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, teacher and arts-in-education advocate, and have taught creative writing classes at the University of Delaware, Delaware Public Libraries and Delaware Division of the Arts writing retreats. I work as an Assistant Editor with YesYes Books, and am state coordinator for Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud program. I also teach poetry writing and recitation in schools and community centers.
My full-length collection of poems, Words for House Story (WordTech Editions 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.
I have been fortunate to find writing communities through VONA/Voices of Our Nations as a 2017 Resident in Prose, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts where I was in residence as a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow in 2009, 2012 and 2016. I am grateful for a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation Fellowship, which allowed me to work on family stories that are part of my memoir-in-progress. This memoir project will be my focus at Hedgebrook in April 2019. It’s about coming to terms with my parents’ violent deaths, family secrets, guilt, race, class, forgiveness and love.
I grew up in Lakeland, Florida, where my Filipino father and German American mother settled our big family after many moves. For the past 25 years I have lived in the woods of northern Delaware. I like road trips, hiking, gardening native plants, surfing, drunken noodles, libraries, and hanging out with family– especially my kids and granddaughter.
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