Featuring my poem, "More milk, more milk makes it better."
In DREAM Songs, performed in April as part of the Courtroom Concert series at the Schubert Club, acclaimed composer Reinaldo Moya beautifully set my poem, "Between Chou and the Butterfly," to music, alongside poems by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Wo Chan, and Javier Zamora. Listen to all of the pieces here.
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.
I'm happy to share that Driving without a License has been named a finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye award! The annual award is presented to books "with superior cover artwork."
I'm thrilled to have two new poems, "New Patient Intake Form" and "You lose your keys, too, and," in the gorgeous March/April issue of World Literature Today. The poems appear in the special Philippine-American Lit section of the issue, edited by Joseph O. Legaspi.
Thank you to Jamie Chau for spotlighting Driving without a License in the "Immigration & Literature" feature in The Los Angeles Times High School Insider!
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)
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
I'm awfully late in sharing the news here, but I am happy to share that Driving without a License was reviewed--at the start of National Poetry Month--by Laura Donnelly in Kenyon Review! Read the full review here.
This International Women's Day, treat yourself to some reading recommendations from the New York Public Library! Be sure to check out #155 ;)
I'm absolutely thrilled to share that Driving without a License is a poetry finalist for the 2017 Oklahoma Book Awards! Congratulations to the other finalists! I look forward to the awards ceremony on April 8th.
At the 2017 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in DC, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Javier Zamora, and I chatted with Rachel Zucker about literary activism and our work with Undocupoets for the newest episode of Commonplace: Conversations with Poets.
Be sure to also check out Episode 21: Undocupoets Part 1 with Christopher Soto aka Loma, one of the original members of Undocupoets, .
I'm happy to share that Driving without a License is on the longlist for the 2016 Julie Suk Award for the best book of poetry published by an independent or university press. Congratulations to the other finalists!
Driving without a License Named an "Immigrant Authors Are Making American Literature Great Again: 12 of the Best Books of 2016" title in Vice magazine /
Thank you to Matthew Salesses and Vice for including Driving without a License on this stellar 2016 list of influential books written by immigrant writers!