Filipino American Poets Read at Seattle University

On Friday, February, 28th at 7 p.m., the United Filipino Club at Seattle University (UFC), Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts (PWEKA) and the Seattle University Filipino Alumni Chapter will host a reading by Filipino American poets.  The reading will be held in the Wycoff Auditorium, 900 Broadway on the Seattle University campus.  Co-sponsoring organizations include Seattle University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the Greater Seattle Chapter of  the Filipino American National Historical Society (FAHNS)  and the Filipino Community of Seattle, Inc. (FCS)  The reading is free to the public.

Readers include award winning poets Barbara Jane Reyes (Diwata), Jon Pineda (Birthmark/The Translators Diary), Aimee Suarza (Souvenir) , Oscar Penaranda (Full Deck/Seasons by the Bay) and Rachelle Cruz (Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood).

Aimee Suzara is poet, playwright and performer based in Oakland, California.  Her first full-length book, SOUVENIR, encounters narratives of her history – from the “living exhibits” of Filipinos in the 1904 World’s Fair to the migration of her family to the Wild West. Her chapbook, the space between, was nominated for the California Book Award.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata ,winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry and a finalist for the California Book Award. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center and Poeta en San Francisco which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets.

Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Apology, winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. His memoir Sleep in Me was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His poetry collections include The Translator’s Diary, winner of the 2007 Green Prize for Poetry from New Issues Press, and Birthmark, first place winner in the 2003 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards.

Oscar Penaranda, poet and novelist, was  born on the Island of Leyte but moved with his family to Manila when he was five. He earned his B.A. in Literature and his M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.  He taught at San Francisco State for 12 years. Oscar is the author of the novel Seasons by the Bay and Full Deck (jokers playing) a full-length book of poetry.

Rachelle Cruz is is the author of the chapbook, Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood . She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio, and is the Podcast Editor at The Collagist.  She is a recent recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from PAWA (Philippine American Writers and Arists, Inc).  An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes and teaches in Southern California.

This is a unique opportunity to hear several major Filipino American poets from the Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) organization.

For further information contact Robert Flor, PWEKA at