I am thrilled that my short story, "Visitors", is in the latest issue of The Hopkins Review! This is my first published story after the release of my debut story collection, Love and Other Rituals, and I couldn't have been happier since it means that there will be more books and stories to be written. It's also my second short story set in Texas and my first story set in Houston, and it was a leap of faith for me to write during the pandemic, during which I found myself stranded in my family's ancestral home in the Philippines. "Visitors" is the story of a difficult and combative Filipina named Dina who entertains a series of interesting visitors during the span of a single week, including a wealthy Vietnamese refugee, a young Filipino tourist, and her own mother who's addicted to designer handbags. Physical copies are on their way to subscribers and are available from select bookshops, and can also be accessed from university libraries through Project Muse.
I am so proud of my mama, who won a National Book Award in the Philippines for her essay collection, Departures, published by the University of the Philippines Press in 2021. Published in her sixties, this is her first book that brings together a lifetime of stories about her family's roots in the Ilocos, growing up during the Marcos dictatorship, meeting my father, and living in America as a graduate student, among other topics. You can buy her book from Lazada! Congratulations to other winners of this year's National Book Award--here is the full list of winners.