"The Grief Of Publishing A Book Without The Parent Who Inspired You" In Literary Hub
For Literary Hub, I wrote a short essay about my own sadness over publishing my first book five years after my father's sudden passing. Included in this essay is an unpublished poem he wrote for me when I was a baby, in which he confronts his own mortality while contemplating my sleeping form. I feel like it's an essay we wrote together, which the title of this essay as it appears on Lit Hub somewhat belies. Read the essay here.
"A Shared Stillness" (ColoRado Review, Spring 2021) Named Notable In the Best American Essays 2022
I am honored to share that my essay about learning to tango in Aotearoa New Zealand, and drawing strength and joy from my tango dancing grandparents in the process, was named Notable in the Best American Essays 2022, edited by Alexander Chee. It's my second time to have a notable mention in the Best American Essays after my first mention in 2016, and I'm pleased to see how this anthology continues to support excellence in nonfiction writing with its notable list. I'd like to thank Colorado Review for publishing my essay in its Spring 2021 issue, and for continuing to support my work. You can find the full list here, and my essay here.
"9 Books About the Complexities Of Filipino Family Bonds" for Electric Literature
My debut collection of stories goes on sale today in the US and internationally, and to help mark this special occasion, Electric Literature graciously invited me to create a reading list of my choosing. It being Filipino-American History Month and all, I decided to create a list of novels, story collections, and memoirs which like mine, confront the difficulties and discomforts of Filipino family bonds. This may be comforting or triggering to the Filipinos who go over this list, depending on who you ask, but in any case I had a lot of fun making this list! Read it here.
My favorite interview about my book so far was made possible thanks to Greg Marshall, my Michener Center buddy and author of Leg, forthcoming from Abrams books in 2023. I felt like I was reliving my MFA years with Greg while we corresponded over email about writing my very Filipino book, and also about tango, cooking, inhabiting different languages and cultures in my work, and being influenced by E.M. Forster. It was a joyous conversation and you'll be missing out on so much if you don't read it. Much gratitude to The Hopkins Review for generously publishing it on their website! Read the full interview here.
The first review of my debut story collection, Love and Other Rituals, appears in The Pantograph Punch, an arts and culture magazine publishing out of Aotearoa New Zealand. As a former contributor to The Pantograph Punch (see my essay about Katherine Mansfield from 2020), I am grateful for its continuing endorsement of my work. Below is an excerpt from Frances Revita's lovely engagement:
"If home is where the heart is, then I would like to cut my heart into tiny pieces and disperse them across all the spaces I call home. This is obviously an impractical and fatal solution. In Macansantos’ stories, however, home is a multisensory experience, memories that elicit an aching feeling. A feeling affectionately found in the unwarranted comment of 'You’ve gained weight!' as a greeting, the rekindling of old friendships in a foreign land, and the jumbled scents of 'steamed corn, roasted peanuts, car exhaust and newly washed hair'."
Read the review here and the rest of the issue where it appears, entitled Aroha (meaning "love" in Te Reo Maori), here.