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Randy Ribay & Jason Bayani in Conversation

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Filipino American writers, Randy Ribay, author of the critically acclaimed YA novel, "Patron Saints of Nothing" (Penguin Random House), and internationally touring poet and performer, Jason Bayani, author of "Locus" (Omnidawn Publishing) celebrate their recent book releases with a reading and discussion.

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co-presented by Arkipelago Books, Kearny Street Workshop

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AUTHOR BIOS:

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the United States. He’s a graduate of the University of Colorado and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and after a decade on the East Coast, now lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two dog-children. He’s the author of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes (Merit Press/Simon & Schuster), After the Shot Drops (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and Patron Saints of Nothing (Kokila/Penguin). In addition to writing YA novels, Randy teaches high school English.

about "Patron Saints of Nothing"

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it. As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

Jason Bayani is the author of Locus (Omnidawn Publishing) and Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing). He’s an MFA graduate from Saint Mary’s College, 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. His publishing credits include World Literature Today, BOAAT Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Lantern Review, and other publications. Jason performs regularly around the country and debuted his solo theater show “Locus of Control” in 2016 with theatrical runs in San Francisco, New York, and Austin.

about "Locus"

In Locus, Jason Bayani’s poetry explores the experience of identity that haunts Pilipinx-Americans in the wake of the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act, a critical moment left out of most histories of Asian-American life in the United States. Bayani’s poetry seeks to recuperate this silenced experience, rendering the loss of memory migration entails and representing the fragments of cultural history that surface in a new national context. Drawing inspiration from the mixing and layering of musical fragments in DJ culture, Locus lays down tracks of memory to create a confident declaration of a distinctly Pilipinx-American voice, history, and artistic power. Indeed, his work reveals how these new creations often tie us to the most fundamental parts of ourselves: our families, our cultures, the vague memories passed down through generations. In Locus, Bayani both renders the challenges of migration and captures an experience of selfhood and history, asserting a central place for migrant identity and experience in American culture.

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