JENALYN, Self’s First Novella, Downloadable Now: Only $2.99 per Download!

And here’s the link, dear blog readers!

It’s very experimental storytelling.

And it’s available FREE for a very limited time  (NOT!  You waited too long!  Now you have to pay $2.99!)

If anyone is interested in reviewing Jenalyn or The Lost Language (more about this collection, below), please contact self so that she can send you review copies!

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And here’s something else:  Because The Lost Language, self’s third collection of short stories, was published by a Philippine press, Anvil, it hasn’t been readily available here in the States.  Self has told many people that, if they should chance to be in the Philippines, they should drop by their local National Bookstore or Powerbooks and pick up a copy there.  That, or have a visiting relative bring over a copy.

But self has just discovered that Linda Nietes of Philippine Expressions (L.A.-based long-time purveyor of Filipiniana) gets a monthly shipment of books from the Philippines, so if you want a copy, all you need to do is e-mail her at:

She has a Paypal account.

When self’s first book, Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila, was published, it was Linda Nietes who organized the launch in L.A.  And she has done the same for untold numbers of Filipino and Filipino American writers.  Really, self cannot thank her enough!

Stay tuned.

Fergie’s Pub (Philadelphia) Hosts BlazeVox Publisher and Authors

Come to Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia), Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 to hear six BlazeVox authors:

  • Geoffrey Gatza is the editor and publisher of the small press BlazeVox.  His many books of poetry include House of Forgetting, Secrets of My Prison House, Kenmore:  Poem Unlimited, Not So Fast Robespierre, and HouseCat Kung Fu:  Strange Poems for Wild Children.
  • Robin F. Brox is a poet, book artist, and teacher who lives in Buffalo, NY.  The founder of SauceBox, a performance series turned small press, she produces handmade books and hosts poetry readings featuring women writers.
  • Travis Cebula lives in Golden, Colorado.  He holds an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University.
  • Beth Copeland lived in Japan, India, and North Carolina as a child.  Her book, Traveling Through Glass, won the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award.
  • Nava Fader received her Masters degree in Poetics from the University at Buffalo, writing her thesis on the poetry of Adrienne Rich.  She is the author of two chapbooks:  Stonesoup and The Plath Poems.  A school librarian in Buffalo, she is a frequent practitioner of the technique known as “false translation,” including in her 2009 BlazeVox collection, All the Jawing Jackdaw.
  • Jared Schickling is the author of O, submissions, Zero’s blooming excursion, The Pink, and tu lash your nipples to a post history is gorgeous.  He is an editor at Delete Press, and lives in upstate New York.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

D. A. Powell’s Poem in PHOEBE 41.1 (The “Guts” Issue)

Actually, he has two.  The first is called “All Aboard,” and the second is called “Six Secrets.”

(Self apologizes in advance to dear blog readers:  both pieces are written with very long lines, so that the poems appear sideways, but she can’t figure out how to use landscape format in this post.)

She’s including a picture she took earlier this year, in March, when she was in the Philippines.

Without further ado, here’s the first verse of the first D. A. Powell poem:


Almost anything that can happen can happen on water.  Think how long Odysseus sailed in order to get home.

Or at least remember the number of times you’re told it. How, naturally, you resist the end. The wind

Sunrise, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete

(And why should self put the whole poem here?  She wants dear blog readers to order an issue.)

Self would like to thank Powell for something he said to her many years ago, during a conversation he probably doesn’t even remember.  We had visited Claudia McIsaac’s creative writing class in Santa Clara.  Self read “Ghosts,” a piece she’d just finished writing a few days earlier.  Afterwards, self and Powell had lunch in Higuma in Redwood City.  Powell told her, completely unbidden (Come on, it’s not as if self would ever have had the courage to ask:  “So, umm, what did you think of that piece I just read???”)  “I really liked your piece.”

So self sent it out and sent it out and never stopped sending it out and finally, after two years, it got picked up by Hotel Amerika and was listed as TransGenre, her first TransGenre piece.  Ever.  Drew says he’d like to set it to music someday.

Sister, it was about you.  If only you knew, if only you knew.

Women Writers, Community

Margarita Donnelly at AWP Denver with M. Evelina Galang and Becky, Calyx’s new Senior Editor

Wandering over to the Calyx website this morning, one sees this invitation:


The new issue of Calyx Journal (the Summer 2012 issue) has Read the rest of this entry »

An Invitation from The Asian American Literary Review

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, The Asian American Literary Review is hosting a historic event at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Come listen to seven Asian American Writers responding to the seven Asian American Artists.

About the event:

In 2011 the National Portrait Gallery debuted a historic exhibition:  its first to focus on Asian American artists.  To celebrate this landmark, The Asian American Literary Review put together a unique event:

The Edgar P. Richardson Symposium:  Asian American Portraits of Encounter Between Image and Word

Below is an excerpt from the official announcement:

The Asian American Literary Review (AALR) commissioned seven of today’s most exciting Asian American writers to craft literary responses to seven of the exhibition’s portraits.  We hope you’re as excited as we are about what they’ve come up with!

On Saturday, Apr. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., come and participate in a new and unique experience when the writers present their original work and discuss, in conversation format, their work and the intersections of Asian American arts and communities.

The Edgar P. Richardson Symposium:  Asian American Portraits of Encounter Between Image and Word is a day-long literary event hosted by The Asian American Literary Review in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.

The featured artists:

  • CYJO
  • Hong Chun Zhang
  • Hye Yeon Nam
  • Shizu Saldamando
  • Roger Shimomura
  • Satomi Shirai
  • Tam Tran

The featured writers:

  • Kazim Ali
  • Garrett Hongo
  • David Henry Hwang
  • Marie Myung-Ok Lee
  • Bao Phi
  • Anna Kazumi Stahl
  • Marianne Villanueva

This event is free and open to the public.  Come for all of the conversations or for any portion!  Spread the word!

Stay tuned.

The 99 % Speak Up in San Mateo

Make Wall Street Pay

Jobs not Cuts

Friday in San Mateo

Host:  Cilla R., MoveOn member

Where:  Bridge at Alameda de las Pulgas and Highway 92 (in San Mateo)

When:   Friday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m.

Can you come?

What:  The media is finally starting to pay attention to the tens of thousands of people demanding Wall Street pay to create jobs, not cuts.  This is our chance to push for policies that work for the 99% of us who can’t afford lobbyists.  Whether protesting banks not paying their fair share, rallying for jobs, or standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, we’ll amplify our message for politicians:  jobs now —  make Wall Street pay!

Stephen Cole’s Class on Environmental History/ Environmental Justice

Here’s a sampling of guest speakers for Prof. Stephen Cole’s class on “Environmental History/Environmental Justice.”  The class, a community-based learning/research course, was developed with the assistance of the Dorothy Stang Center at Notre Dame de Namur University.

The classes are held 2 – 3:15 in Saint Mary’s, Rm. 207, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA.

All are welcome.

  • Feb. 16, Wednesday: Lauren Ornelas of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
  • Feb. 28, Monday: Gary Latshaw of The Climate Project
  • Mar. 16, Wednesday: Stephen Knight, Political Director of Save the Bay
  • Mar. 23, Wednesday: Jeff Russell of the National Resources Defense Council
  • Apr. 13, Wednesday:  Jennifer Gross, Get Healthy San Mateo County Task Force

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Because Self Truly Believes in This Program

You! All Kababayan Program students — past, present, and future, faculty, staff, community members, and supporters.

A semi-formal ball and fundraiser for the Kababayan Program at Skyline College

Janet Pomeroy Center
207 Skyline Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94132

Saturday, February 28, 2009
6 – 11 pm

To raise funds for scholarships and support ongoing and future programs and events. More importantly, to celebrate 5 years of the growth, development, and success of the Kababayan Program.

Marisa Mariano or Alex Deguzman


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