Filipino-American Writing: A Recommended Booklist


Nonfiction, Memoir & Anthologies

America Is in the Heart, by Carlos Bulosan (University of
Washington Press)

Eye of the Fish, by Luis Francia (Kaya Press)

In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines, by
Stanley Karnow (Random House)

PinoyPoetics, ed. Nick Carbó (Meritage Press)

Prehistoric Philippines, by Ambeth R. Ocampo (Anvil)

Returning a Borrowed Tongue, ed. Nick Carbó (Coffee
House Press)

Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work,
by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, 2nd ed. (Stanford University



The Bamboo Dancers, by N. V. M. Gonzalez (Bookmark)

Dogeaters, by Jessica Hagedorn (Penguin Classics)

Gun Dealers’ Daughter, by Gina Apostol (W. W. Norton)

In the Country, by Mia Alvar (Alfred A. Knopf)

Monstress, by Lysley Tenorio (Ecco/HarperCollins)

My Sad Republic, by Eric Gamalinda (University of the
Philippines Press)

Noli Me Tángere, by José Rizal (Penguin Classics)

Scent of Apples, by Bienvenido Santos (University of
Washington Press)

The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic, by Nick Joaquín (Penguin Classics)



Delivered, by Sarah Gambito (Persea)

Doveglion: Collected Poems, by José Garcia Villa (Penguin

The Highest Hiding Place, by Lawrence Lacamba Ypil
(Ateneo de Manila University Press)

Object Permanence, by Hossannah Asuncion (Magic
Helicopter Press)

October Light, by Jeff Tagami (Kearney Street Workshop)

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago (CavanKerry Press) and the chapbooks Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). He co-founded Kundiman and guest-edited the Philippine-American lit section in the March 2018 issue of WLT.