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A space to encourage writing of Filipino American literature and the arts




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

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04/19/2015: "sound, word." National Poetry Month with Jason Bayani and Janice Sapigao


April is National Poetry Month, and PAWA and Kearny Street Workshop are doin' a little something for the occasion. 

Pin@y poets are doing remarkable things in print publication and in performance. Please join us on 04/19/2015 at 1:30 pm, at Arc Studios and Gallery, for "sound, word." Bay Area Pin@y poets Jason Bayani and Janice Sapigao will be droppin la poesía!

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet from Write Bloody Press. He's an MFA grad from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and is currently the program manager for Kearny Street Workshop. 

Janice Sapigao is a Pinay poet and writer from San Jose, CA. She earned her M.F.A. in Critical Studies/Writing at CalArts. She co-founded an open mic in Los Angeles called Sunday Jump and she is the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. She works at Skyline College and San Jose City College. She enjoys running, drinking tea, and playing with stuffed animals. 

Where: Arc Studios and Gallery  1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm.

How much: FREE! 

" poesía es como el pan, de todos." "...poetry, like bread, is for everyone." (Roque Dalton)


11/22/2014: #allpinayeverything Pinay Playwrights in Conversation


Please join us for #allpinayeverything: Pinay playwrights in conversation, with Kat Evasco, Darah Macaraeg, Lorna Velasco, and Christina Ying! 

We'll be at Bindlestiff Stdio, 185 - 6th Street @ Howard, SF on Saturday 11.22.2014, starting at 2 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Please feel free to RSVP at our FB event page:

06/23/2013: Bruce Reyes-Chow, But I Don't See You As Asian in SF



From Bruce Reyes-Chow:

You are invited to the official release and signing event for Bruce's newest book, "But I Don't See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race." Held at the coffee house where most of the writing occurred, get some coffee, buy a book and see the signs of relief on the faces of his family and friends.

Stop by any time during the two hour timeframe. There is not much gathering room at Philz Coffee Noe Valley and there will be no formal program*, but since a majority of the book was written fueled by Philz coffee, it seems only appropriate to officially release the book at this great San Francisco business.

Books will be available at the event, but you can also purchase a print copy on Amazon. There are also electronic versions for your Nook or Kindle and if you were a Kickstarter supporter, I can have yours waiting.


Thank you in advance and please do feel free to share this invitation with others who might be interested in attending the event or reading the book.

Peace - Bruce

*There may be door prizes awarded, there is a nice park across the street where folks can hang out and there are plenty of great eateries in the area for folks to visit before or after stopping by the signing.


01/16/2013: Jeannie Barroga's "M" (Staged reading)


_M_jan16 M staged reading by Jeannie Barroga directed by Norman Gee

Wednesday January 16 7:30 pm - suggested donation $10+

with Lisa Hori-Garcia, Tessa Koning-Martinez*, Jed Parsario, Tony Williams (as Einstein) Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley, CA

"Can Love Be Reduced To an Equation?" Using Einstein's unfinished unified field theory (and noodling with alternate realities), physics grad student Jason toils over a thesis about string theory while alternate realities clash, Pasts and Presents intermingle, and What-Ifs are unified. All the while, a pajama-clad Albert Einstein narrates.

Join us for this new play by former Gerbode/Hewlett Foundations grant winner for "BUFFALO'ED" which premiered at San Jose Stage in 2012 Info:

Thanks to AEA, The Playwrights Lab, Throckmorton Theater and Lucy Mercer

12/01/2012: Book Launching of My Bay Kitchen: Memories of My Homeland


my_bay_kitchen Arkipelago The Filipino Bookstore invites you to the official book launch of:

My Bay Kitchen: Memories of My Homeland, Travels and More... by Rene M. Astudillo

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 3:00pm Bayanihan Community Center 1010 Mission St. (& 6th) San Francisco, CA 94103

A San Francisco Bay Area author’s collection of his favorite recipes learned from his Filipino mother’s kitchen, picked up from his world travel, and developed from his association with other food enthusiasts. With each pictured recipe comes a personal story, a pinch of trivia and a dash of humor — all meant to engage the reader in some exciting kitchen talk or dinner conversation. Come in for the stories. Stay for the recipes.


“Taking you from Filipino favorites like pancit and chicken adobo to Indonesian nasi goreng (fried rice) and Vietnamese claypot catfish, Rene Astudillo’s “My Bay Kitchen” offers a delightfully warm account of the delicious international adventures at his stove. The recipes will entice — along with the travel tales with which he garnishes each dish. Do not read this on an empty stomach.”

–Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Author of “A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family.“


“With mouth-watering recipes from Thailand, Spain, Bahamas, Hawaii, Philippines, and elsewhere, this around-the-world cookbook reminds us of the endless pair of cooking with remembering journeys and loved ones.”

–R. Zamora Linmark, Author of “Rolling the R’s,” “Leche,” and “Drive-By Vigils.”


Paperback | Full Color | 80 Pages, 6″ x 9 ” | $21.95 | The Perfect Holiday Gift!

Please rsvp ( and reserve your seat as space is limited.

For more information on the event please call us at (415) 553-8185

Light refreshments will be provided

For more information about Rene M. Astudillo and his works please visit:

12/08/2012: Pinay Poets at the Oakland Public Library (Temescal Branch)



Award-winning Oakland poet Barbara Jane Reyes, author of the newly released chapbook For the City that Nearly Broke Me, will read from her work and host readings by three emerging Filipina-American poets from Oakland and the Bay Area: Rachelle Cruz, Melissa Sipin and Yael Villafranca.

The event continues the series of monthly Saturday afternoon salons at the Temescal Branch Library that feature important contributors to Oakland's cultural fabric.