Join us to celebrate the publication of Janice Lobo Sapigao's toxic city (tinder tender press, 2015) and Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey's Marilyn (The Operating System, 2015).
Janice Lobo Sapigao is a writer and educator from San Jose, CA. Her work has been published in Quaint Magazine, Broad!, the anthology Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America, and AngryAsianMan.com, among others. She earned her M.F.A. in Critical Studies/Writing at CalArts. She co-founded an open mic in Los Angeles called the Sunday Jump and was a finalist in the Katipunan Poetry Slam. She is the Associate Editor at TAYO Literary Magazine and a VONA Alum. She lives in the Bay Area and teaches at Skyline College and San Jose City College. Her website is: janicewrites.com.
An adoptee born in the Philippines, Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey works as Marketing Director at Woodland Patterr. With April Joseph, she is the co-founder/ director of Unpublished Narratives, a project dedicated to radical healing, and with Peggy Alaniz, she is the co-editor of TeaSpot Reviews, an afternoon tea blog documenting poets and books in unique spaces world-wide. Among others, Reavey’s work appears in Construction Magazine, Galatea Resurrects, Fjords Review, TRUCK and The Volta. Marilyn (The Operating System, 2015) is her first book. Find her at spaceinsideborderline.com.
from TOXIC CITY
those who cannot spell hunger
wouldn’t dare to experience
those who do and
when the sky falls
and gravity gives in
it becomes grounding
you are wrong
if you think us
— Janice Lobo Sapigao
Marilyn, remember your name. Malinao, remember your story.
Name and story and tribe are the same thing. A name is a story and a story is the tribe’s identity. Malinao. It means ‘clear.’ From a phrase in Bikol-naga: malinao na isip. Because my ancestors had such ‘clear thoughts,’ they birthed an island.
I cannot give birth to an island.