There are so many things to celebrate in October! Today, The Frost Place honors Filipino American History Month.
We’ve asked a special friend of The Frost Place, Angela Narciso Torres, to curate a recommended reading list of Filipinx authors’ work for us:
Filipino Americans comprise the second largest Asian American group in the nation and the third largest ethnic group in California. According to the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), “The celebration of Filipino American History Month commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when ‘Luzones Indios’ came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States.”
Here are some recommended Filipino-American titles to add to your reading list this October:
- Marianne Chan, All Heathens. Sarabande, 2019
- Jan-Henry Gray, Documents. BOA Editions 2018
- Luisa A. Igloria, Maps for Migrants and Ghosts, Southern Illinois U Press, 2020
- Barbara Jane Reyes, Letters to a Young Brown Girl. BOA Editions, 2020
- Donna Miscolta, Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories from Jaded Ibis Press in 2020
- Veronica Montes, The Conquered Sits at the Bus Stop, Waiting. Black Lawrence Press, 2020
- Marianne Villanueva, The Lost Language. Anvil Publishing 2009
- M. Evelina Galang, Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War. Northwestern University Press 2017
- Grace Talusan, The Body Papers. Restless Books, 2019
- Elsa Valmidiano, We Are No Longer Babaylan. New Rivers Press, 2020.
Filipino-American poet Angela Narciso Torres is the author of Blood Orange (winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry), To the Bone (Sundress Publications, 2020), and What Happens is Neither (Four Way Books, 2021). Recent work appears in POETRY, Missouri Review, and Quarterly West. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. She won the 2019 Yeats Poetry Prize (W.B. Yeats Society of New York) and was named one of NewCityLit‘sChicago Lit 50 in 2016. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she serves as a senior and reviews editor for RHINO Poetry. She lives in Southern California.