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7/10/2013: "Set the Page Afire" Kweli Journal's 2nd Annual Writers’ Conference 2013

Melissa Sipin


Set the Page Afire Writers’ Conference 2013
Wednesday, July 10th

Welcome and On-site Registration

4:00–4:50 pm

Meet and Greet

5:00–5:50 pm


Registration is officially open for Kweli's Second Annual Writers' Conference at Dumbo Sky. Wednesday, July 10th, 4–9PM. Join Malaika Adero, Jeffery Renard Allen, Faith Childs, Cheryl Klein, Nana Brew-Hammond, Toni Margarita Kirkpatrick, Sofia Quintero, Victoria Sanders and others. Music provided by SoNuvo. RSVP today!


Panel 1: Authors
6:00-6:50 pm

Authors—A diverse panel of authors—representing various diasporas—will share
secrets of a successful writing life, having fun with fiction, how they create an
unforgettable character, their best workshop experience, DIY marketing, etc.

Panelists: Jeffery Renard Allen, Author/Holding Pattern, Ramola D, Author/ Temporary Lives, Lyn DiIorio, Author/Outside the Bones, Nana Ekua Brew Hammond, Author/Powder Necklace, Tonya Hegamin, Author/Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story, Toni Margarita Kirkpatrick, Author/The Bolero of Andi Rowe, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Author/8th Grade Superzero, Sofia QuinteroAuthor/Efrain’s Secret, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Author/Esperandote-Vandal Journal, Milton Washington, Author/Slickyboy Kweli Journal

Moderator: Laura Pegram, Author and Editor-in-Chief/Kweli Journal


Panel 2: Editors and Agents
7:00-8:10 pm

Editors and Agents: A stellar panel will share insider tips about the publishing
industry and outline what makes them fall in love with an opening line and what
keeps them turning the pages.

Panelists: Malika Adero/Vice President & Senior Editor/Atria, Bernadette BakerBaughman, Agent/ Victoria Sanders & Associates, Stuart Bernstein, Agent/Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists, Faith Childs, Agent/Faith Childs Literary Agency, Sulay Hernandez, Freelance Editor, Cheryl Klein, Executive Editor/ Arthur A. Levine Books, Monique Patterson, Editor/St. Martin’s Press, Toni Margarita Kirkpatrick, Editor/St. Martin’s Press, Victoria Sanders, Agent/Victoria Sanders & Associates

Moderator: Laura Pegram, Author and Editor-in-Chief/Kweli Journal


One-on-One Pitch Sessions with Editors and Agents: 
7:00-8:00 pm

Participating Editors and Agents: Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Agent/Victoria Sanders & Associates, Faith Childs, Agent/Faith Childs Literary Agency, Cheryl Klein, Executive Editor/Arthur A. Levine Books, Toni Margarita KirkpatrickEditor/St. Martin’s Press, Monique Patterson, Editor/St. Martin’s Press, Victoria Sanders, Agent/Victoria Sanders & Associates

Manuscript Consultations: Editors Pegram and Hernandez

Participating Editors: Sulay Hernandez and Laura Pegram

SoNuvo and Poets: Performance

SoNuvo is a Brooklyn based trio consisting of Marie Martin on vocals and
violin, Seth Johnson on acoustic and electric guitars and Jerome Jennings
on cajón and percussion. Aside from the unusual instrumentation, the group is
unique in its eclectic repertoire including Jazz, Brazilian music, Soul/ R&B,
Chanson and elements of Flamenco.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths (author of “Mule and Pear”), Naomi Extra, Amber Atiya
Stewart and Vincent Toro blend their poetry with SoNuvo melody.




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Registration Fees

Set The Page Afire Writers’ Conference

  • $50 for registrations before July 2
  • $65 for registrations on July 3 through July 8
  • $85 for registrations on July 10th (on-site)
  • Register for the conference here:

Detailed payment options can be found online at Click DONATE


Writers participating in one-on-one sessions with editors and agents are
encouraged to submit 3 pages of manuscript and a synopsis by noon on July 5th.

Send your 3 pages and synopsis to by noon on July 5th.
Writers interested in submitting 10 pages of their manuscript for consultation via
lottery must email materials to by noon on July 5th.


Questions? Please email


Call for Submissions: The Truth We Carry: The Insurgent Narratives Project


For Immediate Release

Contact: Barbra Ramos, AF3IRM Los Angeles   

AF3IRM Begins New Journey with Online Space for Transnational Women and Allies

This past International Working Women’s Day, AF3IRM renewed its commitment to the liberation of women and declared that erasure is not an option. We demanded an end to efforts to erase our collective histories - because we choose to remember and we choose to not forget. We dedicated ourselves to the personal and political acts of writing and speaking on our own histories.

Today, AF3IRM continues this commitment to the struggle with the launch of a new online space for transnational women and allies with The Truth We Carry: The Insurgent Narratives Project. It is a space that seeks to expand and deepen AF3IRM’s comprehensive advocacy and political work. The call for submissions declares that “now is the time to speak our truth – the truth we find behind our own words and in the stories we keep close. It is in the blood coursing through our veins, the bruises that still remain, and the borders cutting across us.” We invite all to read the call for submissions and to submit their articles, essays, stories, and original art to this collection.

AF3IRM members from across the country have already begun to reflect deeply, think critically, and consciously create works to contribute. Works will include stories of witness, essays and opinions on current topics, original art and visuals, and reflections from the Militant Mama’s Corner. The Truth We Carry will also offer up meaningful quotations and the histories of women - from the tales of goddesses and warriors in our largely forgotten past to the lives of revolutionary sheroes.

The Truth We Carry: The Insurgent Narratives Project is a space in which we choose to share our stories, our creative energies, and our inspirations. It takes us back to where we and our demands for social justice, change, and truth all began - with us –with our stories, with our bodies, with our hearts. These are our answers to the gnawing in our hearts and to the questions of why. These are our connections between, around, and through the dots. This is how we see the light through the darkness of oppression and violence. We use these acts of art and memory to be a witness to our past, an agent of our present, and the cadre for our collective future, showing that change is always possible and engaging in acts of conscious and deliberate activism as part of our commitment to the transnational feminist movement and to the liberation of women everywhere.

This is our truth that we carry that keeps us moving forward. We ask you to share the truth that you carry-- join AF3IRM in bearing witness and light. It will nourish us all through the struggle.

The Truth We Carry: The Insurgent Narratives Project can be found


The Truth We Carry: The Insurgent Narratives Project

Call for Submissions

“We are volcanoes.

When we women offer our experience as our truth,

as human truth, all the maps change.

There are new mountains.”

- Ursula K. Le Guin

We are feminists and activists. There are reasons we come back, again and again, to this work – despite long hours, verbal and physical attacks from opposition, systemic inequalities and ongoing struggles.

As feminist activists, we demand change – because we are the keepers of our histories, our shared hopes, our collective strength.  We rise up and speak out because we choose not to forget – to not forget the truth behind our very existence and experience and this world in which we live.

Now is the time we speak our truth – the truth that we find behind our own words and in the stories we keep close. It is in the blood coursing through our veins, the bruises that still remain, and the borders cutting across us.

The Truth We Carry: The Insurgent Narratives Project is an online space created and curated by AF3IRM that seeks to expand the organization’s advocacy and political work. We invite all to submit their articles, essays, stories, and original art to this collection. The project recognizes that “the personal is political” and that is not only the work that we do that is important, but also the reasons behind what we do and why we continue to fight.

We tell our stories to proclaim why we value and carry on our work. We want others to discover how feminism, specifically transnational feminism, can and should be relevant to their lives, regardless of their sex or gender. We bear witness to our own stories, histories, and struggles, as well as seek to share stories of women, heroines, and goddesses that have been forgotten or lost.

These are our stories to tell – we want to bring back together the fragmented histories and narratives of both our shared and disparate existences so that we can grow community and heal from the trauma of abuse, the trauma of discrimination, the trauma of migration, the trauma of separation – all the traumas buried deep in our bodies, our hearts, our families and friends, and our histories.  We share our stories and we ask you to share yours so that together, we can show that change is possible and that our strength has no bounds. This truth we carry will nourish us through the struggle.

The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM), is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism. AF3IRM is committed to militant movement-building from the United States and effects change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building education, advocacy and direct action.

Possible submissions include: personal narrative about how you became and continue to be feminist, especially a transnational feminist; opinion piece about being brown/yellow/black/red and female in the US; or a take on current event or issue on the national/international political scene. Images and artwork, as long as they are the property of the submitter, are also welcome.

Email all submissions to Entries are accepted on a rolling basis with preference given to pieces submitted before the 15th of each month. Written submissions should have a max word count of 700; all artwork should have a minimal resolution of 300 ppi.  All genres are accepted; please specify the genre at time of submission. Please note that preference is given to non-fiction and creative non-fiction because we want to hear your stories and use those stories to empower others. However if you have a different creative idea that fits with the mission, we’d love to hear it. Not all submissions will be selected for publication.

Submission to the blog grants AF3IRM and its entities the rights to publish entries online on the AF3IRM website.  All submissions are subject to review and we may request or make editorial changes with your consent and permission.



7/6/2013: PAWA will be at Beastcrawl, Uptown Oakland!

Melissa Sipin

Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 6:30pm until 7:30pm

Soja Mind Body
368 24th Street
Oakland, California 94612

Readers from the Philippine American Writers and Artists group (PAWA) explore beasts and celebration through poetry and stories. 

More on the event here:

AMY K. BELL writes fiction and poetry. Her chapbook, Book of Sibyl ( explores the history of the ancient prophetesses alongside the role of a woman's political voice. She studies writing at San Francisco State University's MFA program and lives in Oakland. 

PAUL OCAMPO earned a Master of Arts degree in Asian American Studies at UCLA and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. He coedited the anthology Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace with Maxine Hong Kingston.

MARYGRACE BURNS recently graduated from the MFA Poetry Program at Mills College in Oakland, where she negotiated what Disney Princesses, Depression, and Filipino monsters meant to her. With this degree, she hopes to one day fulfill her childhood dream of being The Little Mermaid.

VON TORRES is pursuing his MA in Creative Writing at SF State. He teaches Filipina/o American studies through Pin@y Educational Partnerships. His writing intersects growing up in California’s Central Valley, the immigrant experience, living in the city, and the land before time. Join his thesis writing journey on his blog.


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.


Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol.9



Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol.9

Editors Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan invite you to submit short fiction for consideration for Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 9.

Philippine Speculative Fiction is a yearly anthology series, which collects a wide range of stories that define, explore, and sometimes blur the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things in between. The anthology has been shortlisted for the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, and multiple stories from each volume have been cited in roundups of the year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.

First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials any time.

Submissions must be:
1. speculative fiction—i.e., they must contain strong elements and/or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related ‘nonrealist’ genres and subgenres
2. written in English
3. authored by persons of Philippine ethnicity and/or nationality

Submissions are preferred to be:
1. original and unpublished
2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500
3. written for an adult audience
4. featuring a strong Filipino element (a character, setting, theme, plot, etcetera.)
In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of previously-published work, if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to provide relevant publication information.

Submission details:
1. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story, and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you have received a letter of regret from us. But we don’t mind if you submit to contests.
2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved under the file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to, with the subject line ‘PSF9 submission’.
3. The deadline for submissions is 11 pm, Manila time, October 26, 2013. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.

Editors’ notes:
1. Please don’t forget to indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but this can be discussed upon story acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.
2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s probably not ready to be published.
3. We advise authors to avoid fancy formatting—this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our established house style.

Authors of selected stories will receive Php500 pesos in compensation, as well as digital copies of the book. 

Please help spread the word! Feel free to copy this and paste it anywhere you see fit that happens to be legal. 


Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan, co-editors


Publication: Manila Noir



Launched with the summer ’04 award-winning best-seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the geographical area of the book.

Original stories by Lourd De Veyra, Gina Apostol, Budjette Tan & Kajo Baldisimo, F.H. Batacan, Jose Dalisay Jr., Eric Gamalinda, Jessica Hagedorn, Angelo Lacuesta, R. Zamora Linmark, Rosario Cruz-Lucero, Sabina Murray, Jonas Vitman, Marianne Villanueva, and Lysley Tenorio.

One of the most populous cities in the world, Manila provides the ideal, torrid setting for noir. It’s where the rich rub shoulders with the poor, where five-star hotels coexist with informal settlements, where religious zeal coexists with superstition, where “hospitality” might be another word for prostitution, where politics is often synonymous with celebrity and corruption, where violence is nothing out of the ordinary and pretty much anything can be had for a price.

From the Introduction by Jessica Hagedorn:

“Manila is not for the faint of heart. Built on water and reclaimed land, it’s an intense, congested, teeming megalopolis, the vital core of an urban network of sixteen cities and one municipality collectively known as Metro Manila. Population: over ten million and growing by the minute. Climate: tropical. Which means hot, humid, prone to torrential monsoon rains of biblical proportions.

I think of Manila as the ultimate femme fatale. Complicated and mysterious, with a tainted, painful past. She’s been invaded, plundered, raped, and pillaged, colonized for four hundred years by Spain and fifty years by the US, bombed and pretty much decimated by Japanese and American forces during an epic, month-long battle in 1945.

Yet somehow, and with no thanks to the corrupt politicians, the crime syndicates, and the indifferent rich who rule the roost, Manila bounces back. The people’s ability to endure, adapt, and forgive never ceases to amaze, whether it’s about rebuilding from the latest round of catastrophic flooding, or rebuilding from the ashes of a horrific world war, or the ashes of the brutal, twenty-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos . . .

Many years have passed since the end of the Marcos dictatorship. People are free to write and say what they want, yet nothing is different. The poor are still poor, the rich are still rich, and overseas workers toil in faraway places like Saudi Arabia, Israel, Germany, and Finland. Glaring inequities are a source of dark humor to many Filipinos, but really just another day in the life . . .

Writers from the Americas and Europe are known for a certain style of noir fiction, but the rest of the world approaches the crime story from a culturally unique perspective. In Manila Noir we find that the genre is flexible enough to incorporate flamboyant emotion and the supernatural, along with the usual elements noir fans have come to expect: moody atmospherics, terse dialogue, sudden violence, mordant humor, a fatalist vision.”

To listen to a radio interview with editor Jessica Hagedorn on The Blood-Jet Writing Hour, please click here.


Publication: Where Are You From?: An Anthology of Asian American Writing (Volume 1)


where are you from

where are you from

What does it mean to be an Asian American in the twenty-first century? In mainstream America, cliched stereotypes about Asian people as model minorities, asexual techno-geeks, hypersexual dragon ladies, perpetual foreigners, or Yellow Peril "threats" continue to persist -- though they are frequently concealed behind politically correct slogans like colorblindness and diversity. Where Are You From?: An Anthology of Asian American Writing challenges these viewpoints. The writings and art in this anthology envision Asian American identity, culture, and politics on our own terms, through our own experiences and unique perspectives. Incorporating a diverse range of personal essays, stories, critical articles, poems, art, and other work, this anthology seeks to express the truth of our lived realities and to give voice to an Asian America that is frequently marginalized by society. The very title of our book -- Where Are You From? -- questions the common prejudice often expressed by the majority culture that Asian Americans are alien or foreign to the USA. In the words of Lawson Inada, we want to tell people where we come from -- where we're really from. Other contributors include Professor Darrell Y. Hamamoto, Andrew Lam, Lee Tonouchi, Matthew Salesses, Curtis Choy, Polo Catalani, Tony Robles, Dmae Roberts, Valerie Katagiri, Sapna Cheryan, Roberta May Wong, Beth Kaufka, Marivi Soliven Blanco, Robert Francis Flor, Michael Lai, Min K Kang, Byron Wong, Zach Katagiri, Larry Yu, Sonia Sarkar, Simon Tam, Ben Efsanem, Koh Mo Il, Victoria Yee, Diem Tran, Luan Nguyen, Souttalith Vongsamphanhn, Bikash Khada, Mary Niang, Ngoc Minh Tran.

Call for Submissions: Sequel to 7 Card Stud with 7 Manangs Wild



Dear Friends and Family: We are happy to announce that the sequel to 7 Card Stud with 7 Manangs Wild is in progress. While we already have a few submissions, we would like to solicit your help with broadening the range of stories for this project. We would appreciate encouraging your students to submit their stories for consideration.

We recognize that Filipinos living in the United States have a vast array of experiences. Our families are comprised of single parents, gay/lesbian or bisexual and transgender; blended families with partners who are not of Filipino heritage; divorced or never married with no children, family members who are T nT (tago ng tago) - undocumented, and families caring for elder parents and/or children with physical or mental challenges. Our experiences encompass all of life's rewards and challenges, good fortune and bad luck, happiness, sorrow, pain and suffering. With your help soliciting stories, the sequel can reflect a broad spectrum of life.

Guidelines: * Short stories must reflect aspect of your life experience in the United States * Short stories should be between 1,000-1,500 word count * Short stories have to be writer’s own personal experience * Writers must have Filipino ancestry, including blended backgrounds, 2nd-5th generation Filipino American, as well as Philippine-born and with the majority of your life in the United States * No plagiarism * No profanity * No horror or graphic or gratuitous violence * No disrespect towards any race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation

Deadline: 12midnight, February 15, 2013. Stories must be received by the deadline.

How to Submit Your Short Story: Email stories as a PDF attachment to ""

Subject line "7 Card Stud with 7 Manangs Wild"

Review and Selection Process

All stories will be reviewed by the editorial board. Writers will be notified via email about the status of their stories.

Final selection for the sequel will be based on the overall submissions, as well as each story’s content, resounding theme, uniqueness.

If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to Vangie Canonizado Buell,, or Jeanette Gandionco Lazam,

Sincerely, Submissions and Editorial Board Evangeline Canonizado Buell Jeanette Gandionco Lazam Eleanor Hipol Luis Evelyn Luluquisen Anthony Robles

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