10/15/10 UCLA: Casting A Literary Net: New Chamorro Writing,

if you live in the area, it would be great to see you!

Casting a Literary Net: New Chamorro Writing

UCLA, Friday, October 15, 2010

12:00-2:00pm, 193 Humanities Building

Please join us for a book launch and an afternoon of reading from the Pacific

Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam), is the co-founder of Achiote Press and author of two poetry books: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina] (Omnidawn Publishing, 2010). He received the Poets & Writers California Writer’s Exchange Award in 2010 and co-edited the anthology Chamoru Childhood. He earned an MFA from the University of San Francisco and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Tanya Chargualaf Taimanglo is the author of the children’s book, Sirena: A Mermaid Legend from Guam and Attitude 13: A Daughter of Guam’s Collection of Short Stories (authorhouse.com / 2010). Her father is the late Siñot Tedy Gamboa Chargualaf. Tanya is of Chamorro and Korean descent. Her mother and two brothers still reside on Guam. Tanya graduated in 1992 from George Washington High School and the University of Guam in 1996. She enjoyed her eight-year career on Guam as an English/Creative Writing teacher at John F. Kennedy High School. She collaborated with her brother, Sonny K. Chargualaf on the art for both publications. Tanya has had work featured in Latte Magazine (Chirika’s Pepper Plant), University of Guam’s Storyboard 6 and articles in Guam business magazines. She received the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award in 2000 and 2002. Her short story, Yes, I Am., will be included in an anthology featuring Pacific Islander writers in 2011, USO’s on Freeways. Tanya resides in southern California with her husband and their son and daughter. She volunteers with the non-profit organization, CHE’LU, Inc., which strives to promote the Chamorro culture through education.

Alison Taimanglo Cuasay is the native Chamorro author of the children’s book, Tasi & Matina: The Story of the First Clown Fish.  She attended the University of Northern Colorado where she earned her BA in Psychology with minors in Multi-Cultural Anthropology and Military Science.  Her public presentations include the Conference of the Inter Mountain Coalition of Asian-Pacific American Students at the University of Utah: Recognizing the Distinction Between Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans in the US and The UNC Presidential Research Presentation: The Political Status of Guam.  Alison is an eight-year Army Veteran and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  She is currently attending National University and is projected to earn her BS in Nursing to work as a registered nurse in November 2010.

Light refreshments will be served

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Department, the Office of Instructional Development, and the Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium


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