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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.

11/06/2014: The Latino Filipino Connection


The Latino-Filipino Connection @ College of San Mateo !

Featuring Florante Aguilar, Chus Alonso, Sage Baggott, and Greg Kehret

Thu Nov 06, 2014

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


CSM Theatre Building 03

1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard

San Mateo, CA 94402 USA

A musical conversation showcasing interconnectedness of Spanish and Philippine music. Four stellar musicians tell the story and transport the audience through a tight repertoire.

FREE Parking - Beethoven 2 and DaVinci lots.

Proudly co-sponsored by: CSM Diversity in Action Group (DIAG); Associated Students College of San Mateo; CSM Filipino Students Association; Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA); Department of Ethnic Studies; CSM Copy & Post

Cost: $5 Suggested donation to benefit the CSM Filipino Students Association


#AllPinayEverything: Aimee Suzara


Next up for Pinay Lit recommendations is Aimee Suzara, author of Souvenir. 

Here are some places to find out more about her work: - Kenji Liu's review of SOUVENIR on Rumpus Review - Carribean Fragoza's review of SOUVENIR on LARB - Lantern Review's process profile for Suzara's poem, "My Mother's Watch"

Aimee Suzara on Filipino American History Month.


#AllPinayEverything: Joi Barrios


Next up for #AllPinayEverything is poet Joi Barrios. This poem, "Botox Day," is really very touching. Lots to think about here, about gender, beauty, and aging. 

"Botox Day?"
(For J.) by Joi Barrios

Tanghaling tapat sa Glorietta.
At ikinukuwento ko sa iyo
Ang aking umaga –
At ang aking unang botox.

Ito ang mga bilin ng doktora:

Una, kailangan ng kilay ng ehersisyo.
Kailangang kumalat ang lason sa noo.
Taas-baba, baba-taas,
Mainam na balaan agad ang kausap.

Ikalawa, huwag hihiga
Sa loob ng apat na oras.
Hindi dapat umabot ang nasabing lason
Sa mata o pisngi.
Baka maplantsa pati ang ngiwi.

Natatawa ka lang sa kuwento kong
Kuwento ng babaeng lampas kuwarenta,
Kuwento ng pangamba sa mga bakas ng pagtanda.

Ano nga bang maisusukli ng binata
Sa kanyang katanghalian?
Isang ngiti,
Bulalas ng pagtangi,
At naglaho sa aking puso,
Bawat gusot, bawat gatla.


"Botox Day?"
(translation by Ninotchka Rosca)

As we have lunch at Glorietta,
I tell you about my botox morning.

My doctor’s orders:

Exercise the eyebrows,
The poison needs to spread.
Up – down, down – up,
If I do not want to seem too strange,
I should warn my friends.

In the next four hours,
Do not lie down.
The aforementioned poison
Should not spread
to the cheeks nor the lips.
One cannot risk a half-shut eye,
Nor a lopsided smile.

You laugh at my stories,
Stories of a woman past forty,
Stories of fear for aging signs.

You listen and smile,
A young man at the noontime of his life,
Blurting words of affection
As magical as botox.

All at once,
The heart
Is wrinkle-free.


#AllPinayEverything: Elieen Tabios


Are you interested in reading Pinay Lit, but you don't know where to start? Here is our first recommendation: the very prolific Eileen R. Tabios. Below are some links to reviews of her works.

Reviews of THE THORN ROSARY by Joi Barrios at, and by Aileen Ibardaloza at

Aileen Ibardaloza reviews THE AWAKENING at OurOwnVoice:


Steven Hom reviews NOTA BENE EISWEIN, SILK EGG and FOOTNOTES TO ALGEBRA at Asian American Literature Fans:

Nicholas Manning reviews THE LIGHT SANG AS IT LEFT YOUR EYES at Cordite:  Fred Muratori also reviews it for American Book Review:

Thomas Fink reviews SILENCES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LOSS at Otoliths:

Anny Ballardini reviews I TAKE THEE, ENGLISH, FOR MY BELOVED at Jacket:


PAWA Pinay Workshop is Full.


Hello all, Barbara Jane Reyes here. I wanted to thank everyone for their interest in our Pinay Lit and Writing Workshop. Your enthusiasm has been overwhelming and wonderful! Today, we have closed enrollment, which we have capped at 20. 

Fear not! We will be offering this workshop again, in the near future, dates TBA. 

While this inaugural class is comprised of all Pinay-identified writers, in the future, we will consider opening up sessions to the broader community.

Please follow us on Facebook, or add our blog to your feed reader for updates.

Maraming salamat po!

Manuel G. Flores Prize Fund Recipients for PAWA Pinay Lit and Writing Workshop


Thank you to all who inquired and expressed interest in the Manuel G. Flores Prize Fund for our PAWA Pinay Lit and Writing Workshop. We are pleased to announce that we have selected Jonathan Grace and Maria Vallarta.

Jonathan Grace  "My name is Jonathan Grace but I am called Orchid. Living in the United States (Berkeley, CA) allows me the freedom to reassign meaning to Filipino words. I identify as 'Bakla' - and this refers not only to my gender presentation but also my positionality in life at this moment. Transforming, shifting of self, and my inward journey to find wholeness so that I may be complete and able to access all the gifts I have to offer to my Kapwa. ... I want to carve out a space for the Bakla in the context of Pinay and Babaylan discussions. I want to remind my kababayans that Bakla were able to achieve the status of Babaylans assigned female at birth."

Maria Vallarta is a writer-activist-scholar from Los Angeles, CA. She is a former editor of Maganda Magazine and a current member of Anakbayan Los Angeles. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She blogs at “Although I will be a Ph.D. student in Ethnic Studies this fall, my research interests revolve around literature, specifically Filipina/American literature. I seek to interrogate Pinay gender and sexuality in the context of literary works, to explore and solidify Pinay feminisms, and meld my research with my own creative writing.”


04/26/2014: PAWA Presents Pin@y Poets' First Books


Please join us as we celebrate the release of three Pin@y poets' first full length poetry collections! The poets will share their work, answer your questions, and sign books!

FREE and open to the public! Refreshments!

Many thanks to Arkipelago Books for handling book sales.

We will be at the Bayanihan Center, 1010 Mission Street @ 6th Street, SF, at noon! Please tell your friends, family, students, colleagues, and everyone. Maraming salamat po!

Please RSVP at our Facebook event page:


Jason Bayani's  Amulet,  Aimee Suzara's  Souvenir,  and Angela Torres's  Blood Orange.

Jason Bayani's Amulet, Aimee Suzara's Souvenir, and Angela Torres's Blood Orange.

02/16/2014: PAWA+TAYO+Maganda


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Please join us for our first event of 2014! 

If everyone had a chance to tell their story, what would happen?

We will be discussing the importance of Fil Am literary publications for our community.


Where: SFPL Main Library | Latino/Hispanic Room A | 100 Larkin Street, SF

When: Sunday February 16, 2014 @ noon

Event is free and open to the public.

Please help spread the word!