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My Heart Is In Two Countries

Three nights ago, I attended the Is America In The Heart? New Filipinx Literature event at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in NYC. Coming back into this space is always warm and welcoming, as a former intern for this incredible organization that supports emerging and established Asian American writers and literature. Even more so, the line-up for the event featured Luis H. Francia, Joseph O. Legaspi, Gina Apostol, and debut author Elaine Castillo, for the release of her first novel, America is Not the Heart (Viking, 2018) and discussions on Fil-Am literature and diasporic writing.

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AAWW: The State of Filipino-American Literature

From my former (but forever and always) internship at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Regarding the publication of Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine myths retold, and writing about the FilAm experience.

I had the opportunity of meeting Jessica Hagedorn and asking her to (re)sign a copy of her book, Dogeaters. (I bought the book secondhand from a bookstore for a class, when I discovered that it was a signed copy from 2001. She kindly signed it, on another page, on the evening of the event.)