I am grateful for this particularly sensitive review from Catherine Robertson, a New Zealand bestselling author whose wit and insight I've always admired. Have a listen here.
I haven't been updating my website lately, and after much procrastinating, I've found that I won't have enough time to dedicate a blog post to every life update I have (I shouldn't be complaining but it can be overwhelming at times, haha). And so without further ado, here is what has happened in my writing life since my last post:
1) Book chapter about Gina Apostol's Gun Dealers' Daughter in the anthology, Closer to Liberation: Pin[a/x]y Activism in Theory and Practice (Cognella, 2023)
I am thrilled to have my article, "The Nation as Fragmented Self in Gina Apostol's Gun Dealers' Daughter" appear in this landmark volume on Filipina/x feminism and activism edited by Amanda Solomon Amorao, DJ Kuttin Kandi, and Jen Soriano. This article is a shortened version of a chapter from the critical component of my PhD thesis. I highly recommend the use of this textbook in Filipino-American, Asian-American, and Women's Studies programs. You may purchase this book here.
2) Review of David E. Yee's Mongolian Horse (Black Lawrence, 2022) in Colorado Review
I purchased David E. Yee's Mongolian Horse on a whim when Black Lawrence Press titles went on sale, and was immediately blown away by Yee's technique and mastery of the short story form. This is a masterful debut that examines Asian-American masculinity and male grief, and I had so much fun writing a review of this book. You can read that here.
3) Guested on Jesil Cajes's Culture Connection radio program in Wellington, New Zealand
I am deeply grateful to Jesil Cajes of Culture Connection for inviting me to talk about my debut story collection, Love & Other Rituals, on her radio program featuring the richness of Wellington's immigrant communities. Being enthusiastically called "the first Kiwi-Filipino fiction writer" on a live radio program took some getting used to, but who knows, maybe we are making history, one story at a time.
4) Virtual Author Talk with Catherine Robertson, hosted by GOOD BOOKS Wellington
I finally have a New Zealand launch for my book, thanks to the generosity of GOOD BOOKS Wellington and my author friend Catherine Robertson, who will be hosting the event. This is a free event and you can watch it from anywhere in the world, but you will have to register on Eventbrite first. This will be on St. Patrick's Day, so come raise a pint for my book! My Kiwi friends can also purchase their copies of my book from GOOD BOOKS, a local independent bookstore that supports small press authors like me.