Reading and book signing by poet Eugene Gloria

Sightseer in This Killing City
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Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), Arkipelago Books and the Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library present

Poetry reading and book signing by Eugene Gloria, "Sightseer in This Killing City"

Sightseer in this Killing City

About Sightseer in This Killing City

A fourth collection from a prize-winning poet whose “gift is breathtaking” (Naomi Shihab Nye)

Eugene Gloria’s Sightseer in This Killing City captures the surreal and disorienting feelings of the present. In the wake of recent presidential elections in the United States and in the Philippines, Gloria’s latest collection sharpens his obsession with arrivals and departures, gun violence, displacement, cultural legacy, and the bitter divisions in America. Through the voice of Nacirema, the central persona of the collection, we are introduced to a character who chooses mystery and inhabits landscapes fraught with beauty and brutality. Gloria quotes melodies from seventies soul and jazz, blending the urban lament of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane with the idiom of Stevie Wonder and Fela Kuti. Sightseer in this Killing City is an argument for grace and perseverance in an era of bombast and bullies.

Books will be available for purchase.

About the Author

Eugene GloriaProfessor Eugene Igloria was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in San Francisco. He was educated at San Francisco State University, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Oregon. His first collection of poetry, Drivers at the Short-Time Motel, was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and also won the Asian American Literary Award. Gloria is also the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant, a Poetry Society of America award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at DePauw University and lives in Greencastle, Indiana.

This event is free and open to the public.


Sponsored by the Filipino American Center.

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