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Upcoming Events and Contact Information

For enquiries regarding the Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Program contact Lyz Soto, director of literary and conversation programs at You can also call her at 808.732.5402 x5.


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15th Annual Art at the Capitol
Friday, April 12, 2024

This annual event by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, invites the public in after hours to view artworks on display in the building and to enjoy live music and performances. Hawai’i State Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall will give a poetry reading at the event. Come out and enjoy an evening of community art, performances, and poetry!


A workshop with Brandy McDougall & Kai Gaspar
Thursday, March 14, 2024 at University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu Library, 2nd Floor
10:00am – 12:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of poetry and magic! This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so we hope you can join us!

Dry snacks will be provided and there will be prize drawings!


Washington Place Poetry Workshop, with Brandy Nālani McDougall
Sunday, December 10, 2023 at Washington Place
11:00am – 4:00pm

Continuing the celebration of Lā Kūʻokoʻa, Brandy Nālani McDougall leads a day of poetic writing and reflection at Washington Place. Attendees will tour the home, receive writing prompts, talk story, and have a chance to explore and write on the tranquil, historic grounds.


Writing Workshop: Mo‘olelo Mana Māhū
Monday, October 9, 2023 at Native Books

An exciting follow-up event after Sunday’s book signing, poetry and discussion event, poets Kai Gaspar and Hawaiʻi Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall co-facilitated a poetry workshop in honor of the power of māhū.

Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra/ Children of Gods
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at Hawai’i Theatre

The Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra took us through a journey into ritual, enchantment, and legend with the Hawaiʻi premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Violin Concerto “Procession,” the world premiere of Michael-Thomas Foumai’s Children of Gods featuring poetry narrated by Hawaiʻi Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall.

Ulu by Kai Gaspar Book Launch & Signing
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at Native Books

Celebrating the book launch of the much-anticipated poetry collection ULU by Kanaka ‘Ōiwi poet and teacher Kai Gaspar.  Brandy contributed to this beautiful celebration sharing work and engaging in talk story with Kai and the community.

Concert by the Sea: A Benefit Fundraiser for the People of Maui
Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

As part of the relief effort to support and send aloha and pule to our friends and loved ones affected by the wildfires on Maui, Brandy shared poetry and aloha to her community.

Broke da Mout’ All Pidgin Poetry Reading and Talk Story event
Saturday, September 16, 2023 at da Shop

Hawai’i State Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall was honored to participate in this lively literary afternoon of poetry in pidgin!  The event consisted of talk story, book signing and poetry shared from some of da best of da best local writers in town.

Talk Story & Book Signing with Hawai’i State Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall
Saturday, August 26, 2023 at Native Books Hawai’i

Brandy engaged with community in this talk story-book signing event and shared works from her recent collection,Āina Hānau: Birth Land.

Poetry Reading at Basically Books in Hilo
Saturday, July 8, 2023

Hawai’i State Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall shared works from her second poetry collection, ‘Āina Hānau.

Youth Poet Laureate Commencement at Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Friday, April 28, 2023

Brandy contributed to the opening of the Youth Poet Laureate Commencement where Corina Yi of Mililani High School was announced as the new Hawaiʻi Youth Poet Laureate.

It’s National Poetry Month! Virtual Reading with the Public Library
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Hawaiʻi’s Poet Laureate, Brandy Nālani McDougall participated in a virtual interview, talk story, and reading in honor of National Poetry Month.

14th Annual Art at the Capitol
Friday, April 18, 2023

Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall kicked off the eventful evening with an invocation. There were many performances and activities throughout the evening including Kamakawiwo‘ole: Osorio Band, Ballet Hawaiʻi performances in the rotunda, Hawaiʻi Theater for Youth performances in the Auditorium, and a panel discussion from Hawaiʻi Contemporary on “Art and Activism.”

Poetry Reading at ʻAi Pūhaku Exhibit in the Art Gallery at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Sunday, March 25, 2023

Brandy organized and joined a collective poetry reading honoring and inspired by the artists exhibited at the ʻAi Pōhaku exhibit.

Poetry Workshop at Makawao Public Library
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Kula born and raised, Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall sees poetry as a way to heal. Share your own story of Maui with Brandy as she helps participants create their own poems of Makawao.

Poetry Workshop at Kīhei Public Library
Saturday, March 11, 2023

Share your own story of Maui with Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Brandy McDougall, as she helps participants create their own poems about Kīhei.

Poetry Reading and Talk Story with DOE Literacy Teachers at Farrington High School
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Brandy read poetry and did a poetry workshop, inviting students to share their writing.

Poetry Out Loud Hawaiʻi State Final at the Tenney Theatre
Sunday, February 26, 2023

Brandy will be made a special appearance at the Poetry Out Loud Hawaiʻi Final.

Super Saturday at Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Brandy Nālani McDougall facilitated an ekphrastic poetry workshop inspired HiSAM’s latest exhibit and Mr. Chicken Pants!

Ekphrasis, which can be translated as “description” in Greek, refers to poetry that describes a work of visual art.  In this family workshop open to all ages, you will write your own ekphrastic poem inspired by an artwork of your choosing in the Hawai’i State Art Museum. Hawaii Poet Laureate, Brandy Nālani McDougall, will share examples of ekphrastic poems and writing prompts to help you create your own work of art to honor and celebrate the wonderful art at HiSAM.

The Vibe at Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)
Friday, January 13, 2023

Brandy Nālani McDougall’s inaugural event as Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate. She shared some of her poetry at The Vibe, a monthly jazz night at HiSAM.