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Have Come, Am Here April 27, 2011: I’ve been reading essays by Carlos Bulosan, published in On Becoming Filipino (Temple University Press, 1995), which is an excellent collection of his poetry, stories, essays, and correspondence, edited by the preeminent Filipino American and postcolonial scholar E. San Juan, Jr. From these essays, particularly, “I Am Not A Laughing [...] by

Reading, and What’s On My Radar April 26, 2011: Holla, Rigoberto! Whatchu reading, you ask. Actually, I am reading the boisterous novel, Leche, by poet and novelist R. Zamora Linmark, as he will be in San Francisco this week, and I will be interviewing him at his I-Hotel Manilatown event (which falls on the same day as my 40th birthday). I also wanted to link to some poetry happenings, books, [...] by

In Praise of the Filipino Hustle April 21, 2011: [That's me, with Eileen Tabios, in 2001 or 2002, toasting Manuel Ocampo's painting Die Kreuzigung Christi.] It’s recently been brought to my attention that in the APIA literary scene, so many of the “movers and shakers” are Filipino Americans. Is this true? I had to think about it, and while I think my perception isn’t objective, [...] by

“An Antidote to Loneliness” April 18, 2011: Anisa Onofre, co-editor of Aztlan Libre Press, has pointed me to this 1999 article on Norma Alarcón, upon the 20th anniversary of Third Woman Press. I am especially struck by this paragraph: Third Woman Press began originally as an antidote to loneliness, when Alarcón -- a specialist in feminist critical theory, cultural criticism, and [...] by

Some Thoughts on Martín Espada’s The Lover of a Subversive is Also a Subversive April 16, 2011: [As a Filipino American author, one of my ongoing complaints is that it feels like Filipino American literary scholars are behind on the community's literary output. Something I've been experiencing frequently when educators teach Poeta en San Francisco, as a local Filipina educator did for her Filipino American narratives course in Ethnic [...] by

Some Thoughts on No’u Revilla, Say Throne April 12, 2011: I’ve just received and read No’u Revilla’s Say Throne, the newest chapbook offering from the super awesome Tinfish Press. This chapbook is part of a series of "12 retro chapbooks — made inexpensively and in short runs,” being released by Tinfish Press. Revilla’s Say Throne clocks in at 16 pages, and consists of poems which editor [...] by

Women of Color and Body Politics April 7, 2011: Niki Escobar, "Native Song," (February 2009). oil pastel, india ink, acrylics, including lines from Poeta en San Francisco. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until [...] by

Literary Activism and Practicing Generosity April 6, 2011: Thank you Rigoberto González for the shout out, and for your recent post! I would also love to say a few things about "po-biz" work, riffing off that post. One of the last times I saw Rigoberto was at CantoMundo in Albuquerque. Though I’m not a Latino poet, I’d tagged along with my husband Oscar Bermeo, who was one of the program’s [...] by

On Brandy Nālani McDougall’s The Salt-Wind, Ka Makani P’akai April 5, 2011: I first arrived at Brandy Nālani McDougall’s poems in Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing, Pacific Rim 2009 (Salt Publishing), edited by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke. Not a conventional “anthology,” this aesthetically diverse volume consists of four chapbook-length selections of poems by four poets — dg nanouk okpik, Cathy [...] by

Some questions re: women of color and publishing April 1, 2011: Hi there, Harrieteers! It's good to be back for National Poetry Month. One of the things I've been thinking about a lot lately, and blogging about lately is publishing venues for women of color. More specifically, I'm wondering about publishing venues run by women of color for women of color writers. In my blog post, I've discussed the [...] by