The third and final installment of my novella about young Filipinos falling in love in New Zealand, "Leaving Auckland", is finally up on failbetter. I'm particularly proud of this story, and I'm happy that all of it is finally online. In this installment, Paolo contemplates the future while looking back on his past, and wonders where home truly is. Parts 1 and 2 are still available on failbetter's landing page, with Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. Thanks again to failbetter for giving it a good home, and for being so great to work with!
I'm pleased to share that the second installment of my novella, "Leaving Auckland", is up on failbetter. In this installment, two young Filipinos, Paolo and Maya, agree to meet in Wellington, and Paolo's past with a former flame begins to interfere with the life he wants to build with Maya. If you've enjoyed reading this novella thus far, watch out for the third and final installment which will be released on June 28! In the meantime, you can read the first installment here and the second installment here.
I am the new Branches nonfiction editor of Rambutan Literary, an online and digital literary journal of the global Southeast Asian community. The journal has two sections: ROOTS, focused primarily on mainland and maritime Southeast Asia, and BRANCHES, focused primarily on the Southeast Asian diaspora. Since I'm the nonfiction editor of the BRANCHES section, I will be reading nonfiction from the Southeast Asian diaspora, so if that is you, I would love to read your very best work! We accept nonfiction of up to 2,000 words and pay a small honorarium. The next deadline is June 23.
"Stopover", a story about two Filipinas confronting a dying friendship (and the disappointments of the American Dream) in Austin, Texas, has been given a new life in Hypertrophic Press, after being previously published in Five Quarterly back in 2013. Although you can read the story for free, and read the entire issue for free as well, I recommend buying a print issue of the magazine to support this amazing small press that continues to support some great writers. Besides, the artwork and graphic design is astounding! I'm particularly proud of this piece since it was featured in Longform Fiction and earned an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open.
Read/buy the entire issue here.
I am thrilled to share that my novella about the Filipino immigrant experience in New Zealand, "Leaving Auckland", is currently being serialized on failbetter.com, with the first of three installments going live today. In this novella, two young Filipino immigrants meet in Auckland, fall in love, and are forced to confront their loneliness as their relationship deepens. This piece was a Top 25 finalist in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open in 2016, and I'm glad it has finally found a good home. Parts two and three are scheduled to go live on June 14 and 28, respectively, so stay tuned for more! In the meantime, you can read Part one here.