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On Community April 30, 2012: [caption id="attachment_45570" align="alignnone" width="218" caption="Image: "I Will Not," by Niki Escobar (2012)."][/caption] In line with Rigoberto Gonzalez's last blog post, "Letras Latinas and Building Community," I have been thinking about community, and my own work with/in community. Over the past few years, I've found [...] by

My California: Three Questions for our State’s New Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera April 27, 2012: On March 21, 2012, the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown issued a press release, reading: SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today appointed Juan Felipe Herrera to the position of California Poet Laureate. Mr. Herrera, 63, is the author of twenty-eight books and currently serves as the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of [...] by

Not Invisible, Not Minority, Not Unpublished April 26, 2012: Well, National Poetry Month is winding down, and I have been enjoying my time in this space, writing out my thoughts on teaching, reading, and writing Pinay Literature (and related topics). I'm always grateful to be called back here. This inclusion is meaningful to me and to members of my community. I have previously written about the feeling [...] by

Margaret Rhee: Body Maps: A (digital/real) Asian American Feminist Poetics April 24, 2012: On Body. I was recently invited by poet and academic, Margaret Rhee, to participate in an Asian American Women Artists Association event titled, "Body Maps." Intuitivitely, I knew my work did indeed belong in such a production; the Pinay body has been contested space for centuries, now flung into commerce globally as a service item. This is [...] by

Teaching and Writing Pinay Lives and Voices April 23, 2012: One of the themes of my posts here, and in the larger picture of my teaching and writing work, is Pinay Voices, as opposed to that one representative voice. I've been resistant about the idea of "representative work," in the community. I resist the idea that one or two works (or types of work) can fairly represent any one community. The more I [...] by

Filipino American Literature: A Plethora of Writing Prompts April 20, 2012: So, it's the end of week 13 of spring semester. At this point, all of the heavy lifting has been done, the hard discussions where history, historiography, culture, politics, social issues, questions of race and ethnic identity formation, intersect with the literary, the aesthetic, formalist concerns. Now for the fun part. I always give my [...] by

Politics and Poetry: More Recovery in Filipino American Literature April 17, 2012: Another class I am currently teaching this semester is Filipino American Literature in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University. Now, I always swore that if I were ever presented with the opportunity to teach Fil Am Lit courses, I would do my best to move beyond, excavate deeper than what is considered the "usual [...] by

Filipina Domesticity: Wife Poetry April 12, 2012: Domesticity is one of those "topics" that make me hostile. To be specific, the expectation that as women we relish (and languish) without resistance in domesticity is what makes me hostile. Certainly, a big part of my hostility has to do with what I previously blogged, about women not having access to a world other than the domestic world, about [...] by

Filipina Lives and Voices in Literature April 10, 2012: That's the official title of the class I'm teaching at USF this semester. Preparing for and teaching the class continues to be a profound, even emotional process of recovery. As I tweak my syllabus for next semester, again, it makes me emotional. I told my students that no matter how much material I give them to read (and I apologized for over [...] by

Pinay Poetry April 3, 2012: Hello again Harriet, what up? I'm glad to be back at the Poetry Foundation for this here National Poetry Month. Let me reintroduce myself. Barbara Jane Reyes here, Oakland-based poet. Among other places, I've been teaching Philippine and Filipino American Literature in the Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco. One day, I'd [...] by