Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Busy/People Working

It’s been weeks since self has been able to participate in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

This week is: Show people BUSY or WORKING.


The Octopus Literary Salon is held in — where else? — the Octopus, a coffee bar in downtown Oakland. This particular reading was in February 2018. The organizer of the series is the fabulous Raina Leon (standing at the mic).

And here’s a picture from the most recent AWP Bookfair, which was held early March in Tampa, FL. It is a huge event, probably one of the biggest Bookfairs in the country.  Self has to try so hard to rein in her bookbuying instincts. It’s easy to return from there with a whole suitcase of books!


Annual AWP Bookfair, Tampa, FL: 9 March 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.




Alphabet 2: 2016 WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge # 3

This week, let the alphabet be your inspiration: find a string of letters.

The Daily Post

Self was inspired by this WordPress blog today:  Love in the Spaces

Below, more from self’s archive of recent pictures.


Presentation on Manilatown, yesterday at the Listening to the Silence conference at Stanford University


Graffiti, New York’s Chelsea district

Finally, blurred photo (Self was on Sixth Avenue). Last December was her first winter in New York City in forever.


Wintry in Manhattan: The partially obscured sign says RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

FREE WomenArts Webinair: “Creating a Culture of Possibility”

“Creating a Culture of Possibility” is a free webinar taught by visionary arts activist Arlene Goldbard.

When:  Tuesday, 3 December 2013, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST

Register soon:  Attendance is limited to 20 people.

About the webinar:  Many women artists are interested in working on social justice issues.  We understand the power of the arts, but it can be so frustrating to get other activists to see it!  Arlene Goldbard’s workshop is designed to help women artists bridge this gap.  It will give you new ways to think and talk about your work that can help you forge partnerships with other activists.  Here is the link to the registration page.

More about Arlene Goldbard:  She is a writer who has distilled deep thinking about arts and social change into two beautiful books:  The Wave and The Culture of Possibility:  Art, Artists and the Future.

Inspired, Today, Last Friday of October 2010

Self just returned from the library.  She decided to check out a book by Orlando Figes called Natasha’s Dance:  A Cultural History of Russia.  OMG, it weighs a ton, and is nearly 700 pages long!  She decides to bring it to Manila.  It will nicely fill up her suitcase and will balance out all those boxes of See’s chocolates she is bringing home for family and friends.

Self mailing out a couple of things today.  She is inspired!  These things tend to go in cycles:  there are months when she can’t be bothered, and then there are days like today when she seems to want to plaster her words all over the universe.  Whether or not anything will stick …

Wasn’t last night’s Giants game fun?

This morning, looking at her new messages, she finds information on an exceedingly interesting event at Stanford.  Here are particulars:

The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University announces

The Stanford Food Summit

WHEN:    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arrillaga Alumni Center

Description:   An unprecedented gathering of Stanford experts on food-related issues from across all of the University’s seven schools will provide a catalyst for generating solutions to some of the nation’s and the planet’s most challenging and important crises, including:

  • the national health crisis
  • the climate crisis
  • outdated national food policies
  • the hidden toll of industrial food production

and much more

Click for more information.

Stay tuned!

The Places You Dream About

The next six weeks are going to flatten self.

First of all, she doesn’t know how this happened, but she is teaching, a lot.

Then, she is going to the Philippines to attend the Philippine PEN Conference in Cebu.

Then she will go to Bacolod and hire a driver to take her the length and breadth of Negros. She wants to go back to the Negros Museum and the Lizares House in Talisay. She wants to re-visit Silay. And she will try very hard not to eat.

Then, here’s the big leap: she will go to Cagayan de Oro to meet the people who publish the late Fr. Bernad’s baby, Kinaadman Journal.

She is in touch with the woman who edits the journal, and when self first broached the subject of going to Cagayan de Oro, this kind woman was enthusiastic and asked self if she wanted a “quiet” hotel, or one near Xavier University. This is certainly a no-brainer: Self indicated she wanted to stay near the university. The woman e-mailed self that there was a street called Divisoria with a night market called “Okey-okey,” where people buy second-hand goods “from abroad” at very low prices. OH, SUPER! Self wants to see this night market!

“It’s a little noisy,” the woman cautioned.

That’s OK. Has anyone ever heard self on a tear? She herself is extremely noisy. In fact, once she gets going, she can never shut her mouth. Just ask hubby.

“And,” the woman e-mailed back, “if you are interested, we also have great white water rafting.”

Seriously? Self is there. She is soooo there.

P.S. Giants won yesterday: isn’t that something? Now they lead the series. There is the unlikeliest of heroes: Cody Ross. Whatever zone he’s in, his bat just seems to magically connect with whatever pitch the Phillies throw at him.

Stay tuned.

Oh, the Best Laid Plans

Hubby informs self that he thinks she should bring her laptop along with her to Association for Asian Studies Conference in Chicago.

Why, self asks. She always ends up blogging into the wee hours, and then she walks around the whole day with the most tremendous, punishing eyebags.

“You might forget something you want to say,” hubby points out.

Yeah, like if self watches “The Tempest” at The Steppenwolf, and ends up in raptures afterwards. Nothing beats on-the-spot blogging, when she is still in the grip of rapture.

Aaargh, aaargh, aaargh! Self can’t think!

Self Has a Whole Passel of Movies She Wants to See

. . .  if possible before leaving for Chicago, to be on a panel for the Association of Asian Studies Conference, on Friday.  (What?  Another trip?  Hubby can’t believe how much in demand self is lately!  Who knew?  But how can self resist?  Panel organizer was Teri Yamada, who edited Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia.  Teri was the first to publish self’s story, “Mayor of the Roses” for which she earned self’s eternal gratitude.  A few years after the anthology appeared, we met again, in Berlin.  But, I digress)

Tomorrow or the day after, self hopes she can watch “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” one more time before returning it to Netflix.

She has carefully hoarded loose dollar bills and shifted around schedules so that she has tomorrow free and, with any luck, money left over —  after paying for essential groceries and mailing out a few pieces  —  to either:

  1. scoot down to Palo Alto to watch Amy Adams and Emily Blunt in “Sunshine Cleaning” (showing at Palo Alto Square, off Page Mill)
  2. head to downtown RWC Century 20 to watch Wes Craven’s “The Last House on the Left” —  Self knows that if she watches this one, she runs the risk of staying up late, sleepless, images of gore dancing in her head, but anyhoo  (Ooops!  Self just read terrible reviews of “Last House.”  Maybe she’ll substitute “The Class,” showing at the Guild Theatre on El Camino in Menlo Park)
  3. steel herself to watch “The Reader” (showing at downtown RWC Century 20) before it leaves theatres forever —  Subject matter not exactly one self finds particularly appealing, but she wants to see how far La Winslet pushes herself, self knows this actress is absolutely fearless.

As for “Knowing,” self thinks this is one of those popcorn movies best viewed with hubby, so that will have to wait for post-Chicago.

And now, self bids dear blog readers adieu while she goes back to savoring the last few pages of Jim Harrison’s excellent collection, The Summer He Didn’t Die.  Self didn’t think anything could top the elegiac title story, told from the point of view of a lovelorn Native American named Brown Dog, but now she’s on the last story, “Tracking,” and almost every page has language whose effect on self is simply electric.

And, by the way, whoever wrote Harrison’s bio on wikipedia needs to be congratulated.  It is succinct, yet moving (Obviously written by a fan).  Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Conference Announcement

Academic Autobiography, Intellectual History, and Cultural Memory in the 20th Century: *
*An Interdisciplinary Conference*

March 26-28, 2009, University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain)

Plenary Speakers:

Ihab Hassan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Shirley Geok-lin Lim, University of California-Santa Barbara
Nancy K. Miller, City University of New York
Alun Munslow, University of Chichester
Robert A. Rosenstone, California Institute of Technology

Proposals are sought for an Interdisciplinary Conference entitled “Academic Autobiography, Intellectual History, and Cultural Memory in the 20^th Century” to be held at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) on the 26-28 of March, 2009. This conference aims to engage the current paradigms of the debate on autobiographical writing by academics (historians, literary critics, anthropologists, and sociologists, among others) and analyze these in the interdisciplinary context of the consciousness of the ways intellectual history and cultural memory may be developed, articulated, and promoted in the twentieth century. Autobiographies by academics who have played important public roles and whose scholarship have shaped the ways we think about disciplines, society, culture, or politics—such as Nancy K. Miller, Eric Hobsbawm, Clifford Geertz, Leila Ahmed, Edward Said, Jill Ker Conway, Ihab Hassan, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Yi-Fu Tuan, among others—may be explored as new approaches to the discourses of intellectual history and culture in our age. We invite proposals that offer new ways to read these autobiographies and analyze their discursive possibilities in the historical, cultural, and academic contexts in which they were written.

Specific topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • the academic as author/historian;
  • academic life writing as history or cultural discourse;
  • academic autobiography as intellectual history;
  • life writing and the definitions of academic disciplines;
  • the intersection between private and public lives in academic autobiographies;
  • academic autobiography as a literary or historical genre;
  • the ways in which the notion of literary or historical discourse may be rethought in the context of this form of writing;
  • the ways academic autobiographies challenge our notions of historiography or literary analysis.

500-word abstracts and a 1-page CV must be submitted (email submissions preferred) before October 15, 2008 to the Conference Organizers at this address:

Prof. Rocío G. Davis
Modern Languages Department
University of Navarra
Pamplona 31080

Fax: 34-948-425636

Email: acadautobiography@yahoo.com

Self Going to AWP Chicago!

And, as the 2009 AWP takes place in mid-February, it will be cold. And self will freeze her toes off. As she (nearly) did in Seattle last month. Self thinks the word to describe her sensitivity to cold is “lamigin.”

But, anyhoo, being in the presence of the five other lovely ladies who will be on the panel with self will be warmth enough 🙂

And, in addition, self thinks the title of the panel is the most GORGEOUS panel title ever. And it was probably Luisa who thought it up (because Luisa has a brain like a computer: not only does she write poetry, teach, raise children and cook, she also thinks up genius titles for panels. Self’s predilection for multi-tasking is nothing compared to Luisa’s!)

Panel was put together in something like two days, just before the panel proposal deadline. Self had proposed panels twice before (but she had a dearth of ideas: both times she used “Landscape” in the panel titles, and she remembers calling up someone in AWP afterwards, and he told her: “Do you know how many proposals we got with the word ‘Landscape’? Eleven.” And all self could do was go: “Uh, really??? Tee-hee, tee-hee, tee-hee . . . “)

Without further ado, allow self to introduce (drumroll, please) THE PANEL:

    Event Title: “Archipelagos of Dust, Habitations of Language: Reiterating Landscape, History and Origin at the Threshold of a New Century”
    Event Organizer: Luisa Igloria (Creative Writing, ODU)
    Moderator: Grace Talusan (Creative Writing, Tufts)
    Marianne Villanueva
    Reine Marie Melvin
    Luisa Igloria
    Angela Narciso Torres
    Karen Llagas
Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Rite of Summer I: Annual Foothill Writers Conference

The 32nd Annual Foothill Writers Conference takes place next week, Wednesday July 9 to Sunday, July 13, at Foothill Community College, 12345 El Monte Ave., Los Altos Hills, California.

Self is reading on the first day, July 9, at noon, in Rm. 1101 (the Band Room), with Jim Cushing and Carol Lem.

For full schedule, please refer to: http://www.foothill.edu/la/conference/schedule.pdf

To register: http://www.foothill.edu/la/conference/register

Did self ever impart to dear blog readers that the Foothill Annual Writers Conference was the place where she first met Angela Torres? Who subsequently self included in Going Home to a Landscape? And Angela is now wrapping up a residency at Warren Wilson and lives near Chicago. See bright things in the future for this writer!

Anyhoo, here are the list of participating writers:

Kathleen de Azevedo * Dan Ballm * Denny Berthiaume * Andrea Hollander Budy * Christopher Buckley * Alan Cheuse * Dennis Drury * Sharon Doubiago * Geri Digiorno * Uri Hertz * Linda Janakos * Avotcja Jiltonilro * Carol Lem * Ann Marie Macari * Morton Marcus * David Meltzer * Clare Morris * Joanne Palamountain * Sandy Poindexter * Doren Robbins (Conference Director) * Floyd Salas * Dixie Salazar * Greg Sarris * Catherine Seidel * Lawrence R. Smith * John Solt * Gerald Stern * Jon Veinberg * Self (Ha, ha, ha!) * Eugene Warren * Kim Silveira Wolterbeek * Fan Wu * Al Young * Gary Young

All the authors read, and all the authors will sign their books (on sale in front of Appreciation Hall) before and after their readings. Should be a dandy of a conference!

In the meantime Katie Couric, on TV, announces breathtaking report to be delivered on tonight’s news, on “the softest generation”: which apparently refers to current crop of college-age students, who are “dropping out of school in record numbers” and, on top of that, have appalling tendency to “be overweight.” This line followed by camera close-up of female walking down what is (apparently) a high school corridor. That is, close-up of her tummy which — yup, you guessed it — is flopping over the waist of her low-rise jeans. (Katie, will ya shaddup already ???)

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