Thursday, October 12, 2006

Have you ever watched "Purple Rain?"

HELLO! I have terribly neglected this website. As a result, I've given it a new look? Because I'm so busy, of course I should pay attention to my website's layout, despite my former layout being perfectly good. Yes, of course. A couple of thank yous and things:

  • foiled stars is now available! YES YES YES! it's my first collection of poems and prosetry!
  • Thank you to the Asian Arts Initiative! My first show Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know will make its debut at the AAI in February 2007! <3
  • thank you to Jesse O! for all the work he's put into all my projects. he hand silk-screened all my chapbooks' covers, and he also made that lovely lil name logo of mine up there. he is #1 not #4. BFF4LYFE!
  • Thank you to AnnaMarie for the great new portraits she's taken of me! You can see old and new pix in the album! Despite my being sooo grumpy after minimal sleep and not knowing how to model; she was still overly pleasant to work with. Check her out and hire her!
  • of course, I updated the treehouse for the emotionally homeless
  • Yeah, I made this background myself, that's why it's crooked.
  • And then, I'm off to Chicago for a couple of days! I'll be doing NAASCON, but I'll also be karaoke-ing and eating some big-ass sandwiches (not to be confused with big ass-sandwiches.) GO ME!
  • and i really love Butters from South Park.

alright. i think that is the current blur of my life.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

you ever regret writing crap?

I found a forgotten blog of mine on blogger. Let me tell you…I am one emo yotch. Let’s revisit, shall we?

January 2001

there are some things
that poetry,
a hot shower,
and a lazy sunday afternoon
can`t even cure.

purge myself in days
i poured laughter in the air
in layers so thick…
i felt empty afterwards.

i press my fingers
against the blue sky
and feel my body slowly
readjust itself into the crevice
where my happiness hid.

and only then
would i remember that this existed
forgetting to map
the way back
forgetting the days i`d need the added comfort
of its presence.

in the meantime
my fingertips roam
the valleys between my shoulders,
the hills of my heart,
and the borders between my truths
searching for that void.

waiting to be filled.
knowing no other function.

AND THEN! (another part of another entry….)

augmented truth linnea said on new year’s eve:

“see, hanalei’s an idiot who plays hard to get. then when she realizes that boys do like her, she remembers that she still believes in cooties.”

I really wish i could go back in time and tell the then-me that it was all gonna work out. : )

Friday, July 7, 2006


My life is a whirlwind and I love it! Though I've been consumed by bad photoshop jobs, I've managed to get my other projects moving along. A couple of thangs to note:

  • Hanalei's Women's Project Site will be a posting space for my workshop participants. I'm hoping that an internet presence will encourage them to write a little more. My women range from beginner to advanced writers. If you have ever been one of my students, I would love to post your work! Old and new pieces are welcome! Please email me at to submit.

  • I am developing a collaborative work with the jesse o! it's gonna be great. don't wanna tell you too much, but prepare to be amazed. Sure, name your first born after either one of us. You'll want to after this project's unveiling.

  • New poem posted! Under my WORK section. And hmmm....should i become a performance artist? Am I one already?

  • OH! Our old collective now has a home.... the 101 Project!!! MEMORIES.

  • I forgot what this other list item was for.... SORRY! But things are always best in fives after threes! so! 5!

    summer means that autumn is near....

  • Sunday, June 25, 2006

    Back from L.A.!


    Great things going on at the treehouse! So, please check it out. Since I'm all set up there, I think it'll also serve as my blog. OK! Such are the updates...this is a rush job.

    HUGE thank yous to Rana and Gayle of the AAI for getting me to LA for the NEXT BIG BANG, the first ever Asian-American Theatre Conference! and to Kristina Wong for hosting me while there! and to Abby for taking me to In N Out. <3<3<3<3 Fresh - never frozen - burgers are pure love.

    Meat and love. WHO KNEW?

    Friday, May 19, 2006

    My Return!

    Haaaaaay guuyyyyys!

    It's been a very challenging last couple of months! I'll spare you the details, but thank you all for supporting me! There were days when I felt like nothing was left, yet knowing that there were a handful of folks that Letters to Martha needed to reach helped me through the day. The feedback I've gotten from the Chinatown show has been so warm, so THANK YOU for all this. Really....I am overwhelmed.


    please check out my Treehouse for the Emotionally
    ! ask me anything via !!!!!!!!!!
    new pictures section under my bio!
    check out some newly posted work and see me and binky on youtube!

  • let's be myspace friends :
  • Monday, April 10, 2006


    i'm now booking for the upcoming 2006-2007 school year, as well as the remainder of spring/summer 2006. please contact me at for more info.


    Upcoming Letters to Martha Readings!

    hey y'all!

    i wrote martha stewart a bunch of letters while she was in jail.

    it turned out to be a lot about love and life.

    now it's a book.

    now, i have readings.

    now you should go!

    April 25 // TUESDAY: Sulu Series @ Galapagos Art Space

    8 - 10 pm & FREE!

    70 n 6th street williamsburg brooklyn

    (i will be performing alongside ishle yi park and taiyo na! aaww createnow, UNITE!)

    May 17 // WEDNESDAY: Tea Bag Poets Lounge

    8 - 10:30 pm & $1, plus a one drink minimum ($5)

    30 Mott St., ground floor - in the back, Chinatown NYC

    OF COURSE i will have copies of LTM available, don't be ridiculous! (say it like balki! +5pts for you if it didn't fly over your head.)

    if you can't attend either reading, but still want a copy, you can purchase it on my website via paypal: (then click "buy") or for non-PayPal users! or

    head to the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, PA and the East
    Meets West Bookstore in Cambridge, MA support your local
    Asian-American art spaces!

    ok! hope to see you there! please circulate this email far and wide,
    yes? thank you!


    your local hanalei

    i'll also post some pictures taken by Kristina Wong of the artists exchange, soon!

    Thursday, March 16, 2006

    thank you!


    Buy Letters to Martha now! :)

    Saturday, March 11, 2006


    haaaaaaaaaaay! these books are good to go. for more info please visit the "buy" page!

    exciting? YES!

    Wednesday, March 8, 2006



    also, Letters to Martha will be available online at by next week. i'll have purchase options available, too!

    i'm blinding myself with all this excitement! :) but dang, i got homework to do! toodles!

    p.s. a couple of layout changes, too.

    Monday, March 6, 2006

    Artist Exchange!

    A great heartfelt thanks to those of you who have really helped me through this process! hi5s to Stephen, Omar, and Chaz!
    (Letters to Martha be ready for purchase next week! exciting!)

    Asian Arts Initiative 2006 Artist Exchange Performance Event
    Friday, March 17 / 8 p.m.
    $8 admission; $6 for members

    Asian Arts Initiative:

    1315 Cherry St.

    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Over a dozen artists from throughout the country share their new work
    in a multi-disciplinary showcase, and reveal through spoken word,
    dance, theater, and poetry, their multi-faceted explorations of the
    hot topics of gentrification and displacement—and the role of the arts
    in fighting or furthering these complex dynamics!

    Featured Artists:

    Mango Tribe: Jen Cendana Armas (Queens, NY), Kay Barrett (Chicago,
    IL), Sarwat Rumi (Chicago, IL), Marian Yalini Thambynayagam (Brooklyn,
    NY), San Tong (New York, NY), Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (Brooklyn, NY)

    Rodney Camarce – Philadelphia, PA

    Ching-In Chen – Boston, MA

    Sham-e-Ali al-Jamil – Cary, NC

    Mytili Jagannathan – Philadelphia, PA

    Pradeepa Jeevamanoharan – Minneapolis, MN

    Achinta McDaniel – Venice, CA

    Michelle Myers – Swedesboro, NJ

    Alison Park – Philadelphia, PA

    Hanalei Ramos – Jersey City, NJ

    Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha – Toronoto, ON

    Kristina Wong – Los Angeles, CA


    <TWEAKED on August 20ish, 2006

    (?day 3:15 am)


    I'm confirmed for NAASCON 2006 @ Northwestern University--- check me out on Saturday, Nov.4, ok? new workshops offfeeerrrred! Lies About Love (domestic violence.partner abuse) and The Universe In My Palm (a women-only creative writing workshop!)

    Hey y'all! Here's what I've been working on:

    Expect some updates on the treehouse SOON! IN A LITTLE BIT! (i must have meant "soon" in a broader sense...) NEW CHAPBOOK: foiled stars: a collection of poems and prosetry by hanalei ramos (with cover illustration/printing by JesseO!) will be out on September 10th! my short story collabo with jesse O! expect it in its fully published glory by summer 2007! (but we will have product before that...) a SOLO show (whaaaaaaaaat?) Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence On Women will hopefully be debuted in January 2007!!!!! getting funny! I AM FUNNY! celebrate, peasants!

    and my inner nerd has been feeding on the Japanese children's show, "Pitagora Suicchi," for inspiration!

    learn the algorithm march! new and improved with ninjas! I STILL RECOMMMEND THE ALGORITHM MARCH! I hope life is stellar! <3



    Wednesday, February 22, 2006

    Zhenxing Jiang deportation case!

    **please scroll down for upcoming show info!

    hello! please help support and follow the Zhenxing Jiang deportation case! Briefly:

    In early February "during a regularly scheduled meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) here in Philadelphia, a Chinese immigrant woman, Mrs. Zhenxing Jiang, reported for her regularly scheduled meeting with ICE officials. She informed ICE that she was pregnant with twins, at which point they told her she was illegal (she had exhausted her appeals in 2002 and was trying to reopen her case) and had to be deported immediately. While her husband and children waited for her to finish her appointment, she was dragged out the back door of the building into a waiting van and driven to JFK Airport. According to reports, she was denied adequate food and water and pushed and shoved during the course of the transportation. Mrs. Jiang complained of severe stomach pains and requested medical help which she says were ignored. At the airport, Mrs. Jiang's screams of pain upset bystanders who insisted that immigration officials call an ambulance. They finally agreed, and she was brought to a hospital where it was found she had miscarried her twins.

    please contact for more info:


    215-563-6076; 215-808-1400 (c) "

    Friday, February 17, 2006

    2006 Asian Arts Initiative Artists Exchange (Artists X Change)

    **upcoming show! Philadelphia!

    2006 Asian Arts Initiative Artists Exchange (Artists X Change)

    Friday, March 17, 8pm - Artists Showcase

    $8 admission; $6 for members

    Artists Showcase

    Please join us as the Asian Arts Initiative opens its 2006 Artist Exchange with a multidisciplinary showcase featuring Mango Tribe and existing work from this year’s accepted artists:

    Rodney Camarce - Philadelphia, PA

    Ching-In Chen - Boston, MA

    Sham-e-Ali al-Jami - Cary, NC

    Mytili Jagannathan - Philadelphia, PA

    Pradeepa Jeevamanoharan - Minneapolis, MN

    Achinta McDaniel - Venice, CA

    Michelle Myers - Swedesboro, NJ

    Alison Park - Philadelphia, PA

    Hanalei Ramos - Jersey City, NJ

    Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha - Toronto, ON

    Kristina Wong - Los Angeles, CA


    Lots of construction on every page, as this website is birthed from the boredom of a Friday night, where I am babysitting. Amidst school, friends, love, and the rest of it, life is somewhat turbulent. I am currently hassling the hell out of two wonderful women I will call Tekla and AM, as my first chapbook reaches completion! They are helping me with cover art and layout respectively, and I couldn't be more grateful than to have these two women see me through this first time o' mine. I'll admit: I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I"M DOING! So, kindly await Letters to Martha as it will be ready in March 2006! How exciting! I will finally have a chappy of my own. GO ME!

    Quick Bio

    Hanalei Ramos is a very nice person and a stereotypical aquarius. FACT: while it is a common misconception that “aquarius, the water bearer” is a water sign, it is not. It is actually an air sign! Other than that, she is a proud founding member of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, a mass-based organization for Filipinas in the NYC area. Hanalei has also toured around the country as a performer and is the author of Foiled Stars, Letters to Martha, and the one-woman show, Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know. Hanalei currently lives and works in her native Jersey City, NJ. For more information about her, please visit

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