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10/22/2011: Queens Poet Lore presents Ebolusyon Finale: Jessica Hagedorn & R. Zamora Linmark

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With great enthusiasm, we invite you to a very special reading by distinguished novelists Jessica Hagedorn and R. Zamora Linmark on Saturday, October 22, 630 pm, in the historic neighborhood of Sunnyside, Queens. Hagedorn and Linmark’s experimental novels Dogeaters (Penguin) and Rolling the Rs (Kaya Press) are landmarks in American literature, and continue to blaze a trail for Philippine American writers. Both authors will read from their critically acclaimed new novels, Toxicology (Viking, 2011) and Leche (Coffee House Press, 2011), which will be available for sale at the event. A brief Q&A, book-signing, and reception will follow the reading. This event marks the finale to Ebolusyon: A Gathering of Philippine American Artists in Queens, presented in recognition of October's Philippine Heritage Month by Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier. The program consists of a pair of art residencies and openings, digital film screenings, readings, and talks by some of today's innovative Fil Am artists and writers, including celebrated poet/novelists Jessica Hagedorn and R. Zamora Linmark; Astoria painter/collagist Marietta Ganapin and Brooklyn painter Ernest Concepcion; University of Washington historian Vicente L. Rafael; and Elmhurst's own Guggenheim recipient for filmmaking, Lav Diaz. Seating is limited at the space, and guests are encouraged to rsvp to queenspoetlaureate@gmail.com.

Queens Poet Lore presents Ebolusyon: A Gathering of Philippine American Artists in Queens Finale featuring Jessica Hagedorn and R. Zamora Linmark Bliss on Bliss Art Projects 41-49 45th Street (at 43rd Avenue), ground floor* Sunnyside, New York 11104

DIRECTIONS: At the 46th Street stop of the 7 train, walk northwest (TMobile side of Queens Blvd) towards 43rd avenue. The space is just off the northeast corner of 43rd Avenue (across from Rite Aid), with entrance at the black gate of the driveway on 45th Street. Please note possible service changes to the 7 train on the weekend.

Jessica Hagedorn, a novelist, poet, and playwright, was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States in her teens. Her books include the novels Dogeaters (a finalist for the National Book Award and the recipient of an American Book Award) The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle (a New York Times Notable Book), and Danger and Beauty, a collection of selected poetry and short fiction. Hagedorn was the editor of the Asian American fiction anthology Charlie Chan is Dead. She lives in New York City.

Poet, novelist, and playwright R. Zamora Linmark is the author of two novels, Leche (May 2011, Coffee House Press), and the best-selling novel Rolling the R’s (Kaya Press), as well as three collections of poetry, Prime Time Apparitions, The Evolution of a Sigh, and the forthcoming Drive By Vigils, all from Hanging Loose Press. A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including two from the Fulbright Foundation, a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a U.S.–Japan Friendship Commission, he has published in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and the Philippines. His stage adaptation of Rolling the R’s premiered in Honolulu in 2008 to critical and commercial success. Linmark divides his time between Manila and Honolulu.

Praise for Hagedorn's Toxicology (Viking, 2011):

“As the brilliant chronicler of the Filipino-American experience, Jessica Hagedorn has tackled in the past large themes such as the tragic consequences of colonialism, and the destructive structures of corruption it legates to the colonized. With Toxicology, her best, and most daring, novel so far, she has broken new ground by writing with naked brutality, but also with piercing humor and great wisdom, about what it means to be a New Yorker at the beginning of the 21st century. Toxicology is an indelible portrait of how we live today.” –Jaime Manrique

“…An eclectic mix of differing voices, dream sequences, interviews, and snippets of memoir, as well as straight narrative all overlaid with Hagedorn’s darkly humorous perspective. Her characters are complex and sympathetic, and each has a distinctive voice full of pain, longing, and love.” —Library Journal

Praise for Linmark's Leche (Coffee House Press, 2011):

“Linmark delivers a harrowing tale of love, family, and cultural bewilderment, a sardonically funny and vibrant novel about one man’s journey to his past. . . . Linmark’s novel reads like a bittersweet love letter to a vast and perplexing nation. This is a story of heritage, sexuality, and self-discovery that is as riveting as its locale is complex.” —Booklist

“Much like Linmark’s delightful debut novel . . . Leche manages to be at once formally inventive and compulsively readable. With its non-stop action and experimental structure—interspersing postcard correspondence, dream sequences, and, best of all, tongue-in-cheek “Tourist Tips” and entries from “Decolonization for Beginners” that cannily anticipate the book’s own potential misreading as little more than an opportunity for some cross-cultural eavesdropping—Leche educates and entertains in equal measure.” —Lambda Literary

Huffington Post: Celebrating Filipino American Literature, Poetry & Art in NYC

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From Huffington Post: Celebrating Filipino American Literature, Poetry & Art in NYC by Feliz L. Molina

In Queens, NY, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 29 there will be a Fil Am gathering of writers, artists, and scholars hosted by Queens Poet Lore Paolo Javier and Bliss on Bliss Art Projects visual artist/printmaker Ged Merino. I interviewed Paolo Javier about the event and people involved in the month long program.

What's the Fil Am literary & art community in NYC like?

Rich, varied, and sophisticated, which, one might argue, is expected of community based in a cultural center such as NYC, but that I, myself, would never take for granted. To be sure, the Fil Am community here features its own cliques, but these are bound by a pretty wide spectrum of interests, including the visual arts, film, theater, fiction, poetry.

Out of the five boroughs, however, Queens has long served as a vital home for Fil Am artists, particularly writers and filmmakers. Ninotchka Rosca lives here, as does film producer/activist Ramon Mappala, and Guggenheim recipient and indie filmmaker Lavrente Diaz, to name a few figures in the community. And Queens, for as long as I've visited (since the mid-80s) and lived in it (since '99), has provided a safe haven for an active LGBT Filipino/a arts scene, contrary to what the NYTimes will irresponsibly have you believe about the borough and its immigrants.

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09/21 - 10/29/2011: EBOLUSYON: A GATHERING OF CONTEMPORARY PHILIPPINE AMERICAN ARTISTS IN QUEENS

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Queens Poet Lore and Bliss on Bliss Art Projects Present EBOLUSYON: A GATHERING OF CONTEMPORARY PHILIPPINE AMERICAN ARTISTS IN QUEENS September 21 to October 29, 2011

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend Bliss on Bliss Art Project's inaugural season, and warmly encourage you to extend this invitation to all interested parties. Bring your entourage!

Located in the historic Queens neighborhood of Sunnyside, BBAP is committed to providing an intimate venue for the showcase of new work by contemporary artists, writers, filmmakers, scholars, performers, and arts educators based in the tri-state area's most diverse borough. Founded and run by Philippine-born visual artist and printmaker Ged Merino, BBAP also hopes to spotlight the diverse contributions by today's Philippine American cultural producers. 

In recognition of October's Philippine Heritage Month, Queens Poet Laureate and Sunnyside neighbor Paolo Javier will curate a special program consisting of a pair of art residencies and openings, digital film screenings, readings, and talks by some of today's innovative Fil Am artists and writers, including celebrated poet/novelists Jessica Hagedorn and R. Zamora Linmark, and Elmhurst's own Guggenheim recipient for filmmaking, Lav Diaz. This gathering will serve as a blueprint for BBAP's future programming, as weplan to continue our month-long artist residencies, in addition to maintaining our calendar of interdisciplinary events.

Seating is limited, and we encourage all of our guests to rsvp to our events (please specify) at queenspoetlaureate@gmail.com. You can also reach Ged Merino with queries at ged@blissonblissstudio.com. Ebolusyon: A Gathering of Contemporary Philippine American Artists in Queens, Sept 21 - Oct 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 21 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Talk/Salon, featuring University of Washington historian Vicente Rafael, author of The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines (Duke University Press, 2005)

Saturday, October 8  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Book Party, Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier’s The Feeling is Actual (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011)

Saturday, October 15  1:00PM to 8:00PM – Digital Film Screening, Lav Fest: The Films of Lavrente Diaz, Program 1:Melancholia (2008)

Friday, October 21 6:30PM to 8:30PM – Open Studios/Artist Talk, featuring residents Marietta Ganapin and Ernest Concepcion

Saturday, October 22 6:30PM to 8:30PM – Reading/Book Signing, featuring novelists Jessica Hagedorn and R. Zamora Linmark

Saturday, October 23 1:00PM to 8:00PM  Digital Film Screening, Lav Fest: The Films of Lavrente Diaz, Program 2: Batang West Side (2002)

Saturday, October 29 6:00PM to 9:00PM – Artist Talk/Q & A, Lav Fest: The Films of Lavrente Diaz, Program 3, featuring filmmaker Lavrente Diaz