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)

OURS

I'm excited to kick off the new year with a new (and free) short story for you all to read thanks to the awesome folks at Foreshadow! The story is titled "Ours" and I'm not exactly certain how to categorize the genre. Maybe YA Filipinx American contemporary horror/paranormal? I don't know. I don't want to give … Continue reading OURS

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS COVER REVEAL + CHAPTER ONE!

A little over a week ago, Paste Magazine hosted the cover reveal for my next book, After the Shot Drops which comes out on March 6, 2017 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I might be biased, but I'm all about it! The designer (whose name I don't know yet) did an amazing job of creating some beautiful imagery … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS COVER REVEAL + CHAPTER ONE!

BUSY OVER AT BN.COM

Ahoy hoy, everyone! Sorry for the radio silence on the blog as of late. It's mostly because I'm back to teaching so have like five minutes of free time a day now. But I wanted to share a couple of exciting book things... AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES made Barnes & Noble Teen's top … Continue reading BUSY OVER AT BN.COM

INFINITE BOOK TRAILER

At long last, check out the trailer for AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES created by my own talented brother and featuring music from Kishi Bashi! Pre-order the book at Indiebound, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Check out my playlist for the book here.

INFINITE PLAYLIST

I've been thinking about the soundtrack for AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES for a LONG time. I love music, and it plays a big part in my writing process, so I wanted to get it right. So...here it is. The YouTube and Spotify playlists links are below, or you can hang out and watch … Continue reading INFINITE PLAYLIST