Who We Are

Writers, artists, political activists.

Here are the organizations involved with our political content & engagement writing workshop:

ANAKBAYAN East Bay is a comprehensive national democratic mass organization of Filipino youth and students in the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a chapter of ANAKBAYAN Philippines, ANAKBAYAN East Bay stands in solidarity with the youth and peoples’ movements for genuine National Democracy in the Philippines. Our organization upholds the interest and demands of the Filipino Youth and the people by  (1) engaging, organizing, and mobilizing the youth and students in the East Bay around the collective interests of poor and working-class Filipino communities living in the United States and  (2) linking these struggles to the popular campaigns for jobs, land, education, civil, and political rights, and social services waged by youth in the Philippines.

TAYO Literary Magazine is dedicated to the creation, cultivation, and promotion of Filipino and Filipino American arts and culture. Our mission as a community arts organization is to advance the understanding of the diverse cultural identity of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans. We produce an annual arts and literary publication, a bi-monthly online magazine, and build community through our readings and networking events.

PAWA (Philippine American Writers & Artists, Inc.) is a Northern California based nonprofit organization duly registered with the State of California and U.S. Federal Government. Organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes, 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. Our objectives are the following: (1) to encourage the writing of Phiippine and Philippine American literature and the arts among its members; (2) to create literature and the arts venue for the members; (3) to encourage and support Filipino-American writers and artists in their creative efforts of bringing and actively disseminating Filipino culture to various levels of readership audiences; and (4) to institute a forum to bridge the linkages between authors, artists and book publishers.

Mills College| English Graduate Program is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant literary scene with access to a rich tradition of intellectual innovation. The Bay Area’s diverse literary and art communities have long nurtured our MA program in English and American literature, founded in 1920, and the MFA in creative writing (poetry and prose), founded in 1980. In 2009, Mills became the first college to offer the MFA in book art and creative writing.