Kaua`i Backstory organizers Kim Rogers (l),and Lois Ann Ell (r)
In the second half of our night, Kaua`i Backstory invites writers to share their work. As usual, writers will be given up to five minutes to read on a first-come, sign-up basis. Please arrive on time to sign up. Read more about Kaua`i Backstory and its literary outreach to the community in the following Q&A with Kim Rogers and Lois Ann Ell.
Q&A With Kim and Lois
Q What is Kaua`i Backstory?
A. Kaua`i Backstory is a venue for rigorous writing with a view about Kaua`i. We look for writing that builds understanding, not walls. We encourage writing (and imagery) that engenders respectful dialogue for we believe one way to build community is through conversation, the time-honored tradition of kama’ilio — talk story.
Q Are you a founder?
Kim: I am one of the founders, along with Pam Woolway and Gae Rusk. We invited Lois Ann to join us after she was one of our winners in our very first creative competition.
Lois Anne: No, I was one of the winners of the 1st competition (for an essay I wrote) and was asked to join shortly after. I have been a co-editor since.
Q How did this organization come about?
Kim: Seven years ago, the writing coming out of our writing group was powerful and strong a