Storyteller. Author. Wordbinder.
Bringing Stories to Life
I met an Old Coyote last summer. He was taller than I had expected, broader in the chest, and gentler. None of the usual tricks at first glance. Perhaps he was feeling the need to be polite in new company. But like all Coyotes, at least the ones I've come across so...
Every Once in a While
I've been reading Charles de Lint books since a friend introduced me to Moonheart in the mid-90s. A contemporary fantasy author, deLint blends the present with the past, moves archtypical characters into complex spaces, and just plain writes a terrific yarn. He's one...
A few years ago, I visited the UBC Museum of Anthropology with a friend. Although excited by the prospect of gathering more details for my novel-in-progress, I was also apprehensive. We were going to a place designed to observe Others in neat packages called...
As a Filipino American writer and performance storyteller, my art is based on the impact of heritage on shaping and informing personal experience and the importance of self-expression as a method of healing. I view my writing and performing as subversive acts against invisibility and silence in a society where women of color are often viewed through an objectifying, exoticizing lens. Raised in a family focused on assimilation, I grew up sheltered from the Vietnam War and the Marcos dictatorship by a shield of language. Becoming a socially aware cultural activist has been a process of understanding the impact of the American Dream trope on my family and upbringing. As a result, I have connected with diverse ethnic groups who also value art as a method of self-expression and an act of compassion. A desire for wholeness drives my art which seeks to weave past and present, folktale with fact, subjectivity with objectivity into works which entertain and enliven others.