing Marshallese poet and climate-change activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. In a twist on our regular format, Kathy had a dear friend, Lee Kava, select the music to be played around her work. A recent graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Center for Pacific Island Studies, Kathy is a poet, writer, performance artist, and journalist. Her poetry focuses on raising awareness surrounding the issues and threats faced by her people. Nuclear testing conducted in Oceania, militarism, the rising sea level as a result of climate change, forced migration, adaptation and racism in the U.S.--these are just a few themes her poetry touches upon. Poetry, Kathy states, is her means of understanding the people and the world around her. Her new book, _Iep Jaltok_, published by U of Arizona P, is the first published book of poetry written by a Marshallese author.

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