Po-Comm: PAWA (Philippine American Writers & Artists, Inc)


another wonderful organization contributing to the po-comm (poetry community) is PAWA. from their website:


The Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (P.A.W.A.) 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.


To encourage the writing of Philippine and Philippine American literature and the arts among its members;

To create literature and the arts venue for the members;

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

To institute a forum to bridge the linkages between authors, artists and book publishers.


note “non-profit”. can you find the word “non-profit” on the ALC website?


besides a reading series, PAWA also holds workshops for writers. info is here. it’s not a free workshop, but it’s very affordable ($20 for students).


the next reading & info on upcoming events can be found at the PAWA blog here, edited by barbara jane reyes.

the next reading in the PAWA Arkipelago Reading Series:

Where: The Bayanihan Center 1010 Mission Street @ 6th Street, San Francisco

When: Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Who: Penélope V. Flores, Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Kevin L. Nadal, and Benito M. Vergara, Jr.

This event is free and open to the public!

Penélope V. Flores is a professor of education at San Francisco State University. She is an author, editor, and co-author of several academic and literary books, including Reflections: Readings for the Young and Old; Whisper of the Bamboo; Goodbye, Vientiane; Ethnomathematics, from the Abel to Tinalak; and The Philippine Jeepney, A Metaphor for Understanding the Filipino American Family. She has attempted to write the Great Novel– Enrique: Magellan’s slave and interpreter. It has metamorphosed into a historical novel. Lately it has shifted into a novel for young adults. Now she is convinced it would be a great children’s book.

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, he was appointed San Francisco Commissioner for Immigrant Rights and Mayor George Christopher Chair in Public Administration at Golden Gate University. He has received distinguished teaching awards from the National University of Singapore, Golden Gate University, and the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Filipino American Faith in Action: Religion, Immigration, and Civic Engagement (NYU Press), and co-editor of Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities (Duke University Press).

Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D., is the author of Filipino American Psychology. He is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in 2008. As an assistant professor of mental health counseling and psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, he has published several works focusing on Filipino American, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ issues in the fields of psychology and education. A California-bred New Yorker, he has been featured on The Filipino Channel, the History Channel, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine. For more information visit www.kevinnadal.com

Benito M. Vergara, Jr. is the author of Displaying Filipinos: Photography and Colonialism in Early 20th-Century Philippines (University of the Philippines Press), and Pinoy Capital (Temple University Press). A graduate of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, he also has an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and a PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University. He has taught in different universities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and writes about movies at http://filmeyeballsbrain.com.

future readings:

09/19/2009: Oliver de la Paz, Joseph O. Legaspi, Mari L’Esperance, and Theresa Calpotura (guitar). 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center.

10/17/2009: Writing Workshop with Luis Francia. 10 am @ the Bayanihan Community Center (register). Reading with Neela Banerjee, Luis Francia, Alejandro Murguía, and Jean Vengua. 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center.

11/07/2009: Justin Chin, Sarah Gambito, Maiana Minahal, and Marianne Villanueva. 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center.

All readings are free and open to the public.



3 thoughts on “Po-Comm: PAWA (Philippine American Writers & Artists, Inc)

  1. Hey! Thanks so much for featuring PAWA here, and of course, thank you for coming out to our last event. I'm new to this Board Member thing, but so far, am pleased with what we've been doing with the org. We're going to start planning next season's reading and workshop series (speaking of which, we should continue talking), so this ought to be exciting.

  2. thanks for all your hard work 😉 and yes, i will def email tomorrow about exciting future plans 🙂


  3. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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