****THE LOS ANGELES BOOK LAUNCH ****
featuring: Q&A session w/ Janice Lobo Sapigao & Jessica Sabogal!
Event will start at 7:30
1. About The Book
2. Featured Hosts & Readers
3. Co-sponsors / Community Partners
1. About the Book:
microchips for millions is Janice Lobo Sapigao's first poetry book! It is a documentary and exploratory poetry collection about the exploitation of immigrant women in the Silicon Valley and those who built it all – those like the author’s mother. Through the use of binary code, the Filipino language, Ilokano; personal observation, and scholarship, microchips for millions draws out the social layers of the microchip, which are central to the global economy. The book interrogates Silicon Valley as an ideal place of innovation, technological advancement, and a highly populated concentration of computer-based startups. What is not popularly known is that the Silicon Valley is also home to flagrant and covert injustice where toxic chemicals and “clean” energy risk the lives of workers. It will be published in November 2016 by Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), Inc.
Cover art by the wondrous, bad-ass Jessica Sabogal!
2. Featured Hosts & Readers
Hosts: STEADY – Stephanie Sajor & Eddy M. Gana, Jr.
Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana Jr., also known as Steady, are spoken word artists and community organizers based in Los Angeles. They are leaders of KmB, Pro-People Youth, co-founders of Sunday Jump, an open mic series in Historic Filipinotown, and co-founders of Asian American spoken word collective forWord. They have been published in TAYO Literary Magazine, the Asian American Literary Review, and Salamin Magazine. They have performed on KSCI-TV LA18, at the LA Theater Center, the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Brava Theater in San Francisco, the Museum of Tolerance, and more. They served as co-curators of Literary Arts for the past two years for the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture.
Reader: Shana Mirambeau
Shana Mirambeau is a Cuban and Haitian American Multidisciplinary artist: writer, editor photographer, teacher and dramaturge, whose work shifts between the layers of multicultural narrative and spiritual mysticism.
Reader: F. Douglas Brown
F. Douglas Brown of Los Angeles is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three (University of Georgia 2014). Mr. Brown, an educator for nearly 20 years, teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys Jesuit school. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. His poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly (VQR), The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Transfer Magazine and Santa Clara Review.
Reader: Jason Magabo Perez
Jason Magabo Perez is a writer, performer, scholar & educator. Perez is the author of Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016), This is for the mostless. (WordTech Editions, Forthcoming 2017), & You Will Gonna Go Crazy (2011), a multimedia performance commissioned by Kularts SF & funded by a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Perez’s writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in Witness, TAYO, Eleven Eleven, Mission at Tenth, Vitriol, & The Feminist Wire. Formerly a featured artist at the New Americans Museum, Perez has performed at several college & university campuses across the U.S., & at venues such as National Asian American Theater Festival, the International Conference of the Philippines, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Art Museum SF, & the La Jolla Playhouse. For the past decade, Perez has taught writing, performance, & ethnic studies at various colleges & universities in California. Perez received an M.F.A. in Writing & Consciousness from New College of California, is an alumnus of the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) Writing Workshops for Writers of Color, & most recently completed a dual Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies & Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Currently, Perez is an Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing at California State University at San Bernardino.
Book Cover Artist: Jessica Sabogal
For first generation Colombian American graffiti artist, Jessica Sabogal, art serves as a haven, a tribute, a creative outlet of adoration and exaltation for women with stories often untold. Her pieces possess a vision of female identity that is revolutionary and powerful, brave and beautiful. By utilizing a spray can, she aims to color her canvas by unraveling stories she once heard, lived, struggled, and loved. Throughout the years, Sabogal has consistently reinvented what it means to be a female graffiti artist in a male-dominated medium. She has continuously pushed the boundaries as an artist by utilizing her medium for social change, action, and empowerment, while reminding us of the simple but necessary notion that women are to be valued, glorified, respected, and above all, loved.
Author: Janice Lobo Sapigao
Janice Lobo Sapigao is a writer, poet, and educator. She is a VONA/Voices Fellow and was awarded a Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. She is the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine, and a co-founder of Sunday Jump, an open mic in Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown. Her work has also been published in numerous publications including KQED Arts, The Offing, Jacket2, AngryAsianMan.com, and Action, Yes! as well anthologies such as Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2014) and Namjai: An Intergenerational Tribute Anthology of Bay Area Asian Pacific Islander Poets (The ReWrite, 2013). She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego. Janice loves playing with stuffed animals, runs races occasionally, and frequents local, small mom + pop coffee shops. If you want, you can learn more at janicewrites.com
Co-Sponsors / Community Partners
1. Avenue 50 Studio
The Avenue 50 Studio is an arts presentation organization grounded in Chicana/o and Latina/o culture, visual arts, and the Northeast Los Angeles area. We seek to build bridges of cultural understanding through artistic expressions. We develop programming to inform our community through innovative projects that connect artists, students, academics, and members of the community. Avenue 50 is committed to providing a place where the life and artistic interests of an under-served community can be made visible.
Since its founding in 2000, Avenue 50 has grown from a small gallery to an active non-profit arts nexus, and is now an important arts destination venue in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles, a traditional arts enclave in the city. We provide a venue for exceptional, up-and-coming local artists and poets. Our monthly art openings and our varied literary events are a testament to the rich diversity that make up Los Angeles. Avenue 50 anchors a site that includes two galleries, a community art space, and three resident artist studios. Our programming includes art exhibitions, art workshops, lectures, poetry and readings, as well as hosting annual events such as Dia de los Muertos. Over the past fifteen years we have organized over 250 exhibits, celebrating a variety of artistic media and themes, and shown nearly 1,000 artists, poets and musicians. We are committed to bridging the diverse cultures of Los Angeles.
2. Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA)
A Northern CA based 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization and independent publisher of Filipino American lit. We have published three anthologies of Filipino American Literature, with the third dedicated to writings in tribute to Jose Rizal.
PAWA’s main goal is to create and encourage literature and arts for the preservation and enrichment of Filipino and Filipino American historical, cultural and spiritual values.
3. Sunday Jump
Sunday Jump is a community open mic series held every 1st Sunday, 5-7 pm at Kapistahan Grill in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. All are welcome!
...more to come!
Can't make it? Come to one of these events:
San Francisco & Berkeley book launches will be planned for January and February, respectively!