I learn that the writer's pen is a microphone held up to the mouth of ancestors and even stones of long ago.Alice Walker
I am a poet, essayist, teacher, editor and arts-in-education advocate. My full-length collection of poems, Words for House Story (WordTech 2013) was a 2015 Best Books selection at Beltway Poetry. I have two chapbooks, Forage (2011), winner of the Whitebird Chapbook Prize, and Your Heart and How It Works (2009), awarded the Global Filipino Literary Award. Poems and prose appear most recently in McSweeney’s, Vallum, Asian American Literary Review, The Rumpus and Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience.
I’ve taught creative writing at the University of Delaware, and for community arts and writing organizations. I served as Delaware’s poet laureate from 2008 to 2015.
My memoir-in-progress is about surviving violence and losing home, including the loss of both parents at a young age. It is also about the tenacity of sibling love and the bonds of healing. This work is my awakening to my parents’ secrets, intergenerational trauma, my fraught multiracial identity, hidden families, and what it means to be a second-generation Filipina-American.
For the past thirty years I have lived in the woods of northern Delaware. I love road trips, hiking, native plants, backyard creatures, surfing, drunken noodles, the smell of the library and hanging out with my kids and family.
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