FilAm Web Banner (1).png

Performance: A Celebration of Filipino American Poetry

Monday, 10/4/2021
7:00 - 8:00

Barbara Jane Reyes, author and poet, curates an evening of poetry celebrating the Filipino American experience. Featuring Jason Magabo Perez, Pamela K. Santos and Charles Valle.


Watch on YouTube. 


Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2020). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the author of five previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry, To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015) and Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017).

Connect: Barbara Jane Reyes WebsiteBarbara Jane Reyes - InstagramBarbara Jane Reyes - Twitter


Jason Magabo Perez is a writer, performer, teacher and scholar. Perez is the author of Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Recipient of an NEA Challenge America Grant, and recent Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Art and Thought (CA+T), Perez has been a featured performer at notable venues such as National Asian American Theatre Festival, International Conference of the Philippines, La Jolla Playhouse and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Perez works as Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University San Marcos, and serves as the inaugural Community Arts Fellow at Bulosan Center and Associate Editor for Ethnic Studies Review. 

Connect: Jason Magabo Perez - Website | Jason Magabo Perez - Twitter


Pamela K. Santos is a Pinayorker writer and artist creating multilingual narratives on diasporic identity and hyphenated selves. Santos co-founded Portland’s first Winter Poetry Festival and currently curates the Sari Not Sari installation series. A 2019 recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship, her poetry appears in Tayo Magazine, Anomaly, Newtown Literary, Stoked Words and the Unchaste Anthology.

Connect: Pamela K. Santos - WebsitePamela K. Santos - Twitter


Charles Valle was born in Manila, Philippines, and immigrated to California when he was seven years old. He holds an AS in Chemistry from Saddleback College, a BA in English from University of California, Irvine and an MFA in Poetry from University of Notre Dame. Since 2006, he has served as one of the Poetry Editors at FENCE Magazine. Charles currently resides in Portland, OR, where he works as a Change Manager for Nike as well as serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). His first book, Proof of Stake, will be published by Fonograf Editions later this year.

Connect: Charles Valle - Twitter

Engage with your favorite writers and discover your next read.

Connect to engaging discussions and performances related to the Filipino American community.

Programs designed to celebrate the art of the poem, including readings and talks.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Attending Programs

Questions about the program or problems registering? Contact For accommodations (such as ASL interpretation or captioning), call (415) 557-4400 or contact Requesting at least 72 hours in advance will help ensure availability.

Public Notice and Disclaimer

This program uses a third-party website link. By clicking on the third-party website link, you will leave SFPL's website and enter a website not operated by SFPL. This service may collect personally identifying information about you, such as name, username, email address, and password. This service will treat the information it collects about you pursuant to its own privacy policy. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of each third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact through our Library services. For more information about these third-party links, please see the section of SFPL’s Privacy Policy describing Links to Other Sites.

The views and opinions expressed in programs presented by groups unaffiliated with SFPL do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SFPL or the City.