Lyz Soto

Co-Executive Director

Lyz Soto is Co-founder of Pacific Tongues and between 2008 and 2012 she was the Executive Director of Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi. She has worked as the head coach of the Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi Slam Team from 2008 until 2012 and she is currently working towards a PhD at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she also teaches English. She has performed in Hawaiʻi and across the continental United States. She has also had the honor of traveling with Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi alumni to Aotearoa, where she had the great pleasure of performing with the South Auckland Poets Collective. Her chapbook, Eulogies, was published in 2010 by TinFish Press.

Craig Santos PereZ

Co-Executive Director

Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamorro from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is the co-editor of two anthologies, co-founder of Ala Press, co-star of the spoken word album Undercurrent (2011), and author of three poetry books. He has been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and the winner of the PEN Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Award and the American Book Award. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, and affiliate faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program. He specializes in Creative Writing, Pacific Literature, Indigenous Studies, and International Poetry and Poetics. 


Jocelyn Ng

Outreach Coordinator

Jocelyn Ng is a Hawai'i based poet, public school educator, and poetry facilitator. She has been a member of seven national slam teams. She is a 2x Brave New Voices Champion, a 2011 CUPSI 'Best of the Rest' performer, and was a member of the 2013 InkSlam Championship team in Los Angeles. As a graduate from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor's degree in English Literature, she has conducted poetry workshops throughout schools in California and Hawai'i.