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Fil-Am Writers in the KK Reading Series

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, in cooperation with the Rizal Library, will be hosting a reading and lecture by some of today’s leading Filipino-American writers on July 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the 4th floor of the new Rizal Library.

The writers include Fidelito Cortes, M. Evelina Galang, Sarah Gambito, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, Lara Stapleton, and R. A. Villanueva.

Fidelito Cortes was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He has written two poetry collections, Waiting for the Exterminator (Kalikasan Press), which won the National Book Award from the Manila Critics’ Circle, and Everyday Things (University of Santo Tomas Press), a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award for poetry and which was translated into Romanian and published as Lucruri de fiecare zi (Editura LIMES). He is currently visiting writer at Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

M. Evelina Galang is the author of Her Wild American Self (Coffee House Press); the novel One Tribe (New Issues Press); and Angel De La Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery (Coffee House Press). She has edited the anthology, Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press). She is currently writing Lolas’ House: Women Living with War, stories of surviving Filipina WWII “Comfort Women” and is at work on a new novel, Beautiful Sorrow, Beautiful Sky. Galang teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami, is core faculty for VONA/Voices: Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation and has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the United States by Filipina Women’s Network.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She holds degrees from University of Virginia and the Creative Writing Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and the MacDowell Colony. She is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University. Together with Joseph O. Legaspi, she co-founded Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian-American poets.

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco has published fiction in The North American Review, Joyland, and numerous anthologies, including Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. He has received honors and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center and PEN New England. In 2013, he was selected as a NYC Emerging Writers Fellow from the Center for Fiction. He received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and taught creative writing at Boston College, where he was the managing editor of Post Road. He is at work on his first novel.

Lara Stapleton is the author of The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (Aunt Lute 99), a Pen Open Book Committee Selection and an Independent Booksellers’ Selection. She is the co-editor of Juncture (Softskull 03) and Thirdest World (Factory School 07), stories with Gina Apostol and Eric Gamalinda. She has also won the Hopwood Award for Fiction, the Columbia Journal Award, and a Ludwig Vogelstein Grant. A writer of poetry and prose, she has most recently been working on a screen project about miscegenation in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was born and raised in Michigan, went to 6th grade in Quezon City, and calls New York City home.

R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the 2013 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, his honors include the 2013 Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry and fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review. His writing has appeared widely in journals such as AGNI, Gulf Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Bellevue Literary Review, and DIAGRAM. He is currently a Language Lecturer at New York University and lives in Brooklyn.

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