‘Out Loud’ and open mic set for March 17 and 18 (Video)

The next “Out Loud in the Library” event Wednesday, March 18, will be a rare opportunity to hear from WCC’s language arts faculty — not as teachers, but as writers.

“I wanted to pay tribute to our department,” said English teacher and series founder Janine Oshiro. “At Windward, we have these amazing authors I think we should acknowledge. Students who see writing as a chore might like to know that we teachers actually want to go home and write.”

The event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the library’s first floor will feature Robert Barclay, Desi Poteet, Annette Priesman, Susan St. John, Akiko Swan, Lance Uyeda, Jenny Webster and Libby Young.


English teacher and ‘Out Loud’ coordinator Janine Oshiro.

Oshiro said she started the “Out Loud” series as a way to bring writers of all types to the campus to share their work.

“Hearing someone read their piece is a much more complete experience than just seeing it on the page,” she explained. “There are so many different levels besides the literal understanding.

“Also, when the person performs something, there is a collective energy in the room that everyone can feel. If I read a poem out loud about death, for instance, I’m able to connect with someone else who might have similar feelings.”

The WCC Poets’ Society will also continue its monthly open mic series March 17 and April 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the library breezeway, hosted by former WCC student Ashley Shankles.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to share poems, stories, songs, dances and other original work.

“We’ve had students playing the guitar, drums and even the harmonica as well as Shakespeare soliloquies,” said Oshiro. “Teachers, counselors and staff can perform, too.”

The event is free and open to the public.

by Ka ‘Ohana, News Staff