Filipina Diaspora: Writing Back to Empire

Tuesday, April 9, 2019  7:00pm Hamilton Hall, room 420

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This event will take place April 9 at CSER in 420 Hamilton Hall from 7-9pm. All the authors will be doing a reading of their work.​

Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. She graduated from Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Grace teaches the Essay Incubator at GrubStreet and courses in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University for 2019–2021. Before Gina Apostol's fourth novel, Insurrecto, hit the shelves, Publishers' Weekly named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. Her third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy, and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor. Her debut memoir, Fairest, is forthcoming from Viking/Penguin Random House. Her essays and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of volumes, including Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Burn It Down, and Kink. She has published features, opinion pieces, and essays for The Guardian, The New York Times, VICE Magazine, The Atlantic, The Nation, and many other publications. She is also a founding editor for them., Condé Nast's LGBTQ+ platform, and holds an MFA in fiction as well as an MA in comparative literature from Cornell University.

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