Here are our participants for the writing workshop in FALL/WINTER 2012!

Mg Roberts: “Through this workshop I hope to make connections with other writers who share similar experiences of displacement and belonging. Also, I hope to gain a better insight into my current project which focuses on writing the hybrid mythology of becoming. Here’s my bio:

Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg Roberts teaches in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a Kundiman Fellow and MFA graduate of New College of California, where strange tricks were added to her bag. Her work has appeared and or is forthcoming in Mission and 10th, 580 Split, The New Delta Review, Web Conjunctions, and KQED’s Writers’ Block, among others. If she were not a poet she would be a snake handler, or maybe just a good speller.”

Trishia Salindong: “I’ve been trying to get a regular schedule going with my writing now that I finally have something to say (self-diagnosed Writer’s Block for the past 4-5 years) and want to better represent myself as a woman, more specifically as a woman of color.”

Tina Bartolome: “I am a SF native and queer daughter of working-class immigrants from the Philippines and Switzerland. I write poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. My work is included in the anthology Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice (Carayan Press). My solidarity with people’s struggles for self-determination has taken me to the Philippines, Cuba and Guåhan (Guam) with a steady commitment to return to the Bay to facilitate radical spaces for young people of color to raise their skills and voices for making social change. I currently work at the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) in Oakland and am equal parts dialectic materialist, astrologist and dancehall crasher.

I am hungry for writing community that embraces the challenge of writing to spark the political imagination and would use this valueable time and space to work on my collection of short stories in progress called Country of Islands, Country of Subways.

Chris Guevarra: “I’m an political organizer with Anakabayan East Bay and also a aspiring filmmaker/editor. As a filmmaker, and more specifically an editor, telling a strong, compelling story is crucial.  I believe that film is a great way to serve the people and I’d like to take this workshop to develop my storytelling voice.”

Megan Zapanta: “I’m with ABEB and I’d really like to have more enforced creative time.”

Justine Santos: “Too many stories are untold. I can’t wait for this project to unfold!”

Christopher Datiles: “I am a queer Pinoy educator that is currently working at a Family Resource Center in American Canyon, CA; a small city right in between Vallejo and Napa.

Before moving back home, I was an Ethnic Studies Undergrad at UC San Diego. There I participated in and worked with a transition program for low-income first generation college students, organized with the Kamalayan Kollective (a political, people-centered, feminist student org), and helped start our student initiated outreach center.

Art and Activism was a crucial piece to my growth as an undergrad. It facilitated healing, consciousness and movement. However, it has been difficult to find similar spaces since my move back home.

Through the Political Content & Engagement Writing Workshop, I hope to take steps to improve and commit to my craft, engage in an empowering space, and help strengthen ways I can work with youth and my community.”

Marjorie Bartolome: “Since I am taking a semester off, I have time to do a lot of my hobbies. I love to write poetry and perform. It’s even a better thing to create a piece after being inspired from organizations such as these. I want to take the opportunity.”

Kathleen Gutierrez: “AB member and extra supportive of progressive cultural work.”

Joshua Castro: “Oakland resident since 2010
SFSU Alumni – BA Asian American Studies / Sociology
Former member of League of Filipino Students – SFSU
Regional staff of BAYAN-USA-NORCAL

I’m taking this workshop to improve my writing abilities for blogging and writing press statements.”

Teresita Bautista: “I have taught history, culture and current concerns of Filipinos in the U.S. I curated the exhibit “We Are America: Resistance and Resilience”, a 100-yr timeline of Filipinos and their struggle for civil rights n the 20th century, currently at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, links at oacc.cc and filipinos4justice.org.  As an educator and community organizer, I integrated ethnic studies in my work with Asian new arrivals and In ESL classes with literacy level Spanish speakers.”

Katie Joaquin: “Filipino worker organizer, member of the ND struggle that saved my life, avid fan of music, film, food & vintage treasures. Writing is a transformative outlet and a powerful weapon, particularly when aligned with peoples’ movements on the ground. Excited to take this workshop in that context. Also, the ND anthology excites me and I want to support that project in anyway possible.  (Due to schedule conflicts, I’ll only be able to make it to 11/4 workshop).”

Mylene Cahambing: “Former healthworker wanting to improve writing skills and discipline.”

Lyle Prijoles: “My name is Lyle Prijoles. I am a member of the League of Filipino Students at SFSU and the National Solidarity Officer for Anakbayan-USA. I used to creatively write when I was younger and I would like to get back into it. I believe writing is a very powerful tool in expressing the different aspect of our lives, including the struggle and hardships of our people/ communities. I would also like to meet other youth organizers from around the Bay Area.”

Amelia Vergel de Dios: “Hey, I’m Amelia, a member of Anakbayan Silicon Valley. I like to write and share my poetry, but I have not been able to write much lately. When I write poetry, I like to include political themes and some sort of story that people can relate to. It has been 2 months since I came back from the Philippines exposure trip and I would like to write more about the experience while it’s still pretty fresh in my mind and heart. In addition, I want to do more cultural work with ABSV and with that, propagate the ND movement in our area. I would also like to try writing other types of literary genres. I am eager to step up my writing game, develop my critical thinking, and connect with other dope folks!”

Marygrace Burns: “I am a 1.5 Pinay queer poet-educator pursuing an MFA degree from Mills College. As a Bay Area transplant by way of the Central Valley, I am still struggling to find my identity and a community that has the same passion for stories and education as me. I have been teaching with Pinoy/Pinay Educational Partnerships for the last 7 years and have worked with students from elementary to university age. Often times we ask the students to interrogate their lives and map out their intersectionalities. I feel this workshop would allow me to interrogate my own life, allowing me to teach transparently and to gain a writing community.”

Mar Schupp: “Writing is a form of resiliency since I was in elementary school. I’m interested in applying my narrative as a political tool within movement work and hopefully re-inspiring my creative work. In general, I tend to write poetry or create spoken word pieces that rarely are performed. I hope to change this last part soon!”