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Days of Smoke: Brandy Nālani McDougall

Brandy Nālani McDougall is a Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Hawaiʻi, Maui, and Kauaʻi lineages) poet. She was appointed poet laureate of Hawaiʻi in 2023. Nālani McDougall is the author of several collections of poetry including ʻĀina Hānau / Birth Land; and the first extensive study of contemporary Hawaiian literature: Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature. A recipient of Fulbright, Ford, and Mellon fellowships, Nālani McDougall is an associate professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

“Water Remembers” from Indigenous Pacific Islander Eco-Literatures, copyright © 2022 by Brandy Nālani McDougall. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Image: Jacob W. Frank for the National Park Service, 2022. Licensed under public domain.

Days of Smoke: Poets on the Climate Crisis is made possible in part through a partnership with Battery Park City Authority and in collaboration with the Poetry Coalition’s 2023 program theme, “And so much lost you’d think / beauty had left a lesson”: Poetry and Grief. Special thanks to curator Ryan Mita; Abby Ehrlich and JP Diaz at the Battery Park City Authority; Fred Courtright at The Permissions Company and Robert Shatzkin at W.W. Norton.