2020 WALDEN AWARD FINALIST SPEECH

Delivered 11.23.2020 at the ALAN Workshop Thank you so much to the committee for selecting Patron Saints of Nothing as a finalist for the Amelia Walden Award. I know you probably read a ton of books this past year, and I know the difficulty of then having to select only 5 titles. It also means … Continue reading 2020 WALDEN AWARD FINALIST SPEECH

OUR TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH

Americans who read Patron Saints of Nothing often tell me that my story made them cry. It means a lot to me that something I’ve written moves people so deeply, but our tears are not enough.  At midnight in the Philippines on July 18, the country’s Anti-Terror Law (ATL) went into effect. Its vague language … Continue reading OUR TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH

CRITICAL LIT THEORY AS PREPARATION FOR THE WORLD (2019 ALAN WORKSHOP SPEECH)

The following is the text of the speech I delivered at the 2019 ALAN Workshop session on November 25, 2019: Thank you, Jason, for that introduction, and thank you to Steven Bickmore and ALAN for inviting me to speak today. And thank you to all of you who for some reason have not used this … Continue reading CRITICAL LIT THEORY AS PREPARATION FOR THE WORLD (2019 ALAN WORKSHOP SPEECH)

COVER REVEAL!

On Monday, Penguin Teen revealed the cover of PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING, my next book, out in June 2019 from Kokila/Penguin Random House! You can see the full cover and read an exclusive excerpt at the link above. The book tells the story of Jay Reguero, a Filipino American teen, who travels to the Philippines … Continue reading COVER REVEAL!