Writing

Poem for Today: Carlos Bulosan, “Song for Chris Mensalvas Birthday”

Something I often think of, as a poet, this binary social attitude that poetry is both frivolous, excessive, ...

Essay: What Does It Mean to be an APIA Author in “These Times.”

I am seeing a lot of folks — educators and authors — checking in on social media. They ...

Why I Turn to Lit and Art When Times Are Hard

“Hard” is an understatement. I am inspired by fellow APIA author Neil Aitken’s recent post on the value ...

Aswang Poetics, Continued

Continuing thoughts on Aswang Poetics. Who created the word, “unfuckwithable,” because that’s so much of what this is ...

Why Aswang Poetics?

In 2010, my third book, Diwata, was published by BOA Editions, Ltd. The closing poem of Diwata is “Aswang,” which I wrote, ...

What is Aswang Poetics?

How does one become “woke.” Some continuing thoughts from yesterday’s Aswang Poetics post. For my own career as ...