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Dominic Inouye

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Between May 2016 and May 2017, I am serving as The Pfister Hotel Narrator, editing the Hotel blog (, which includes a regular feature, Humans of The Pfister, that will be compiled in the Spring.

I am also the editor of RelevantMagazine (, which features local stories in a variety of forms--journalism, poetry, photo essays, etc.--that celebrate the "relevant" (Latin relevare = to raise or lift up, alleviate or free from a burden") people, places, and events in our city. Stories this summer have included Juneteenth Day, Yoga For Peace, Black Lives Matter, Connect 53212, Jazz in the Hood, Teens Grow Greens, the Chardhi Kala 6K, and a recent story about moving to Milwaukee from Tehran. Guest contributions are always welcomed.

As a teacher for over twenty years, I worked with everyone from elementary school students to adult learners, creative writers and physical therapists, to help them develop their reading, writing, critical thinking, and, most of all, their voices. I began my career at Marquette University, expecting to become the next Mr. Keating from Dead Poets Society, then made a surprise move to the high school classroom, where I found his home at Pius XI High School, then later at The Prairie School in Wind Point, Wisconsin, where I just completed my seventh and final year as an English teacher.

Never one to pull an old lesson plan out of a dusty file cabinet and re-use it year after year, I began experimenting from the very beginning with how to integrate authentic, real-world, transformative learning into my students’ study of literature and the expression of ideas. Examples include the founding of the Milwaukee Spotlight Student Film Festival, the C.L.A.S.S. program, which brings together 4th-12th graders for service learning, and the Senior Capstone program of individualized research projects.

artist statement

"I was trying to connect up and use all the fragments I was born with." --E.M. Forster

"Only connect." --E.M. Forster

I have always told my students that metaphor is essential to peace because it directly equates two different things. If revolutionary people hadn't insisted on metaphor in the past, then black wouldn't equal white, woman wouldn't equal man, gay wouldn't equal straight, Catholic wouldn't equal Muslim, and so on. Obviously, many times metaphor doesn't win, but it sure as heck should.