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


To Love as Aswang


Our forthcoming publications for 2015 and 2016 include:

NVM Gonzalez, Kalutang: A Filipino in the World.

Janice Sapigao, Microchips for Millions.

To Love as Aswang

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To Love as Aswang

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The Philippine aswang is a mythic, monstrous creature which has, since colonial times, been associated with female transgression, scapegoating, and social shaming, known in Tagalog as hiya. In the 21st century, and in diaspora, she manages to endure. Barbara Jane Reyes's To Love as Aswang, the poet and a circle of Filipino American women grapple with what it means to live as a Filipina, or Pinay, in a world that has silenced, dehumanized, and broken the Pinay body. These are poems of Pinay tragedy and perseverance, of reappropriating monstrosity and hiya, sung in polyphony and hissed with forked tongues.  

To Love as Aswang is award-winning Pinay poet Barbara Jane Reyes's fourth full-length collection of poetry.

Please see our reading and discussion guide for this book.

ISBN: 978-0-9763316-8-1

LCCN: 2015950661

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