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May 10, 2022

CLMP AAPI Reading List 2022CLMP NonfictionCLMP WANLB 2022

We Are No Longer Babaylan makes it again on CLMP’s Reading List for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022 for Nonfiction. For the complete list of poets and writers on this month’s list, please visit here.


May 1, 2022

Mythos Magazine

New piece up in Issue V, Spring 2022: “Your Lore” at Mythos in honor of our Manananggal, our genealogical maternal ancestor, who defied and was enraged and was always there to take the blame for so many unexplained tragedies, so women wouldn’t have to blame themselves or their bodies for the things we cannot control.

In honor of our beloved viscera-sucking creature, this short folkloric tale, “Birth of the Manananggal” is a feminist reimagining of the Manananggal’s origin story, an origin story that remains shrouded in mystery even among native Filipinos. This story also reimagines the origin of the mangkukulam, the Tagalog witches of the Philippines who continue to thrive and are feared as much as they are respected today.

Thank you, Mythos for giving space to this reimagined tale. As you can see, I adore our beloved viscera-sucking creature.


February 16, 2022

Not Flowers book cover

Winner of the 2021 Variant Lit Microchap Contest, Noreen Ocampo’s Not Flowers is now available for preorder, shipping March 22nd. I blurbed this beautiful book along with incomparable authors Lannie Stabile, Jennifer Co, and Janice Lobo Sapigao. You will not want to miss this gorgeous body of work.

The preorder link for Noreen’s book can be found here.


February 1, 2022

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New essay, “When the Body Speaks,” prefaced by a poem conjuring ancestral mothers, is up at MUTHA Magazine about how the pervasiveness of white supremacist work culture not only is hostile to female employees desiring pregnancy, but how these same systemic conditions in the workplace can affect a woman’s overall health and well-being. Thank you to MUTHA editor Cheryl Klein who patiently sat with me while I unpacked this essay. You can access the article here.



New book review at Up The Staircase Quarterly of Eileen R. Tabios’ DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times. My little sum up of the book: From acclaimed poet, Eileen R. Tabios, comes her epic first novel, a novel of erotic encounters, political intrigue, meta literary references, and ancestral/indigenous exhumation. You can access the full book review here.

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