Readings, Panel Discussions

2021 “Grand,” Poetry, Marías at Sampaguitas, Issue No. 2, “Mahal: Who We Are, What It Cost Us, and How We Love,” Virtual Open Mic

Naming the Aswang, a Conversation with Elsa Valmidiano” with hosts Melanie Unruh and Samantha Tetangco, Plume, June Featured Writer, Podcast Interview

Writing About Grief” with host Juanita E. Mantz, Life of JEM, Episode 15, Podcast Interview

2020 We Are No Longer Babaylan, Excerpt from Essay Collection, to launch Keana Aguila Labra’s chapbook, No Saints, alongside poets Christian Aldana Sanders and Joseph Schwarkopf, hosted by Lazy Adventurer Publishing

We Are No Longer Babaylan, Excerpt from Essay Collection, to launch Veronica Montes’ chapbook, The Conquered Sits at the Bus Stop, Waiting, alongside authors Alan Chazaro and Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, hosted by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, Daly City Public Library Virtual Bookfest

2019 “From a Piece of Bamboo,” Novel Excerpt, Loon Magic and Other Night Sounds, Launch Reception, Sulzer Library Auditorium, Chicago
2018 “Two Aswang Discuss Dinner Plans” and “Guava Picking,” Poetry, Northridge Review, Issue No. 42.1 Launch Reception, Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium, Cal State Northridge

“Two Aswang Discuss Dinner Plans” and “Guava Picking,” Poetry, Summer Literary Seminars, Open Mic, Writers’ House/მწერალთა სახლი, Tbilisi, Georgia

“Room,” Novel Excerpt from From a Piece of Bamboo, and “When a Baby Immigrates,” Poetry, Literature for Life Guest Lecturer at Foshay Learning Center, Grades 10 & 11, with facilitator/In-Schools Program Coordinator Angelina Coppola and teacher Patrick ODonnel, Los Angeles

2017 “Two Aswang Discuss Dinner Plans,” Poetry, DISQUIET International Literary Program, Open Mic, Centro Nacional de Cultura, Lisbon, Portugal

“Mango,” “Room,” “Mother Leyte,” and “Veteran,” Poetry and Prose, Guest lecturer at Laney College with lecturer Adrienne Oliver, Oakland

2016 “Clearing Hurdles,” “This Way to the Devil’s Playground,” and “Guava Picking,” Poetry, Scriptorium Saturday with Jen Palmares Meadows, Open Mic, Ella K. McClatchy Library, Sacramento

Scriptorium Saturday, Spotlight Poet, Robbie Waters Library, Poetry and Prose, Sacramento

2015 Lark Readings at Studio Grand with Jen Palmares Meadows and Rose Booker, Poetry, Oakland

LitCrawl with Jen Palmares Meadows, Von Torres, Barbara Jane Reyes, James Bautista, and Janice Sapigao, Elixir Bar, Poetry, San Francisco

2014 “Were Different, Are Different,” Novel Excerpt from From a Piece of Bamboo, Maganda Magazine, Issue No. 27 Launch Reception, UC Berkeley

“Mother Leyte” and “How My Grandparents Made Love in 1944,” Poetry, Guest Speaker at San Francisco State University for Philippine Literature class, with lecturer Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales: A Reading and Roundtable with poets and writers of the Walang Hiya Anthology, San Francisco

“Elegy” and “Veteran,” Poetry, Babaylan: A Roundtable Discussion of Bay Area Filipino Women Writers, San Francisco Public Library

2013 “Unfurling the Frond,” Poetry, and “Being a Woman in the Barrio,” Novel Excerpt from From a Piece of Bamboo, The Music of the Word (La Palabra Musical) in collaboration with Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA), Berkeley

“Mother Leyte,” Poetry, and “Red Dot,” Novel Excerpt from From a Piece of Bamboo, Guest Speaker at San Francisco State University for Philippine Literature class, with lecturer Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales: A Reading and Roundtable with poets and writers of the Walang Hiya Anthology, San Francisco

2011 “Mother Leyte,” Poetry, Guest Speaker at San Francisco State University for Philippine Literature class, with lecturer Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales: A Reading and Roundtable with poets and writers of the Walang Hiya Anthology, San Francisco

“Rain Lesson,” Short Story, Final Graduate Reading of MFA candidates, Mills College, Oakland

“Mother Leyte,” “First Plane Ride,” and “Vintage,” Poetry, Third Annual Filipino-American Cultural Arts Festival, San Lorenzo

“Mother Leyte,” “Overseas Female Worker,” “At the Request of the Beggar Children,” and “Tongue Fighters,” Poetry, Guest Speaker at City College of San Francisco for Poetry for the People class, with lecturer and performance artist, Aimee Suzara, and Walang Hiya Anthology editor, Roseli Ilano, San Francisco

“Mother Leyte,” “To the Descendants of the Peasant Fighters,” and “Tongue Fighters,” Poetry, Asian Pacific Islander Issues Conference (APIICON) Workshop: The Power of Diaspora Literature and Poetry: A Reading and Roundtable with poets and writers of the Walang Hiya Anthology, UC Berkeley

“Mother Leyte,” Poetry, and “Rain Lesson,” Short Story, promoting Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice, UC Santa Cruz

2010 “On the Other Side of Somewhere,” Poetry, Thirteenth Artists Against Rape: In Remembering, We Rise, First Congregational Church, Oakland

“Mother Leyte” and “Banana Leaves,” Poetry, promoting Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice, St. Mary’s College, Moraga

“Mother Leyte” and “Massage,” Poetry, promoting Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice, San Francisco Public Library

2009 “Shelter” and “To the Descendants of the Peasant Fighters,” Poetry, Maganda Magazine, Issue No. 23 Theme Unveiling Reception, UC Berkeley

“Shelter,” Poetry, Kearny Street Workshop: Eleventh Annual APAture: A Spotlight on Asian Pacific American Art, Literary Night, San Francisco

“First Plane Ride” and “Grand,” Poetry, TAYO, Issue No. 1 Launch Reception, Los Angeles

“Asking Permission to Bury the Dead,” Poetry, Pinay Poetics: Presentation and Roundtable, KAPWA Conference, San Francisco State University

“At the Request of the Beggar Children,” “To the Descendants of the Peasant Fighters,” and “Tongue Fighters,” Poetry, Maganda Magazine, Issue No. 22 Launch Reception, UC Berkeley

2008 “Sunday Morning,” Poetry, Twelfth Artists Against Rape: Shedding the Skin of Shame, Bearing Our Bodies Truths, Project Artaud Theatre, San Francisco

“Amica Curiae,” Poetry, Maganda Magazine, Issue No. 21 Launch Reception, UC Berkeley

“Overseas Female Worker” and “Conversation with Lolo in My Kitchen,” Poetry, promoting Field of Mirrors: Philippine Artists and Writers, Inc. Anthology, San Francisco Public Library

2007 “Sex Worker” and “Overseas Female Worker,” Poetry, closing event for Out of TimeSpace: Critical Dialogues on Visuality & Alterity Symposium, UC Berkeley

Waterbabies, Film Screening & Panel Discussion with filmmaker Lina Hoshino and panelists: Deborah Lee, Maria Nakae, and Elsa Valmidiano (representing Exhale), discussing Japanese ritual of addressing abortion, the API reproductive justice movement, and Exhale (a national post-abortion talkline), Kearny Street Workshop: 9th Annual APAture, San Francisco

“I Feel Like I,” Poetry, Maganda Magazine, Issue No. 20 Launch Reception, UC Berkeley

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