I am overjoyed to begin 2023 with an interview by the lovely Grace Talusan for The Rumpus about my debut story collection, Love and Other Rituals. We talked about how I depicted the Philippines I know, and not what white supremacy imagines it to be; communicating across cultural differences without compromising one's vision; and utilizing fiction to convey truth in a time of misinformation and historical revisionism in my home country. I cannot thank Grace Talusan enough for generously conducting this conversation, as well as Marisa Siegel and Elizabeth Gonzalez James for facilitating its publication in The Rumpus. Read our conversation here.
In case you're an artists' residency addict like me, or else have been meaning to apply for an artists' residency, I made this list for Electric Literature!
I am beyond honored to have been invited by Jaime Alejandro to appear on his amazing podcast about creatives and the creative process, Arts Calling! In this episode, we talked about my debut story collection, Love and Other Rituals, and my journey towards finding my voice and sense of home across several continents. Jaime is an amazing interviewer and I highly recommend his podcast, Arts Calling, which has a particular interest in featuring artists of color. You can listen to my episode here.
What an honor to see Love and Other Rituals being featured in Alfred A. Yuson's Kripotkin column, which appears every Monday in The Philippine Star's lifestyle section. This appeared in their November 21, 2022 print edition, and those living outside the Philippines can read Sir Krip's stunning review here.
What an honor to have my stories read with such closeness and depth! Read the full review here.
I'm happy to share my ninth published excerpt from my novel, People We Trust, which appears in the latest issue of Action, Spectacle. Reading the excerpt (or any of the nine excerpts already published in literary journals) will show you that this is a novel about the traumas inflicted by the Marcos dictatorship on ordinary people, and how these traumas continued to linger, unaddressed, in Philippine society until the next authoritarian came along. Many thanks to Adam Day for selecting this excerpt for publication! I am honored to share this space with Brandon Taylor, Octavio Quintanilla, and other writers and artists I admire. Read my excerpt here and the rest of the issue here.
To coincide with the publication of my essay, "My Father and W.B. Yeats", in the summer 2022 print issue of The Hopkins Review, a selection of my father's poems in English have been presented as an online feature on THR's website. I owe a debt of gratitude to Dora Malech, EIC of The Hopkins Review, for generously soliciting these poems, and for thoughtfully timing this feature on my father's birthday. It's one of the best gifts he has ever received. Read his selection of poetry here.
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.
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.
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.