Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Ballroom
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403
The BEseries and the Center for Multicultural and Academic Excellence (CMAE) are honored to host BE Voice with Will Giles. William Nu’utupu Giles is a fa'fafine second generation Samoan immigrant, poet, and arts educator born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their work has put them on stages ranging from the San Francisco Opera House to the Kennedy Center and into classrooms from the University of Papua New Guinea to Yale University. Will was featured in the HBO documentary Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices, where they helped the Hawaii team win their first International Poetry Slam Championship; Will is also the first Pacific Islander to win the National Underground Poetry Individual Competition. Will’s poetry finds the political seeds in personal stories and crosses oceans of immigrant identity, colonization, representation, and masculinity. Their work has been featured by NBC News, The National Parks Service, HBO, Bustle, LitHub, and Button Poetry. In Hawaii they have spent the last 10 years working with Youth Speaks Hawaii and Pacific Tongues giving back to the organization and community that first gave them a voice. They have served as a poet facilitator, assistant outreach coordinator, and workshop coordinator. Will lives for the moment of firsts in a blooming poet's eyes. The first line, first draft, and the first time someone opens their mouth and believes in the power of their own story. Join us for this free dinner presentation of Will's latest traveling poetry show and find your VOICE!