Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Pacific writer to
preside over reading


"Mysteries and Shadows in Everyday Life" is the appropriately titled reading presided over by New York author Phillip Lopate, who, according to Judith Rossner, has "the gift of framing thoughts I've almost had, forcing me to consider ideas I've not yet entertained."

The free reading-between-the-lines event occurs at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Native Books, 1244 North School St. and includes works from Lopate's students during a series of writing workshops this past week. They include Alani Apio, Tia Ballantine, Kainui Carroll, Jerimian Gruenberg, Gail Harada, Matthew Inocelde, Imai Kalahele, Mahealani Kamanu, Lisa Kana'e, Leslie Lang, Naomi Long, Elaine Leilani Madison, Joe Miller, Michael Shapiro, Joe Stanton, Kahi Wight, Jana Wolff and Phyllis Young..

Lopate is the first writer-in-residence for the Pacific Alliance for Creative Writers, sponsored by the PROP Foundation, Native Books and others. The organization supports beginning Pacific writers by allowing them to be mentored by well-known writers. Information: 845-8949.

Lopate is the author of essays, novels and books of poetry, and has won Guggenheim fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts grants and other awards and honors. He is a professor of English at Hofstra University.

His works include "The Eyes Don't Always Want to Stay Open," "Being With Children," "The Daily Round," "Confessions of Summer," "Bachelorhood," "The Rug Merchant," "Against Joie de Vivre," "Portrait of My Body" and "Totally Tenderly Tragically." His next book is "Waterfront."

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