Come join us as we represent PAWA, Philippine American Writers and Artists, for 2019 SF LitCrawl. The night will be mad crazy for all things literary and brilliant.
SF Lit Crawl Phase 1
Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Amado’s 998 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
PAWA is a nonprofit arts organization and independent publisher of Filipinx American literature. Poets and writers illuminate the diaspora with works on feminism, resistance, history, mythology, and memory.
UC Riverside; Orange Coast College
Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God’s Will for Monsters, which won the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize (Inlandia, 2017), Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood and co-editor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in As/Us, New California Writing 2013, LARB, Yellow Medicine Review, Jet Fuel Review,The Lit Pub, The Bakery, The Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK, Muzzle Magazine, KCET’s Departures Series, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour. She is a recent recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from PAWA. An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes and teaches in Southern California.
The People’s Poet” is a born and raised San Franciscan, Filipino/Friscopino/Black poet currently living in North Carolina. Author of two books of poetry/short stories: Cool Don’t Live Here No More–A letter to San Francisco and Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, published by Ithuriel’s Spear. Short list nominee for Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2017. Individual artist grant awardee of the San Francisco Art Commission, 2019-2020. Nephew of the Manilatown poet Al Robles. Author of the children’s books, Lakas and the Manilatown Fish and Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel. Currently working on his first novel. For more info: tonyrobles.wordpress.com
From East San Jose, her fiction, memoir, essays and author interviews have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Bellingham Review, World Literature, The Rumpus, Warscapes and Huizache, among others. Her work has been translated into Mandarin by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Parayno earned an MA from University College Cork and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently, she serves on the board of PAWA, a nonprofits arts organization and publisher dedicated to supporting Filipinx writers, and on the executive committee of Litquake. She is a grants consultant for social justice nonprofits in the Bay Area. You can find her at www.beverlyparayno.com.
Veronica Montes was born in San Francisco and came of age in the fog and mist of Daly City. Her short fiction has appeared in many print journals and online spaces. Her collection, Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories, was published by Philippine American Literary House in 2018, and her chapbook, The Sound of Her Voice, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.
Barbara Jane Reyes
Author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017), and four previous poetry collections, including Poeta en San Francisco and Diwata. Letters to a Young Brown Girl is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2020.
Rashaan Alexis Meneses
Visiting Liberal Arts Fellow, Saint Mary’s College of California
Rashaan Alexis Meneses is a past resident of The MacDowell Colony and The International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, UK. She has received fellowships from the Jacob K. Javits Program, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and an Ancinas Scholarship for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, California. Her fiction and non-fiction have been featured in various journals and anthologies, including Kartika Review, Puerto Del Sol, New Letters, BorderSenses, Kurungabaa, The Coachella Review, Pembroke Magazine, Doveglion Press, and the anthology Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s hiking trails along the California coast.