Investiture: Kawaiaha`o Church. Honolulu. Sept. 28, 3:30PM
Poetry reading: Bay Area. Oct. 9-20, Place: To be announced.
Professor (ret.), Publisher, Author, Poet, Public Speaker, Performer,
Public Scholar: African American and Minority Group Politics, Culture,
and Critical Race Theory
Pacific Raven Press
P.O. Box 678
Ka`a`awa, Hawai`i 96730
Kathryn Waddell Takara, author, born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, has recently retired as an Associate Professor from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, where she taught in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and the Ethnic Studies Department and developed courses in African American and African politics, history, literature, and culture beginning in 1971.
Dr. Takara is the 2010 award winning poet by the Before Columbus Foundation for her book: Pacific Raven: Hawai`i Poems. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 from the African American Community. She was previously the recipient of the Board of Regents Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Hawai`i at Ma?noa, a two-time Fulbright Fellow, a winner of the Girl Fest Hawai`i Award, Who’s Who in Poetry award, a Golden Poet Award, and a World of Poetry (merit) award, a two time Diversity Grant winner at the University of Hawai`i, and a grant recipient for two conferences at UHM, one national and one international in contemporary black voices and black issues.
She is a performance poet whose travels in Africa, Europe, Central America, Tahiti and China are reflected in her work. She has published three books of poetry: New and Collected Poems published by Ishmael Reed Press, Pacific Raven: Hawaii Poems published by Pacific Raven Press and recently, Tourmalines: Beyond the Ebony Portal, published by Pacific Raven Press (2010). In 2010, she has been on book tour throughout the Hawaiian Islands, California, Pennsylvania, New York and Boston reading at various bookstores (including Borders and Barnes & Noble, schools, jazz and community events, schools, and private parties) .
Her poetry has also been published in Interdisciplinary Studies Humanities Journal, Writing Macao (China), Kudzu, Honolulu Stories, The Bamboo Muse, Words Upon the Waters, The African Journal of New Poetry, Arkansas Review, Africa Literary Journal, Julie Mango Press, Poetry Motel, Peace & Policy, From Totems to Hip Hop, Bamboo Ridge, Rainbird, Konch, Kaimana, Hawaii`i Review, Chaminade Literary Review, Ramrod, O`ahu Review, Pleiades, All She Wrote: Hawai’i Women’s Voices, and World of Poetry, an anthology, to mention a few.
Her essays have appeared in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Journal, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Social Process In Hawai`i, The Black Scholar, The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, Multi-America: Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace, The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Magazine, I Ka Huliau, and Valley Voices.
Takara has a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in French. She taught, advised, and mentored many students who themselves have become active in politics and the arts. She has read and performed her poetry, lectured and been a consultant in universities, colleges, schools, and community and military events throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the continental United States of America and in Beijing and Qingdao, China. Takara organized and coordinated several national and international conferences at the University of Hawaii and in Honolulu. She has participated in several national book fairs.
Takara is a dynamic, respected public speaker and has been featured on a variety of television and radio shows in interviews and documentaries for over three decades in Hawaii, the West Coast, and East Coast. She recently was a presenter at a spiritual workshop on Maui. She enjoys her family and friends, pets, meditation, qi gong, large garden, raising orchids and interior design. Writing is her passion and métier.
Dr. Takara is the daughter of pioneer black veterinarian, author and world famous Buffalo Soldier, Dr. William H. Waddell, IV, VMD (1908-2007)