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San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
BABAYLAN: A Roundtable Discussion of Bay Area Filipino Women Writers
Eileen R. Tabios joined other Pinay writers sharing narratives in progress and talking about the importance of the Bay Area for their writing and practice. Other participants were Jean Vengua, Arlene Biala, Veronica Montes, Elsa Valmidiano and Rose Booker. Host was Barbara Jane Reyes.
Sponsors: Philippine American Writers and Artists and SFPL.
Barbara Janes Reyes, Veronica Montes, Eileen Tabios, Elsa Valdimiano, Jean Vengua,
Rose Booker and Arlene Biala. (Sunny Vergara's photo). Art on screen by Trinidad Escobar.
PAWA founder Ed Lozada and Lisa at book table which featured, among others, SUN STIGMATA, THE AWAKENING and VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA
Long-time activist Terry Bautista with a copy of VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA!
Arlene Biala and Barbara Jane Reyes--something about the Giants...
I was also moved to meet Amy Pabalan who was apparently published for the first time when I accepted one of her poems for VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA -- it's always special to midwife that first publication. Also moved to meet Aileen who apparently had attended some of the events I created years ago in New York for the Asian American Writers Workshop--glad to see those events resonated with attendees. I was not moved to meet the "elder" ... actually, never mind about that one (grin).
Thanks as well to Mitch Yangson who curates the Filipino American Center for the San Francisco Public Library.