Here are some Filipino and Filipino American authors who will be reading at the HOT OFF THE PRESS Literary Readings at the Fifth Filipino American International Book Festival in San Francisco, October 12 and 13, 2019:
Ivy Alvarez, author of Diaspora Volume L (Paloma Press, 2019
Ivy Alvarez is the author of verse novel Disturbance (Wales: Seren, 2013).
A MacDowell Colony, and Hawthornden Fellow, thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize, both Literature Wales and the Australia Council for the Arts awarded her grants towards the writing of Disturbance. Widely-published and anthologised, her poetry also appears on a mobile app The Disappearing, in Takahē, The Age / Sydney Morning Herald, and Best Australian Poems (2009, 2013), with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Her poetry collections include Mortal, Hollywood Starlet and The Everyday English Dictionary. Her latest, Diaspora: Volume L, is available from Paloma Press.
Walter Ang, author of Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History
Walter Ang is the author of “Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History.” He currently covers Filipino American theater for news site Inquirer.net and was a contributing writer for the Theater Volume for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Philippine Art recently published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Before moving to the US, he covered the Manila theater industry for the newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer. Ang was a juror for the Philstage organization’s Gawad Buhay theater awards from 2008 to 2009. He was a Fellow at the 2009 University of Santo Tomas Varsitarian‑J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop on Arts and Humanities Criticism Writing. Visit WordsOfWalter.blogspot.com
Walter Ang’s Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History
follows the events, groups, and individuals that have comprised Filipino American theater from 1898 to 2016. Milestones and highlights include performers of the 1900s and 1910s, immigrant community productions of the 1920s and 1930s, all the way to the Broadway performers of the 1950s.
Research and interviews follow the the artists who were part of the seminal Filipino American theater groups and pioneering Asian American theater companies of the 1960s and 1970s. The book continues with the establishing of Filipino American theater companies in the 1980s and 1990s, such as Ma-Yi Theater in New York, CIRCA-Pintig in Chicago, and Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco. It also includes information on Obie Award and Tony Award winners, as well as the emerging groups and leaders of the 2000s and 2010s.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author of Please, San Antonio! & Melisande in Paris (PALH 2018); When the Rainbow Goddess Wept (Philippine Edition University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 2019)
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard draws inspiration from her birth city of Cebu, Philippines. Her three novels and numerous stories are often set in her mythical Ubec (Cebu backwards). Her first novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, in print for 28 years has been recently reissued in the Philippines by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. Her official website is ceciliabrainard.com.
When the Rainbow Goddess Wept (USTPH 2019) is a coming of age story of a young girl in the Philippines during World War Two. It is published in the US by the University of Michigan Press and in the Philippines by the UST Publishing House.
Please, San Antonio! & Melisande in Paris (PALH 2018) collects two novellas by Eve La Salle Caram and Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Cecilia’s story in this collection focuses on the backstory in Paris of French character who appears in her third novel, The Newspaper Widow.
Melinda Luisa de Jesus, author of Peminology (Paloma Press, 2019)
Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Filipinx/American cultural production, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States. She edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American Feminisms (Routledge 2005). Her writing has appeared in Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices; Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art; Approaches to Teaching Multicultural Comics; Ethnic Literary Traditions in Children’s Literature; Challenging Homophobia; Radical Teacher; The Lion and the Unicorn; Ano Ba Magazine; Rigorous; Konch Magazine; Rabbit and Rose; MELUS; Meridians; The Journal of Asian American Studies, and Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth-Century American Girls’ Cultures. She is also a poet and her chapbooks, Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems, Petty Poetry for SCROTUS Girls’ with poems for Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama, Defying Trumplandia, Adios Trumplandia, James Brown’s Wig and Other Poems, and Vagenda of Manicide and Other Poems were published by Locofo Chaps/Moria Poetry in 2017. Her first collection of poetry, peminology, was recently published by Paloma Press (March 2018). She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty. More info: http://peminist.com
Betty Ann Quirino, author of Instant Filipino Recipes Cookbook; My Mother’s Traditional Food in a Multicooker Pot (Amazon.com, 2018)
Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino, is an award-winning international journalist and author of her most recent cookbook “Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Food in a Multicooker Pot”. Other cookbooks she has written are: “My Mother’s Philippine Recipes” and “How To Cook Philippine Desserts, Cakes and Snacks”. Betty Ann, as she is fondly called, was born in the Philippines and raised in Tarlac province where her way of life was molded early on by her parents’ farming and agricultural business. From the time she was a little girl, Betty Ann learned how to cook traditional Philippine dishes from her mother and has transformed these culinary skills to modern day Filipino cooking in her American kitchen. Based in New Jersey, Betty Ann is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP-New York); the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance; the Association of Culinary Historians of the Philippines, and blogs about Filipino home cooking on her site AsianInAmericaMag.com.
Leny Strobel. author of Glimpses (Paloma Press, 2019)
Leny Mendoza Strobel is Professor Emeritus of American Multicultural Studies at Sonoma State University. She is also one of the Founding Directors of the Center for Babaylan Studies. Her books, journal articles, online media presence reflect her decades-long study and reflections on the process of decolonization and healing of colonial trauma through the lens of indigenous perspectives. She is a grandmother to Noah and she tends a garden and chickens with Cal in Northern California. More information is available at https://www.lenystrobel.com/.
Stay tuned for more announcements re the HOTP literary Readings at the Filipino American International Book Festival this October.
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