Yokanaan Kearns was raised in Hawaii and spent ten years in exile in various U.S. states. He tends to write about personal identity in multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-cultural communities. His PhD in Classics from UCLA came in handy while writing Dis/Troy, a stage adaptation of Homer's Iliad, which was commissioned by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and developed at the Kennedy Center's New Visions / New Voices program and at the Playwrights in Our Schools program supported by the Alliance for Theatre Education and the Children's Theatre Foundation of America. Mr. Kearns' other plays include How Kitty Got Her Pidgin Back; Pidg Latin, which received the AT&T: Onstage grant; Choice (commissioned by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Honolulu Sex Abuse Treatment Center); and Maui vs. Hercules (commissioned by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth). He also served as dramaturg for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth's production of The Stones. Mr. Kearns lives, works, and writes in Hawaii. The living part he does with his wife and son.