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No'u Revilla

Photographs by Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada

selection of work

"Smoke Screen" Poetry Unbound with Pádraig Ó Tuama, 2021

"Shapeshifters Banned, Censored, or Otherwise Shit-Listed, aka Chosen Family Poem" Living Nations, Living Words: A Collection of First Peoples Poetry, Library of Congress

"Myth Bitch" ANMLY, Queer Indigenous Poetics folio, Issue 30, 2020

     *Selected for Best Microfiction 2021

"Lessons in Quarantine" and "Maunakea" Love in the Time of Covid, Sep 2020

"threshold" wildness, 2020

Permission to Make Digging SoundsEffigies III, Salt Publishing, 2019

"kinoPoetry, July/Aug 2016

"Rope /TongueKore Press Poem of the Week, 2016


Conversation with Pádraig Ó Tuama, Poetry Unbound with Pádraig Ó Tuama, 2021

"National Poetry Series winner Noʻu Revilla on the power of words and fostering connection" Conversation with Savannah Harriman-Pote, Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 2021


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You might think this poem is a tidy back-and-forth between past and present feminisms, but the rope that stiffens between your legs while you read, that rope carries you in and out of conventional temporality, like the seeking tongue of a lover in dreams and waking life.

Shivanee Ramlochan, Novel Niche (2018)

If we unravel the central “character” of this poem, we find something astonishing that contains multitudes: a creature in a dress, a cliff who used to be a lizard, in a girl’s body, in a dress, with a kingdom inside her. 

Caroline Hagood, Kenyon Review (2018)

Noʻu Revilla mesmerizes want with “Rope/Tongue,” lingual glory, all the while bringing us to feed the feminine ethological home.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke,

Kore Press Poem of the Week (2016)



Noʻu Revilla (she/her) is an ʻŌiwi (Hawaiian) poet, performer, and educator. Born and raised with the Līlīlehua rain of Waiʻehu on the island of Maui, she currently lives and loves with the Līlīlehua rain of Pālolo in the ahupuaʻa of Waikīkī on Oʻahu. Her debut book of poetry Ask the Brindled was a winner of the 2021 National Poetry Series. She has performed and facilitated workshops throughout the pae ʻāina of Hawaiʻi and abroad. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa with an emphasis on ʻŌiwi literature, spoken word, and decolonial poetics. She is a lifetime "slyly / reproductive" student of Haunani-Kay Trask.

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Photograph features Sounding, a 2020 installation by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner & Joy Lehuanani Enomoto, two of the many Indigenous artists-activists of Oceania who I am grateful to build community with & love.

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Entire issue available for free on Project Muse:

Deeply humbled to work with Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada - ʻŌiwi scholar, aloha ʻāina, chosen & proven family - to co-edit this special issue on the lifewriting strategies of the kiaʻi (protectors) who gathered at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu in the summer of 2019 to defend Maunakea against desecration by the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).


This special issue features first-hand accounts, academic reflections, creative works, photography & interviews with kiaʻi from the 2019 front lines & members of the media team.



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