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An Evening of Filipino American Poetry

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Bel Canto Books is thrilled to host An Evening of Filipino American Poetry, with Barbara Jane Reyes and others.

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Join Bel Canto Books as we celebrate Filipino American History Month with celebrated poets Barbara Jane Reyes, Angela Peñaredondo, Irene Suico Soriano, Charles Valle, Jason Bayani, and Jason Magabo Perez.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2020). Born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the SF Bay Area, she is also the author of the forthcoming book, Wanna Peek Into My Notebook?: Notes on Pinay Liminality (Paloma Press, 2022).

Angela Peñaredondo (she, her/they, them) is a queer, nonbinary-femme, Filipinx interdisciplinary writer-educator. They author All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize).

Irene Suico Soriano was born in Zamboanga, Philippines in 1969 and immigrated to the US in 1981. She is the author of the poetry collection Primates from an Archipelago (Rabbit Fool Press, 2017).

Charles Valle was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to California when he was seven years old. Since 2006, he has served as one of the Poetry Editors at FENCE Magazine. His first book, Proof of Stake, was published in June 2021 by Fonograf Editions.

Jason Bayani is the author of Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019, Norcal Book Award finalist). He's a Kundiman fellow, and works as the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country.

Jason Magabo Perez is the author of This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Perez serves as Community Arts Fellow at Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies and Associate Editor at Ethnic Studies Review, and is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at CSU San Marcos.

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Bel Canto Books is a proudly woman- and BIPOC- owned independent bookstore based in Long Beach, California. Founded by Jhoanna Belfer, a Filipina-American poet and former hospitality executive, Bel Canto Books offers a curated selection of fiction, nonfiction and children's books, organized around a theme of the month, in particular celebrating books by women and people of color. We host monthly online book clubs, author events, and workshops, and are open for in-store shopping inside The Hangout (2122 E. 4th Street, Long Beach CA). Visit our website here to learn more!

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