Writing

Is This Diasporic Pinay Mythopoetics

With the permission of author and publisher Christina Newhard, who sent me these questions, I am posting my responses here: Name: Barbara Jane Reyes Where you live: Oakland, CA Descriptor: Author and Educator What are your works of / about Philippine mythology (books/ podcast/ art /classes, organizations)? Please list them: Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish …

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What happens when a group of young Pinoy and Pinay writers, artists, and students — Flips — take the means of production into their own hands.

What follows is my introduction to the reprint/re-issue of Liwanag, the 1975 Filipino American arts anthology, which I am just so honored to have written. I. What happens when a group of young Pinoy and Pinay writers, artists, and students — Flips — take the means of production into their own hands.  They create a …

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How does one become a poet? Any Goddamn way they like.

There’s a story that Jason Bayani tells often; I read it in his author interviews. In the late-1990s, he attended a spoken word event in a community center in Oakland. There, he saw me perform. And this is where it was clarified for him that that’s what he wanted to do. Perform spoken word.  That …

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For the Smithsonian APA Center: “What’s This Thing About Orientals Together On A Bus”

What’s This Thing About Orientals Together On A Bus “Well, here we are, Orientals together on a bus.”—Hisaye Yamamoto, Seventeen Syllables “Oriental was a rug that everyone steps on, so we ain’t no Orientals. We were Asian American.”—Richard Aoki 1. “Asian American Literature” had already arrived. Just like José Garcia Villa wrote, “Have come, am …

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On being an immigrant poet in America

I wrote this essay in around 2014, as I was invited to submit to the anthology, Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America, edited by Abayomi Animashaun, and published by Black Lawrence Press in 2015. There’s some amount of retreading in my essays, as if I am corroborating …

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