Tuesday, November 11, 2014


"STORM: A TYPHOON HAIYAN RECOVERY PROJECT" is curated by Johanna F. Almiron and J. Lorenzo Perillo, November 2014 for the Center for Art and Thought.  VTY contributor Janice Sapigao read her poem “An Invocation After Typhoon Haiyan” during their fundraiser event on Nov. 8, 2015.  

Her poem is also posted on the Center for Art and Thought's website HERE.

The Center for Art and Thought is an educational, arts & entertainment, and charity organization.  Their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-Art-and-Thought/219498038124805

Monday, November 10, 2014


We are pleased to share that the latest recipient of funds raised from sales of VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA is the Center for Babaylan Studies (CfBS).

CfBS will work with providing relief to Haiyan survivors, specifically working with Panay Bukidnon communities devastated by the typhoon, in conjunction with the relief efforts of Sonoma County, CA.

We thank CfBS for their ongoing outreach to various communities around the world, including those affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA was part of the books discussed and presented by Eileen Tabios at this event:

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San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco
Koret Auditorium

BABAYLAN: A Roundtable Discussion of Bay Area Filipino Women Writers

Eileen R. Tabios joined other Pinay writers sharing narratives in progress and talking  about the importance of the Bay Area for their writing and practice.  Other participants were Jean Vengua, Arlene Biala, Veronica Montes, Elsa Valmidiano and Rose Booker.  Host was Barbara Jane Reyes.

Sponsors: Philippine American Writers and Artists and SFPL.

Barbara Janes Reyes, Veronica Montes, Eileen Tabios, Elsa Valdimiano, Jean Vengua, 
Rose Booker and Arlene Biala. (Sunny Vergara's photo). Art on screen by Trinidad Escobar.

PAWA founder Ed Lozada and Lisa at book table which featured, among others, SUN STIGMATATHE AWAKENING and VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA

Long-time activist Terry Bautista with a copy of VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA!

Arlene Biala and Barbara Jane Reyes--something about the Giants...

Eileen was also moved to meet Amy Pabalan who was apparently published for the first time when I accepted one of her poems for VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA -- it's always special to midwife that first publication.

Thanks as well to Mitch Yangson who curates the Filipino American Center for the San Francisco Public Library.