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07/26 - 07/29/2012: San Francisco International Poetry Festival


Folks, Pinay poet Sasha Pimentel Chacón will be participating in this year's San Francisco International Poetry Festival:

Honoring our City’s great legacy of encouraging cross cultural dialogue,  Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Protocol have presented the San Francisco International Poetry Festival.

Since the 2007 Festival, Friends of the SFPL has presented smaller poetry festivals in a variety of languages, such as the Iranian Literary Arts FestivalVietnamese Poets of the Diaspora and Flor y Canto en el Barrio:  A Celebration of Latino Poetry, in their ongoing effort to continue to build cultural bridges, celebrate the literary arts and foster international dialogue.

Click here for more info on the San Francisco International Poetry Festival.

Schedule is here.

10/23/2011: Kundiman & Verlaine present R. Zamora Linmark, Sasha Pimentel Chacon & Hanalei Ramos


Kundiman & Verlaine present

An evening of poetry & libation

Featuring: R. Zamora Linmark, Sasha Pimentel Chacon & Hanalei Ramos

Sunday, Oct. 23 Reading begins at 5 p.m. Open Bar from 4-5 p.m. At Verlaine: 110 Rivington St. b/w Ludlow & Essex Sts. [directions: F to Delancey or V to 2nd Ave.] $5 suggested donation

R. Zamora Linmark has authored three poetry collections, Prime Time Apparitions The Evolution of a Sigh, and Drive-By Vigils, all from Hanging Loose Press, and two novels, the best-selling Rolling The R's, which he's adapted for the stage, and the just-published Leche. He resides in Honolulu and Manila, and is at work on a novel and a play But, Beautiful.

Born in Manila and raised in Atlanta, Saudi Arabia and the NYC-tri state region, Sasha Pimentel Chacón is a Filipina American poet and author of Insides She Swallowed, winner of the 2011 American Book Award. Her work has appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review and Callaloo, and she is the winner of the Ernesto Trejo prize and the Philip Levine fellowship. She is currently an assistant professor of poetics and poetry writing at the University of Texas at El Paso. She lives in El Paso with her husband fiction author Daniel Chacón, on the border of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Hanalei Ramos is the author of Letters to Martha and Foiled Stars. Her solo performance work, Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know, was created through the generosity of the Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), and commissioned by the National Asian-American Theater Festival in New York City. Most recently, she has been awarded residencies and opportunities with Project Rowhouses, The Laundromat Project, and the Asian Womens Giving Circle. Hanalei lives and work in Jersey City, NJ. More about her here.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership wth the City Council.

For more information, go to Kundiman Reading Series

10/16/2011: Sasha Pimentel Chacón to Accept American Book Award in Berkeley


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Amanda Sutton 505-400-3898 or

Sasha Pimentel Chacón to Accept American Book Award in Berkeley October 16

EL PASO—El Paso author Sasha Pimentel Chacón has won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her book Insides She Swallowed, published by West End Press. Chacón and other winners will accept their awards October 16 at UC-Berkeley.

The Before Columbus Foundation was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to promoting contemporary American multicultural literature. Each year, they bestow the American Book Award to authors whose books were published in the previous calendar year that exemplify outstanding writing without restriction to race, sex, ethnic background, or genre.

Pimentel Chacón’s book Insides She Swallowed is her debut collection of thirty-one poems that use rich imagery to explore the things that sustain human hungers. She draws on the metaphors of consumption and sensuality in recalling her family life and Filipino homeland.

A visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s bilingual MFA program, Pimentel Chacón is honored to have received the award, which has had such notable winners in the past as Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, and Toni Morrison.

"We’re especially pleased that Sasha should win this award, a fitting tribute to a wonderful, strong, audacious voice of the new generation of Filipina writers,” says John Crawford, publisher of West End Press.

The press has won five American Book Awards in the past, going back to 1984.

Pimentel Chacón holds an MFA in creative writing from California State University, Fresno, and her research includes prosody, poetics, Asian American, Latino/a, immigrant, and women’s literature. Her poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Callaloo and the Colorado Review, among other publications. She currently lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband the fiction writer Daniel Chacón.

For more information, please visit the following websites: Sasha Pimentel Chacon: West End Press:


Amanda Sutton, Publicity West End Press


The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the 32nd Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS

Ceremonies to be held Sunday, Oct 16, 2011, University of California, Berkeley, Alumni House 2-5pm 1 Alumni House Berkeley, CA. 94720

Hosted by the Department of English, University of California, Berkeley

American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation


Congratulations to Sasha Pimentel Chacón, author of Insides She Swallowed(West End Press), and Karen Tei Yamashita, author of I Hotel (Coffee House Books), whose books have both been awarded the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. The American Book Awards, established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation, recognize outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process. The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term “multicultural” to be not a description of various categories, groups, or “special interests,” but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers.