"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). He is the author of Pidgin Eye, a collection of poetry. The book was featured by NBC News for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2019. Balaz presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe recommends Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu.
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.