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
Press)

 

Fiction

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)

 

Poetry

Delivered, by Sarah Gambito (Persea)

Doveglion: Collected Poems, by José Garcia Villa (Penguin
Classics)

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)

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and two chapbooks, Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts) and Subways (Thrush Press; see WLT, Nov. 2009, 25). Recent works have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Best of the Net, Copper Nickel, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. He co-founded Kundiman (kundiman.org), a nonprofit organization serving Asian American writers and readers.

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