Lyz Soto

Contact:
esoto@hawaii.edu

Lyz Soto is Co-founder of Pacific Tongues and between 2008 and 2012 she was the Executive Director of Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi. Both organizations are committed to expanding and supporting spoken arts communities in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. She worked as the head coach of the Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi Slam Team between 2008 and 2012. In 2008 and 2009, the Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi Slam Team won Brave New Voices, the annual national youth poetry slam festival. She is currently working towards a PhD at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Department of English, where she teaches Eng 100, 272, 273, 313, and 371. Her areas of interest are poetry, spoken word, Pacific literature, and performance studies. Lyz is also a spoken artist. She has performed in Hawaiʻi, Aotearoa, Papua New Guinea and the continental United States. Her chapbook, Eulogies, was published in 2010 by TinFish Press. In 2014, her poem "American Homelands," won the Ian MacMillan award for poetry, and in 2015 she had the pleasure of performing at the Library of Congress with Brandy Nālani MacDougall and Craig Santos Perez.

Courses


Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-273: Intro to Lit: Spoken Words and Talking Story in the US and the Pacific
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing: Poetry and Spoken Arts

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-313: Creative Writing

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing: Poetry and Spoken Word
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing: Poetry and Spoken Word

Spring Semester 2016
  • ENG-371: Literature of the Pacific