The 3rd Annual Filipino American Cultural Arts Festival at San Lorenzo Library is today, the first of May 2011. The Library is located at 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo, CA. The event starts at 1:30 pm and is FREE (Of course, since this is a PAWA event, there will be merienda).
Edwin Lozada and Gemma Nemenzo organized the event.
Here are the list of readers:
- Edwin Lozada
- David Maduli
- Elsa Valmidiano
- Joan Iva Cube
David, Elsa and Joan are all published in the new PAWA anthology, Walang Hiya. In addition, there will be musical performances by Carlos Zialcita and Little Brown Brother!
- While self was standing at the back of the room, listening to David Maduli read, the musicians, who were standing next to her, began snapping their fingers and nodding in rhythm to his poetry. “Nothing like a pinoy,” they were saying, or words to that effect)
- Edwin did a grrrreat job reading one of self’s stories from The Lost Language. She told him to choose any story, and he selected “Coconut.” The trouble with self reading her own stories is that she gets self-conscious. And she doesn’t really put herself into it. But Edwin read all the scenes so expressively that self found herself thinking: “Wow, am I just imagining it, or is that possibly a really great story ???”
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Earlier today, self received a message from Charles Tan. Her story, “The Departure,” is now up on the Philippine Genre Stories website. Thanks much, Charles! Check it out here.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.