Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Filipino American Authors - HOT OFF THE PRESS LITERARY Reading, Sat. Oct 19, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

INVITATION TO THE HOT OFF THE PRESS LITERARY READINGS, moderated by Cecilia Brainard, part of the Second Filipino American International Book Festival in San Francisco:

Filipino American authors will read from their recently published books on Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:45-2:45 p.m, at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. (at Grove), San Francisco, CA. The event is free.

There is also a literary reading on Sunday, Oct. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.(see names below).

This invitation highlights the Saturday Readers.  Here are the bios of these talented writers and links to their websites. You can get signed copies of their books from Linda Nietes of Philippine Expressions, tel: 310-514-9139:

Jon Pineda 
Jon Pineda's debut novel APOLOGY, winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize, received a "starred review" from LIBRARY JOURNAL.  His memoir SLEEP IN ME was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is currently being translated into Chinese.  His poetry collections include THE TRANSLATOR'S DIARY, winner of the 2007 Green Rose Prize in Poetry, and BIRTHMARK, winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition.  He lives with his family in Virginia and teaches creative writing at the University of Mary Washington. 

Lysley Tenorio 

   Lysley Tenorio is the author of Monstress (Ecco/HarperCollins).  His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prizeanthologies.  A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and an NEA Fellowship.  He teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Dawn Mabalon
     Author of Little Manila Is in the Heart 

The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California
Narrating a history spanning much of the twentieth century, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon traces the growth of Stockton's Filipina/o American community, the birth and eventual destruction of Little Manila, and recent efforts to remember and preserve it.
"Little Manila Is in the Heart is a triumph of Filipina/o American history and American studies. There is no other scholarly analysis of the dynamic and vibrant Filipina/o American experience central to the development of Stockton's urban life and the larger San Joaquin Delta, a key area of California's agribusiness. Moreover, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon is a masterful storyteller. She draws on oral histories to illuminate the pain and joy of building, sustaining, losing, and attempting to preserve Little Manila in Stockton, weaving in with great finesse family history, archival research, and her own activism on behalf of Little Manila's preservation."—Catherine Ceniza Choy, author of Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History
Dawn Bohulano Mabalon is Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University. 

Benjamin Pimentel is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's the author of "UG, An Undergound Tale,” a biography of Edgar Jopson, a leader in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship; "Pareng Barack, Filipinos in Obama's America," a personal reflection on the historic 2008 U.S. presidential election, "How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog," a collection of essays, and the novel "Mga Gerilya Sa Powell Street,” which won the 2007 National Book Award for fiction in Manila. The novel was adapted for the stage by Rody Vera and produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2008. An English-translation of the play, “The Guerrillas of Powell Street” will be staged by Bindlestiff Studio in 2014. His first play, “Pramoedya” about the late Indonesian novelist, was staged at the CCP in July.

Luisa A. Igloria  is Professor of Creative Writing and English, and Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. She is the author of The Saints of StreetsJuan Luna’s RevolverTrill & Mordent, and 8 other books. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, poemeleon, The Missouri Review, qarrtsiluni, Silk Road, Indiana Review, Rattle, and TriQuarterly. Various literary awards include the 2007 49th Parallel Poetry Prize, the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize; the 2006 National Writers Union Poetry Prize; and the 2006 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize (Crab Orchard Review). Luisa is also an eleven-time recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature—in three genres, and its Hall of Fame distinction.  Luisa has degrees from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a Fulbright Fellow from 1992-1995. Since November 20, 2010, she has been writing (at least) a poem a day, archived at Dave Bonta's Via Negativa site.  She enjoys cooking with her family, yoga, book-binding, and listening to tango music.

Angela Narciso Torres 

   Angela Narciso Torres is the winner of the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry [Blood Orange. Poems]. Recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Cream City Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO. 

Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez is a second-generation Pinay, who was born in Honolulu, raised in San Diego, and is as an Associate Professor for the University of San Francisco's Department of Sociology.  She also serves as Director of USF’s Asian Pacific American Studies program, as faculty in its Critical Diversity Studies and Philippine Studies programs, and is the only tenured Filipina in USF’s College of Arts and Sciences.  She studies and teaches about race, ethnicity, gender, immigration, research methods, and social change, and is the author of Celebrating Debutantes and QuinceaƱeras (Temple University Press, 2013).

Leny Mendoza Strobel is the co-editor of Back from the Crocodile's Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory. Leny is Professor and Department Chair of the American Multicultural Studies Department and Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program at Sonoma State University. Her previous books include: Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous; A Book of Her Own: Words and Images to Honor the Babaylan; and Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization Among Post-1965 Filipino Americanas. Leny is the Project Director of the Center for Babaylan Studies.

I'll showcase the Sunday readers another day, but their names are noted below:

Sunday - Oct. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

M.Evelina Galang
Giovanni Ortega

Nieves Catahan Villamin
Marianne Villanueva

Nick Deocampo 
Joaquin Jay Gonzalez & Angelo Michael F. Merino 

Kristian Kabuay

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