Save the date: Filipino Futurisms at SFPL

The San Francisco Public Library, Paloma Press, and the Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) invite you to a Reading & Conversation on the shared aesthetics of innovative hybrid literature, and in celebration of the release of Because I Love You, I Become War by Eileen R. Tabios, and nature felt but never apprehended by Angela Peñaredondo. The event will also feature Hari Alluri, MT Vallarta, and Barbara Jane Reyes. Please save the date: Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6 PM to 7:30 PM, via Zoom.

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Eileen R. Tabios has released over 60 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in 10 countries and cyberspace. Recent books include a first novel DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times; two French books, PRISES (Double Take) (trans. Fanny Garin) and La Vie erotique de l’art (trans. Samuel Rochery); and a book-length essay Kapwa’s Novels. Forthcoming in 2023 is the poetry collection Because I Love You, I Become War. Her award-winning body of work includes invention of the hay(na)ku, a 21st century diasporic poetic form; the MDR Poetry Generator that can create poems totaling theoretical infinity; the “Flooid” poetry form that’s rooted in a good deed; and a first poetry book, Beyond Life Sentences, which received the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry. Translated into 12 languages, she also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. Her writing and editing works have received recognition through awards, grants and residencies. More information is at

Angela Peñaredondo is the author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times, winner of the 2016 Inlandia Institute’s Hillary Gravendyk Book Prize and the chapbook Maroon (Jamii Publishing). An interdisciplinary writer and educator, their work can be found in The Academy of American Poets, PleiadesSouthern Humanities ReviewApogee Journal and elsewhere. They are a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, Macondo, VONA/Voices Workshop, the Community of Writers and others. Currently, they are an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at California State University San Bernardino.

Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is a migrant poet of Filipinx and South Asian descent living and writing on unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples and Kwantlen, Katzie, Kwikwitlem lands of Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples. He is author of The Flayed City (Kaya), Carving Ashes(CiCAC/Thompson Rivers), and chapbook The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel). Writer-director of “Pasalubong: Gifts from the Journey” (NFB/ONF), co-editor of We Were Not Alone (Community Building Art Works) and co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press, siya has received grants, fellowships, and residencies from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The Capilano Review, Deer Lake, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, VONA/Voices, and others.

MT Vallarta is a poet and the 2022-2023 Guarini Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies at Dartmouth College. A Kundiman Fellow, Roots. Wounds. Words. Fellow and Pushcart Prize nominee, their forthcoming poetry collection, What You Refuse to Remember, won Small Harbor Publishing’s 2022 Laureate Prize. They received their Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Riverside.

Barbara Jane Reyes is a longtime Bay Area poet, author, and educator. She is the author of Wanna Peek Into My Notebook? Notes on Pinay Liminality (Paloma Press, 2022), Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2020), Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017), To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015), Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), Poeta en San Francisco (TinFish Press, 2005), and Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books Publishing, 2003). She teaches Pinay Literature, and Diasporic Filipina/o/x Literature in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. She lives with her husband, poet and educator Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland.

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