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Philippine American Writers and Artists blog for lit/arts events, reviews, news, and opportunities.

10/13/2012: PAWA and Irma's Present for Litcrawl SF


Lit Crawl - Barrio Fiesta (Wave 1)Irma’s - 2901 16th Street Saturday, October 13 - 6 PM

In PAWA's (Philippine American Writers and Artists) Barrio Fiesta reading at Irma's, one of the first Filipino restaurants in San Francisco, five writers will share work about a celebration: whether culinary, cultural or community-based. And in the spirit of every good Asian American and Filipino celebration, deep-fried snacks (read: lumpia) will most likely be served. Hosted by poet OSCAR BERMEO.

LISA ABELLERA earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.  Her work appears in The Southeast Review, Lowestoft Chronicle, and The Globetrotter's Companion (Lion Lounge Press), an anthology of creative travel writing.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is currently at work on a collection of short fiction.

JENNIFER DERILO  has a BA in Literatures of the World from UC San Diego and an MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from Mills College, where she was its first Jacob K. Javits Fellow. She is the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Kartika Review and an English instructor at Southwestern College. She enjoys writing and reading about people and things unseen. She often has nightmares about zombies. And abandoned predicate parts.

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, Galatea Resurrects and is the editor of a food blog called The Palay (  Justin is currently completing his MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

MELISSA SIPIN is a writer from Carson, California. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012 and her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Kweli Journal, Tidal Basin Review, and Kartika Review, among other publications. Melissa was awarded the full-tuition assistantship in narrative writing and community engagement at Mills College and is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction.

AILEEN SUZARA is a Filipina/American educator, cook, eco-activist, organic farmer and adobo champion. She finds inspiration in the power of story to create change -- from the voices of climate change fighters to the oral histories of California's AAPI farmworkers. Aileen's writing appears in The Colors of Nature, Earth Island Journal, Growing Up Filipino II, and more. She blogs on food, memory and place at Kitchen Kwento (