"Painting Poverty" (left) is by Joe Balaz. "Pieces of a Marriage" (right) is by Joe Balaz and Mary Ellen Derwis.
Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai'i Creole English) and in American English. He edited Ho'omanoa: An Anthology of Contemporary Hawaiian Literature. Some of his recent Pidgin writing has appeared in Heavy Feather Review, Public Pool, The Rising Phoenix Review, and Yellow Mama, among others. Balaz is an avid supporter of Hawaiian Islands Pidgin writing in the expanding context of World Literature. He presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mary Ellen Derwis has had photographs and art appear in various publications online. She is also involved with the healing arts through her interest and practice in Chi Nei Tsang. Her healing web site is at www.BeInTheTao.com.