Kellie Toyama

  • March 6, 2018By Kellie Toyama

    For months I had been waiting in anticipation for what was to come the night of this concert. Since the day I purchased the ticket, my mind would often bring me to imaginative moments of which songs she’d sing, and how I might catch a glance from her in the crowd. I tried not to

  • December 2, 2017By Kellie Toyama

    Being raised in Hawaii, with growth and exposure, I’ve felt drawn to cities and busy life outside of the tropics. With the more I saw and learned, the more a place I had never been felt more like home than my own. Still holding admiration for the islands, the pull I feel to a different

  • November 19, 2017By Kellie Toyama

    Talk about progressive change in any work industry is great. In a recent interview mainstream actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and a few others were gathered together, discussing the horrific revelations in the Hollywood film industry. Even with distaste for Lawrence, I was able to appreciate her valid point of sexual assault being

  • October 27, 2017By Kellie Toyama

    The human tendency to remember (and even exaggerate) the positives from past events, and minimize the negatives, is known as rosy retrospection. We are inclined to judge the past with more lightheartedness than the present, and most things we experience are not as pleasant as we remember them. My fascination of this developed when realizing the

  • October 4, 2017By Kellie Toyama

    Untouched emotions and foreign places open my consciousness to be more aware of every slight change in my life. In transition to adulthood, with each unfamiliar experience I continue to live through, these are some of the layers I notice unfolding as time draws on—in brief stanzas. Writing my thoughts on paper has always helped me gain

  • September 19, 2017By Kellie Toyama

    Interpretation of what follows is solely determined by the reader. I will provide nothing more to guide your thoughts. The early chapters are left fairly untouched. No corners are bent, I still used a bookmark then. Not knowing what to look for, there are no annotations for lines emphasized. A drawn cluster of daisies lay

  • September 2, 2017By Kellie Toyama

    Poetry is defined as literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. Although many may dismiss popular modern poetry as too simplistic, amateur work, the collections of poetry from these young people of color truly exemplify artistic writing and bring