Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard (born in Utulei, Tutuila) is an Educator at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a critically acclaimed Poet currently living in Manoa Valley in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Her father was a U.S veteran, whose family moved from American Samoa to Florida in the 1950’s and traces her interest in poetry back to her family’s kitchen table, where her parents would be ‘talking story’.
Sinavaiana-Gabbard completed degrees in English and Psychology at Sonoma State University, a Masters in Folklore at U.C Berkley, and a PhD in American Studies at the University of Hawaii.
Sinavaiana-Gabbard has published, lectured, and read her poetry and scholarship in many countries, including the US, China, India, Italy, Barbados, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and New Zealand. Poetry collections include: Alchemies of Distance published by Tinfish, AA Arts, & Institute for Pacific Studies, and Mohawk/Samoa: Transmigrations published by AA Arts.
Other projects include co-editing a mixed-genre collection of indigenous writing by Pacific women titled Women Writing Oceania: Weaving the Sails of Vaka. She has also worked on a new collection of poetry and essays such as Nuclear Medicine, which explores the metaphysical landscapes of breast cancer and illness.
Sinavaiana-Gabbard is currently an Associates Professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, teaching oceanic and comparative literatures, and creative writing.
Source – WN.com, Wikipedia, TinFishPress