Poetry, Film, Curation, Translation



Poemeleon: “Mid Step,” “Outside” (forthcoming)

The Margins: “A Pavement Sweeper’s Quarry,” “No Language”

TAYO: “First Beggar Declares His Love to Ash,” [The moon ringed by a clarion halo…]

The Blueshift: “The Body Is Not a Thing to Escape”

Sundog Lit: [The mooon ringed by a clarion…], [We saw there…]

Split This Rock, The Quarry: “The Opposite of Holding in Breath—”

Word Riot: “Let’s Leave Our Shadows to Those Who Forget Theirs,” “Fish Scales to Wipe off the Counter of My Childhood”

B O D Y : [There will be more soldiers…], [When you straggle…]

Duende: [The Smell of Ants…]

The Offing, Micro: “What Oxygen Preaches to Iron”

Five Quarterly: [Refuse to Swim]

Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of new philippine myths, edited by Rachelle Cruz and Melissa Sipin (Carayan Press)

Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Workshop, edited by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Andrea Walls, Adriana Ramirez, Camille Acker, and Marco Fernando Navarro (Thread Makes Blanket Press)

Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets, edited by Eileen R. Tabios (Meritage Press)


National Film Board of Canada: Pasalubong: Gifts from the Journey


Poetry International: Respect Due: Forum on the Work of Kwame Dawes, “Kwame Dawes: An Archive of Online Poems,” co-edited with Cecily Nicholson.


Poetry International: “An Interview and Poems by Mario Bojórquez,” with Binh Nguyen and Jonathan Rodley


Reviews, Media, Interviews



Poetry International, The Flayed City reviewed by Jenny Minniti-Shippey

Publishers Weekly, The Flayed City

San Diego CityBeat, “Fine Lines,” The Flayed City reviewed by Seth Combs

Poetry International, The Promise of Rust reviewed by Arthur Kayzakian

San Diego CityBeat, “Six San Diego poets spin some fine lines,” The Promise of Rust reviewed by Seth Combs


Asian American Writers Workshop, March Bookmarks, by Yasmin Majeed

Split This Rock: “THE QUARRY Turns One: Reflections & Top 20 Poems,” lead written by Eric Eikenberry, set up and maintained by Simone Roberts


KPBS Midday Edition, hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh, produced by Marissa Cabrera

KKUP Out of Our Minds, hosted and produced by Poetita (Rachelle Escamilla)

B-Side Journal: “Follow the Rhizome, part 1,” “Follow the Rhizome, part 2,” interviewed by Arthur Kayzakian



opening with gratitude, a 4-year update.

thank you to community for support, inspiration, sharing, light. here, a few of the folks who have lifted and lift me up & the work up, with so many more on the way.

To suheir hammad, teacher twice over and ongoing, mentor, community everything, friend who, in a single off-hand almost unspoken remark, set the possibility of carving ashes.

To Chris Abani, teacher, mentor, fam whose support so crucial to the build, the craft, the path.

To Elmaz Abinader, co-founder of VONA/Voices, amazing poet and mentor, for being the second heart of so many writers of colour.

To Wayde Compton, mentor since then, who helped me see place, to retro-imagine, the piece by piece, the shapening.

To Joanne Arnott, a serious community & poetry force ’round here (which, when I wrote this, was Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory—word to Richmond & Surrey), for featuring my work.

To Ross Laird, mentor in the work work, reader who saw the four thematics, the undercurrent.

To sistar Cynthia Dewi Oka, brothers David Maduli & Sevé Torres, auntie Miriam Ching Yoon Louie. Cinder blocks of my ongoing build. Naomi Horii. Jas Gill. All fam, know who you are.

To Rina Alluri, sister by blood: nuff said.

Community. No One Is Illegal. RAIN Zine/Purple Thistle Centre [word to Carla Bergman]. PWC: UKPC/FCYA. The Colouring Book Project. VONA/Voices. NFB [word to Yves Ma]. SafeTeen. Asian Arts Freedom School. Las Dos Brujas [word to Cristina García]. Ashok Mathur & CiCAC Press for publishing carving ashes.