Storyteller. Author. Wordbinder.
Bringing Stories to Life
With the beginning of April 2020, I find myself hopping from space to space, trying to find my groove, my place to express whatever it is I need to be expressing right now. Over on that side of the Internet, I co-write with author Cat Rambo and a small group of...
Season Without Fruit
In 2010, I published this prose poem in my chapbook “Pause Mid-Flight”. Reading it now, I was likely responding to Christian Fundamentalist rhetoric promising doom to certain groups they routinely dehumanized. There are some eerie echoes in this piece – if I were to...
One of the things I tell writers who are just starting out is that to be a Writer™, you only need three tools: Something to write with.Something to write on.And a Slinky. A writer, much like any fine artist, can grab just about anything to Write With – pencil, pen,...
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.