Celebrating Filipino American History Month: Three Generations, Three Pinoy Writers


Saturday, October 26, 2013 | 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Echo Park Library – 1410 W Temple St., Los Angeles

Tel. (213) 250-7808 Website: lapl.org



PEN Center USA, Philippine Expressions Bookshop, and the Echo Park Library Community Group (Friends)

Noel Alumit wrote the novels Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon. He did his undergraduate work in Drama at USC and started graduate work in Buddhist Chaplaincy at the University of the West. He currently serves as a California Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. He is widely anthologized and is currently working on a third novel.

Giovanni Ortega is an author, performer and director based in Los Angeles. His book Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio was published by The Undeniables in October, 2012. He has written and performed one person shows all over North America at over 100 universities, organizations and prisons. In 2010, East West Players commissioned him to write the play ALLOS: The Story of Carlos Bulosan which eventually toured Southern California and was produced thereafter in Chicago by CIRCA Pintig Theater Co. Giovanni is currently a professor at AMDA College of Performing Arts and New York Film Academy. For more information: http://www.giovanniortega.com.

Chris Santiago is a poet, fiction writer, critic, and teacher. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming from FIELD, Pleiades, The Asian American Literary Review, Canteen, Postcolonial Text, The Lantern Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Country Dog Review,and elsewhere. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, and has been a finalist for both the Stony Brook Short Fiction Contest and the Kundiman Poetry Prize. He has read at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and at Lincoln Center, where he shared the podium with Li-Young Lee, Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Srikanth Reddy. He has received a Manuel G. Flores scholarship from the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., an ACE-Nikaido Fellowship, and a travel grant for the Philippines to research a novel on the Philippine-American War. Chris received his B.A. and B.M. from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, and is completing his Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where he is a Provost’s Ph.D. Fellow and teaches literature & writing in the Thematic Option Program.


This is an ongoing outreach program of the Bookshop in order to help develop the interest of Filipino Americans for books written by authors of Filipino ancestry.
If you will be unable to attend, the Bookshop accepts orders for signed copies of authors’ books. Just call (310) 514-9139 or email: linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com
If you wish, you can also become a friend of Friends of Philippine Expressions Bookshop on facebook.