PAWA Reading Featuring Tina Bartolome, Bonne Marie Bautista, G. Justin Hulog, Cheena Marie Lo, and Michael Medrano
TINA BARTOLOME is a San Francisco native and daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Switzerland. Her solidarity with people’s struggles for self-determination has taken her to the Philippines, Cuba and Guåhan (Guam) with a steady commitment to return to working class neighborhoods in San Francisco and Oakland and facilitate radical spaces for young people to develop leadership and artistic voice for making social change.
BONNE MARIE BAUTISTA was born in Daly City, raised in Quezon City, Philippines and grew up in San Francisco. She earned a BA in English Literature from Mills College in Oakland, where she also served as editor in chief of The Campanil. She is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation VOICES Workshops and is currently the VONA program coordinator.
G. JUSTIN HULOG writes stories about ruined gods, forgotten spaces and new worlds. Born in Baguio City, he grew up in California before leaving home to study Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He has written for Karma Magazine. Justin is currently completing his MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
CHEENA MARIE LO earned her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College. She currently resides in Oakland, CA, where she is pursing an MFA in Poetry at Mills College. Her spirit animal is the turtle, and she enjoys pulling warm laundry out of the dryer.
MICHAEL MEDRANO was born and raised in Fresno, California, the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and has performed his work at Stanford University, The Loft Literary Arts Center in Minneapolis, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. His work has appeared in Rattle; North American Review; The Cortland Review; and Bombay Gin among other publications. He is host of the literary radio show Pakatelas on KFCF 88.1FM. His first book of poetry, Born in the Cavity of Sunsets (Bilingual Press 2009) was a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book.
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