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Book Talk: Barbara Jane Reyes, Janice Sapigao, Veronica Montes


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Book Talk: Barbara Jane Reyes, Janice Sapigao, Veronica Montes

Eastwind Books and Maganda Magazine celebrate recently released and forthcoming titles by notable Filipina writers Barbara Jane Reyes (Invocation to Daughters), Janice Sapigao (Like a Solid to a Shadow), and Veronica Montes (Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories).

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of four previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry, and To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015).


Janice Lobo Sapigao is a daughter of Filipina/o immigrants. She is the author of two books of poetry: Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017), and microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016). She is a VONA/Voices and Kundiman Fellow, and the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego. She teaches English at San José City College and was featured in KQED Arts Women to Watch.


Veronica Montes is the author of Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories (Philippine American Literary House, January 2018). She was born in San Francisco and came of age in the fog and mist of Daly City, California, along with thousands of other Filipino kids who frequently appear, sometimes unbidden, in her short stories. Her writing has appeared in literary journals including Bamboo Ridge and Prism International; in anthologies including Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America, Going Home to a Landscape: Writing by Filipinas, and Growing Up Filipino; and in online spaces including SmokeLong Quarterly and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

For more on Veronica's work, visit: http://veronica-montes.com/

{m}aganda aims to foster critical dialogue within and across our communities through arts, literature, and education. We come from a heritage of Pilipino/American artists, writers, and cultural historians, but we extend our hands and voices to any and all who own truths that need to be spoken.

We believe in the necessity of art as a means of influencing social change. We attempt to accomplish this by providing integral spaces and opportunities for all of us to develop ourselves as creatively conscious individuals in our communities.

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