PAWA Arkipelago Reading Series 11/07/09 FREE (San Francisco)

Please join us for the next reading in the PAWA Arkipelago Reading Series

Where: The Bayanihan Center 1010 Mission Street @ 6th Street, San Francisco

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Who: Writers Justin Chin, Sarah Gambito, and Marianne Vilanueva. Musical guests Myrna del Río and Bo Razon.

This event is free and open to the public!

Justin Chin is the author of three books of poetry and three books of essays. His most recent poetry collection, Gutted (Manic D Press), received the Publishing Triangle's 2007 Thom Gunn Award for Poetry.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She is Assistant Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham university and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit company that promotes Asian American poetry.

Marianne Villanueva has published three collections of short fiction: Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila (Calyx Press) Mayor of the Roses (Miami University Press) and The Lost Language (published 2009 by Anvil Press of the Philippines). She has been shortlisted for the O. Henry Literature Prize and nominated for the Pushcart. Most recently, she was a finalist for the 2009 Annual Donald Barthelme Fiction Prize. Her recent work has been published in The Chattahoochee Review, Cafe Irreal, The Santa Fe Writers Project, Isotope and The White Whale Review.

Singing in English, Spanish, and French, Myrna Del Rio is a show-stopping singer capable of delivering heart-felt ballads, boleros, and blues that really swing. She was a featured vocalist in renowned drummer Francis Clay's band, Syncopation, and was also a member of Domingo & Friends, a popular Rhythm & Blues and Soul band led by Domingo Balinton. Ms. Del Río was featured in the 1st and 2nd Annual Jazz Las Casas Festival and at the 3rd Annual Festival Internacional de Jazz in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico in 2004 and received rave reviews in the press.

Bo Razon completed Master Classes in Cuban Music and Folklore at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba in 1997. He has performed with major international and local artists; given seminars, workshops and clinics in Afro-Latin music theory and applications; written numerous magazine articles and has written scripts and directed programs and documentaries for television and public media. He released a cd of original music in 1998 entitled "Biyahero" under BMG Records Pilipinas.

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