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Robert Flor, Producer

Robert Flor is a Seattle native raised in the city’s Central Area and Rainier Valley.  His family immigrated from Iloilo, P.I.  His poems have been published in multple journals and anthologies. He appears in the Field of Mirrors and Where Are You From anthologies. Caryan Press published ”Alaskero Memories” his chapbook in 2018.  A member of Dramatist Guild, his plays have been performed in the Eclectic Theatre and Bindlestiff Studios. “Mabuhay Majesty” was produced at the Rainer Arts Center.

Peter Bacho

Peter Bacho is the author of seven books: Cebu, Dark Blue Suit, Boxing in Black and White, Nelson’s Run, Entrys, Leaving Yesler , and Uncle Rico’s Encore. His books have received several awards, including the 1992 American Book Award. He is an adjunct professor at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Bacho was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Seattle’s Central District. In addition to the American Book Award (Cebu), his short story “The Wedding” received a “distinguished” cite, Best American Short Stories of 1993. Dark Blue Suit, won the Murray Morgan Prize and a Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, in 1998. His nonfiction work, Boxing in Black and White, was listed in the top 100 books of 1999 by the Center for Children’s Books. His YA novel Leaving Yesler was shortlisted in 2011 by Seattle Public Library.

Donna Miscolta

Donna Miscolta, of Filipino and Mexican heritage, is the author of three books of fiction, the first of which, When the de la Cruz Family Danced, explores the ties within a Filipino American family. Her most recent book Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories was named to the 2020 Latino Books of the Year  and won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Multicultural Fiction and an International Latino Book Award Gold Medal for Best Collection of Short Stories. It was a finalist for the American Fiction Award, the Nancy Pearl Award, and the Washington State Book Award. Her previous story collection Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories won the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman, an Independent Publishers award for Best Regional Fiction, and an International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Fiction.

Ebo Barton

Ebo Barton comes from salt— from the moment before worlds converge. In this world, we are still trying to articulate that mixed Black and Filipino, Transgender and Non-Binary, Queer, Artists and Educators not only matter but are precious. Ebo’s work appeared in Natasha Marin’s Black Imagination and the audiobook read by Grammy and Tony award winner, Daveed Diggs.  Ebo’s work online on Write About Now, Button Poetry, and All Def Poetry channels.  In 2016, they placed 5th in the World at Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2017, they co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning play, “Rising Up“.  Ebo debuted his first published collection of poetry, Insubordinate in 2020, a Washington State Book Award Finalist and Finalist in the Creative Non-Fiction Category. A 2020 Jack Straw Writing Fellow, Ebo Barton’s written, performative, and community work demand societal reckoning.

Charles Valle

Charles Valle was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to California when he was seven years old. Since 2006, he has served as one of the Poetry Editors at FENCE Magazine, and his work has been featured in numerous publications including Denver QuarterlyBerkeley Poetry Review, among others. Valle lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a Change Management Director for Nike. His first book of poetry, Proof of Stake, was published by Fonograf Editions in June 2021.

Jen Soriano, Co-Host

Jen Soriano (she/they) is a writer, performer, social movement strategist, and author of the chapbook “Making the Tongue Dry.” Jen is the recipient of the 2019 Penelope Niven Prize, the 2019 Fugue Prose Prize, and Jack Jones and Hugo House Fellowships. She was also a finalist in the 2019 Ploughshares emerging writers and is a proud graduate of the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program. Her first book, Nervous, a collection of essays about healing the history we carry in our bodies, is forthcoming in 2023.

Rick Barot

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall, Want, and Chord, all published by Sarabande Books.  Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. It was also a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.  His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and The New Yorker.  He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Stanford University.  He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University.  His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2020 and was longlisted for the National Book Awards in poetry. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. 

Sam Roxas-Chua

Sam Roxas-Chua is the author of Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, Echolalia in Script, and Fawn Language. His poems, artworks, and asemic writings have appeared in journals including Narrative, December MagazineCream City Review and an essay/review of his two recent books appears in the Georgia Review and Rhino Poetry. His poetry sequence Diary of Collected Summers was awarded the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize. His books talk to each other across mediums as well, with the poems in Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater resurfacing in the poem Echolalia in Script, which is made up of phrases drawn from the poems.  His current project is an 8-week artist/writer residency at Portland Chinatown Museum.

Diane Rodill

Diane Rodill earned a public health Ph.D. at Temple University in 1984. Her writing has emerged in Rappler, Peace Corps Worldwide, UNICEF, FANHS Journal, Vanport Mosaic, and NYC Tenement, Wing Luke, and FANHS Stockton Museums. Diane’s awards include 4Culture grants, Artist Trust Lit EDGE residency, Alaska Humanities Forum grant, Vanport Mosaic honorariums, and June Dodge Mineral School finalist. Her debut historical biography on her father (1894-1977), A Filipino Rascal: Philippine Revolution to Korean War, is pending. She also plans a children’s chapbook and companion curriculum.

Dujie Tahat

Dujie Tahat is a Filipino-Jordanian immigrant living in Washington State. They are the author of foiur chapbooks: Balikbayan, New Michigan Press, 2022, Here I Am O My God, selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, Salat, selected as winner of the Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Award and longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection, and Balikbayan, finalist for the DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press Chapbook Contest. Along with Luther Hughes and Gabrielle Bates, they cohost The Poet Salon podcast.

Troy Osaki, Co-Host

Troy Osaki is a Filipino Japanese poet, community organizer, and attorney from Seattle, WA. A three-time grand slam poetry champion and recipient of grant awards from Artist Trust and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, he has earned fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Jack Straw Cultural Center. His work has appeared in the Bellingham Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Moss: A Journal of the Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere. He writes in hopes to build a safe and just place to live in by uniting the people and reimagining the world.

Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize (Inlandia Books, 2019). She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). The recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon and Kundiman, Michelle has also received support from Lemon Tree House, Caldera, 4Culture, Literary Arts, VONA/Voices, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others. She lives in California.

Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor

Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor’s non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction have appeared in several journals and anthologies including Katipunan Literary Magazine, Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young AdultsKuwento: Small Things, and Beyond Lumpia, Pansit, and Seven Manangs Wild: An Anthology. Her poetry chapbook Pause Mid-Flight was released in 2010. She is also the co-editor of True Stories: The Narrative Project Vol. I and II, and her poetry and essays have been collected in Dancing Between Bamboo Poles. She has been a storyteller since 2006, specializing in stories based on Filipino folktales and Filipino-American history.

Geronimo Tagatac

Geronimo Tagatac was born in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1941.  His father was from Ilocos Norte, in the northern Philippines.  His mother was a Russian Jew, from New York.  His family moved, from Louisiana to California to work farms in the Imperial and Santa Clara valleys.  As a young man, Geronimo worked in the fields, orchards, and canneries.  Geronimo began writing and publishing short fiction, in 1995.  His work has appeared in The Northwest Review, Orion, The Chautaqua Literary Journal, The Gold Man Review, Phantom Drift, and The Timberline Review.  His short story collection, The Weight of the Sun, was a 2007, Oregon Literary Arts Awards finalist.  In 2019, his story, “The Summer of the Aswang,” won the Timberline Literary Review’s Timberline Prize.   

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