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Sun Stigmata gets in your eye…

Poet and conceptual artist Eileen Tabios’ new book, Sun Stigmata: Sculpture Poems, is now available through Marsh Hawk Press. And do read her long poem, “I forgot the Binary of Refugees Vs. Art” here in the Fall 2014 issue of Local Nomad. Yes, we like “disturbing.”

Eileen Tabios is a genre-exploding, subversive, transgressive, superbly intelligent writer who I think thrives on the idea of hybridity. …she can be intent on blurring the lines between art and the everyday, not unlike, for me, the emblematic metaphor in William Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch
.—Burt Kimmelman, Poet’s House Introduction, 2007

This post is part of the thread: Filipina/o American Writing – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

To-do list

Well, first I have to set up and host a pop-up museum exhibit in the John Steinbeck Library in Salinas (this Saturday, 2–5pm). And then, yes, (although I have lots of other things on my to-do list, as well) I will finally have time to work on this Fall issue of Local Nomad, which I am determined to get up and running by October 31 — Halloween!

In honor of that hallowed day, here is a photo of the local residents of San Juan Bautista performing their “Thriller” parade for Halloween/Dia de los Muertos:

Dia de los Muertos_SJuan Bautista Thriller_photo by JeanVengua

This post is part of the thread: Writing/Publishing – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

There’ll be some changes made…

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So, this website is going through a transition right now, and you’ll be seeing some changes. I’ve just been going through a phase of asking myself, “Why am I doing what I’m doing?” and “What would I rather do?” That sort of thing. Since I’m now on the Board of A.C.E. (Asian Cultural Experience group), and much of my free time is devoted to planning and development of the Salinas Chinatown Cultural Center and Museum, you’ll see more community-centered museum/culture-related stuff here (I’m going through a big learning curve; it’s exciting and fun), and also more posts relating to my other two passions: art and writing (especially poetry), and more rarely, on ethnic media history (especially Filipina/o American media history), which really gets my research geek on; most of my writing on that on that topic is found at www.commonwealthcafe.info/