In a joint event hosted by the Pacific Islander community at the University of Washington, join us in welcoming Marshallese poet, spoken word artist, and activist, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner.
In an effort to learn and understand the impacts of climate change and nuclear testing, Kathy will do a poetry reading, talk, and engage with the audience in dialogue around nuclear testing and climate change.
Admission is FREE. We hope to see you there!
About Kathy (from her official website):
Kathy is a Marshall Islander poet and spoken word artist. She received international acclaim through her poetry performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014. Her writing and performances have been featured by CNN, Democracy Now, Mother Jones, the Huffington Post, NBC News, National Geographic, Nobel Women’s Initiative, and more. In February 2017, the University of Arizona Press published her first collection of poetry, Iep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter.
Kathy also co-founded the youth environmentalist non-profit Jo-Jikum dedicated to empowering Marshallese youth to seek solutions to climate change and other environmental impacts threatening their home island. Kathy has been selected as one of 13 Climate Warriors by Vogue in 2015 and the Impact Hero of the Year by Earth Company in 2016. She received her Master’s in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Her poetry book “Iep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter” will be available for purchase at this event.