“Cranes & Caravans” was part of Chicago’s first APIDA Arts Festival in May of 2023.
Presented with Banyan: Asian American Arts Collective at the Goodman Theater.


As the world renews, families and flocks bask in the sunshine and migrate in search of robust lives and good eats. The poem “Cranes & Caravans” was inspired by some noisy, high-flying neighbors and how much they reminded me of my family caravans across America. Did we bring a rice cooker? Why, yes, o-o. Of course!

Fall 2023 – Dear Human on the Edge of Time

This September, tag-pula-nang-dahon-nang-maple, as maple leaves begin fading to crimson, the anthology Dear Human on the Edge of Time: Poems on Climate Change in the United States will be published (Paloma Press). Edited by poets laureate emerita Luisa A. Igloria, Aileen Cassinetto, and Dr. Jeremy Hoffman. The anthology is designed to humanize climate change and will drop the same time the Fifth National Climate Assessment report goes to Congress. I’m joyful that my poem “Feast” is part of this compassionate project alongside the pieces of poets I admire like Aimee Nezhukumatathil and current U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States Ada Limón.

“Feast” : My Filipino American family faces a swarm of mosquito mamas during a sweltering backyard reunion.