Lessons from Marshallese Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Sep 3, 2014

Marshallese poet and writer Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and her daughter Matafele. Jetnil-Kijiner recently moved back to Majuro with her family to teach at the College of the Marshall Islands.
Credit Molly Solomon

Not everyone growing up in the islands feels the spirit of aloha. The Micronesian experience in Hawai‘i is often defined by feelings of exclusion and discrimination. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, whose writing sheds light on a voice not often heard.

Jetnil-Kijiner was recently selected to speak at the 2014 Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York this month. 

Jetnil-Kijiner shares one of her recent poems, "The Monkey Gate," a reflection on traveling between the two places she calls home.

Hear more of Kathy's poetry here:

"Lessons from Hawai‘i"

"Tell Them"