My Review of Jose Antonio Vargas's Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Janine Joseph

My review of Jose Antonio Vargas's riveting memoir Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen is now up at THE ATLANTIC!


Featured in “The Newest Wave of Asian-American Writers You Should Know

Featured in “The Newest Wave of Asian-American Writers You Should Know

Happy 15th birthday, Kundiman! Thank you to Sarah Gambito & Joseph O. Legaspi for dreaming up this space, and to Tamiko Beyer for including me on this LitHub list of 15 Kundiman writers "whose work—on and off the page—celebrate and foster community and family."

Winner of the 2018 da Vinci Eye Award by Janine Joseph

I'm thrilled to share that, for its "superior book cover artwork," Driving without a License is the recipient of a 2018 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award! The cover features "Day 56" from Michelle Blade's "366 Days of the Apocalypse" series and the cover is designed by Dede Cummings. I especially want to thank my press, Alice James Books, for letting its authors be a part of the publishing process! Click here for more information about the award and to see the full list of winners.

Convocation Speaker at Pellissippi State Community College by Janine Joseph

Here a few snapshots from my visit to Pellissippi State Community College, where I delivered a Convocation address on their Common Academic Experience theme for the year, Inner Space | Outer Space. I was fortunate enough to share this day--the very day the current administration announced the repeal of DACA--with the most brilliant and kind Carlos G., who introduced me and shared his own similar experiences. While there, I got to meet with students, faculty, and staff to talk in depth about poetry and immigration. When I left, my suitcase was full of the various snacks they bought to sweeten my welcome. (Everyone in the Clayton Performing Arts Center got to hear me exclaim, loudly, "Otap!" 😁) Thank you, PSCC, and everyone who worked to bring us all together. (center photo of me by Pellissippi State Community College)

A Special NYC Mother's Day Performance of From My Mother's Mother by Janine Joseph

Image © Pattima Singhalaka/Houston Grand Opera

Image © Pattima Singhalaka/Houston Grand Opera

I'm thrilled to share that there will be a special performance of From My Mother's Mother at Flushing Town Hall on Mother's Day (5/13)! The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

Description: A hot bowl of seaweed soup—also known as birthday soup—is traditionally prepared for new Korean mothers for twenty-one days to aid in their recovery. From My Mother's Mother follows the passing down and rejection of this tradition through four generations of Korean-American women. Composed by Jeeyoung Kim. Libretto by Janine Joseph.

Tickets: $10/FREE for Members, Students & Mothers

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