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    Jen Palmares Meadows is a Filipina American writer from the Sacramento, California area. This blog discusses writing, reading, and all that inspires the pen.

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Kare Kare: An Annotated Recipe in Los Angeles Review

My latest essay, “Kare Kare: An Annotated Recipe” is up at Los Angeles Review. Kare kare is my favorite Filipino dish of peanut butter oxtail stew served over rice. My Lola made the best kare kare, and I’ve had no better since her passing. I started writing this essay in 2008 at CSU Summer Arts, Fresno, … Continue reading

Pretty Potion in Hobart Pulp

Recently, my annotated recipe, “Pretty Potion,” was published at Hobart Pulp. The essay explores magic, beauty, and my tweenage fascination with Saved By The Bell’s bombshell, Kelly KaPOWski. I was first introduced to the annotated recipe in 2008, during a workshop with Steven Church at CSU Summer Arts Fresno, and since then, have always had a fondness … Continue reading

Now Hear This Sacramento Performance

I’m ecstatic to share that my essay, “Sunday, Again” which was first published in The Nervous Breakdown, will be performed in Sacramento! Check out the press release and I hope to see you there! So much gratitude to Atim Udoffia and this unbelievable collaboration for putting together the series. I feel honored to be a part of it. NOW … Continue reading

Otolith in Fourth Genre

My fish essay, “Otolith,” is in the Spring 2017 issue of Fourth Genre. This essay took me more than a year to complete, and in my opinion, is probably the best writing I’ve ever done. I’m thrilled it found a home at Fourth Genre, which publishes notable, innovative work in nonfiction. I must express my … Continue reading

We Be Bleeding At The Rumpus

My essay, “We Be Bleeding” is now up at The Rumpus. So much thanks to Sunday Essays editor, Toni Nealie, for taking on this work, and to artist, Kaye McGarva, for sharing her paintings. A lot of different works inspired this particular piece, but especially Pause, by Mary Ruefle and Bluets, by Maggie Nelson.  

Ephphetha At JuxtaProse

You can now read my micro-essay Ephphetha at JuxtaProse Magazine. This particular essay describes the various ways mothers attempt to protect their children. I wrote it shortly after having given birth to my third child. This essay is very dear to me, and I’m incredibly happy that it found a home at JuxtaProse. I also … Continue reading

Sunday, Again at The Nervous Breakdown

I am beyond thrilled to share my newest essay, Sunday, Again now up at The Nervous Breakdown. The essay features fantastic artwork from the super-talented, Trinidad Escobar. Her art will amaze you and her graphic memoir, Crush, is coming out in 2017, so check it out. I started writing this essay in 2012, and it … Continue reading

A Moveable Feast #PorteOuverte at Assay

In my latest, “A Moveable Feast #PorteOuverte,” published at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, I review Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. Following the #ParisAttacks, I thought it timely to reread Hemingway’s memoir, set in 1920s Paris. I was not alone in this sentiment, and in fact, was delighted to learn that A Moveable Feast, … Continue reading

NonfictioNOW Coverage

At last, I have decompressed after my amazing time at NonfictioNow! For those who don’t know what NonfictioNow is, a little information: The NonfictioNOW Conference is a regular gathering of over 400 nonfiction writers, teachers, and students from around the world in an effort to explore the past, present, and future of nonfiction. It took … Continue reading

FilBookFest: On The Body Pinay Panel

Please join me at the Filipino American International Book Festival at the San Francisco Public Library Main, this October 4th at 1:45PM. I’ll be reading on the Pinay panel “On The Body” with Arlene Biala, Jay Santa Cruz and Janice Sapigao. So much thanks to Barbara Jane Reyes for organizing and moderating this panel! #allpinayeverything … Continue reading

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