I’ve finished designing and binding my self-published chapbook “Annotated Pai Gow Poker“. While it was a lot of fun putting it all together, I learned a lot about how not to bind a chapbook. However, I am very happy with the end result. The chapbook includes “Annotated Pai Gow Poker”, previously published in Denver Quarterly, … Read more
In the past, I have only ever submitted to small or fledgling presses, so when I recently submitted my pai gow poker piece to Conjunctions, rejection was expected, even welcomed. Just as I knew: 1 + 1 = 2 and 1 + 2 = 3 it was always a mathematical certainty that: Me + Submitting … Read more
Thanks so much to everyone who attended the Calaveras Station reading at Sacramento Poetry Center! Thanks especially to host, Trina Drotar, as well as the contributors who read with me: Jim Benton, Genelle Chaconas, Shadi Gex, Marcelo Hernandez, Peggy Kincaid, Lee Lee, Joe Montalbo and Jordan Okumura. Having gotten lost on the way to the … Read more
It’s done. I finally finished the final draft of my pai gow poker piece, and despite the unlikelihood of acceptance, I submitted it to Conjunctions, a literary journal well known for its experimental work. Never in my life has licking the envelope ever met with such inevitability before–not even when I sent out wedding invitations. … Read more
My artist Statement. My writing. My inspiration. How and why I write what I write. Good idea? Bad idea? Idea. Lately, I’ve been thinking about applying to fellowships and writer retreats–a few weeks of free time away from home to do nothing but write would be amazing. Applications vary for each fellowship, but most require … Read more
Today, I was thrilled to receive my contributor copies of “Walang Hiya…Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice.” I had to stop myself from licking the cover, it just looked so delicious to me. Thanks to Lolan Buhain Sevilla and Roseli Ilano for including my short story, “Unripe Bananas” in this wonderful project and providing me … Read more
You remember those fundraising Jog-A-Thons your elementary school hosted when you were a kid? How you went around knocking on neighbors doors asking for sponsors to pledge five dollars for the event, or if they really wanted to motivate you, a quarter for every lap you ran? Remember how on the day of the Jog-A-Thon, … Read more
The second post to my blog, ‘The Writer’s Thumb’ is up and ready to devour. Check it out at Tayo Literary Magazine, and while you’re there, you can enjoy writing and art, from emerging Filipino American writers and artists.
Last night, I attended the first meeting of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Northern California Chapter…It forced me to decide yet again, what I want and what I don’t want. For now, I want to focus on my creative writing and on the business of creative writing, ie: art work.
Our writers’ group meets weekly. For now, we’re a cozy group of three: Marie Hoffman, Bridget Mabunga and myself. We’ve workshopped together before and traveled to CSU Summer Arts in Fresno back in 2008. We’re such different writers, but I appreciate and respect their insight and commentary into my writing. We’ve already workshopped my pai … Read more