October 22, 2018

List: Eight Easy Ways to Support Pilipinx Writers

1. Buy Pilipinx authored books. This is a no brainer. Yes, book sales matter. Bonus points if you’re buying from local, indie, community based vendors, such as Arkipelago Books and Eastwind Books.

2. Buy Pilipinx authored books as gifts. You know how you always say, “I wish I had this book when I was young.” This is how you normalize Pilipinx authored books in your family, and in your community.

3. Post the works of Pilipinx writers on social media. Do include links. Do include a sentence or two or three about why you’re posting. What was so interesting about this Pilipinx writer’s work. This doesn’t have to be a critical review. Posting images of their work on Instagram is fine,

BUT PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT TO THE ARTIST/WRITER.

Always include correct attribution. No attribution is not cool. Misattribution is not cool.

4. Recommend Pilipinx authored books to your students, mentees, to the young aspiring writers in your life. If you are not in a position to buy a lot of books for a lot of people, this is a totally great option. (See #3 above.)

5. If you are a teacher, course adoption of Pilipinx authored books is so great. Make that space for young people to read and talk about the work. You are there to guide them.

6. Review the work of Pilipinx writers and authors. This doesn’t have to be an involved, polished, critical review in a literary venue. Write a couple of sentences about why the work moved you; you can do this on social media (see #3 above). You can do this on Amazon and Goodreads.

7. If you are in a position to do so, invite them to participate in events you organize, feature them in public readings and publications. I know, you’re not all curators and editors, but those of you who are, do invite them to share their work with others.

8. Feature Pilipinx writers in your e-space. You know how relatively easy it is to maintain a WordPress blog? Also, it’s free. You can rotate blog proprietors if you don’t have a ton of time. See, now you’ve created a schedule of guest editors with whom you can share the work load. The content will be varied, farther reaching than if you did it all by yourself. And of course, post these on social media — your own, and your groups.


That’s eight pretty easy things you can do, that I just came up with in about 15-20 minutes of free writing. This is all common sense, but based on what I am seeing in social media, some folks kind of don’t know they can do any of this. Others only promote themselves, quietly and only in private spaces, and then wish their reach was wider. And I get this, the humility piece. But if you’d like to be in some kind of public community of writers, you start somewhere manageable.

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