The Body of the Migrant in Literature and in Diaspora: An Evening with Three Filipina Writers

Join the Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group for an evening with three prolific Filipina writers. Mia Alvar is a New York-based writer and educator. Her debut collection of short stories, In the Country (2015), has made the top book lists of the New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Huffington Post, among many others. Aimee Suzara is a Bay Area-based poet and playwright, whose debut collection of poetry, Souvenir (2014), has been lauded for its poetic documentation of the “living exhibits” of Filipinos at the 1904 World’s Fair. Finally, Dr. Maria Josephine Barrios-Leblanc, a Filipino language and literature lecturer in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, is a celebrated poet, playwright, and activist. This year she has been awarded the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas (Balagtas National Achievement Award), the highest honor conferred to living Filipino writers who have contributed significantly to the development of Philippine literature. 

Each praised for their contributions locally and transnationally, these writers will be able to speak to matters of the migrant body and the writing process, and their experiences as writers in diaspora. This is a public event, and refreshments will be provided. 

Event details
Date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
370 Dwinelle