+San Diego City College Social Justice and Education Conference and So Say We All present VAMP (Visual Audio Monologue Performance)
VAMP wake up! Spring 2021 It is the work of our lives to hold space for this anti-racist ritual of listening to each other, of realizing how much connects us, no matter how different our lived experiences. These stories are from our beautifully diverse community: Native, Chamorro, Thai, queer, poor, Black, young, middle-aged, bi-national. They will also wake us up: to the gifts, losses, and truths of chosen and inherited family; to wanderlust and seeing the world; to anti-Black brutality as a young child; to what matters when a mom is dying; to shenanigans in another country; to family separation & resiliency. Professor Trissy McGhee and I had the honor and inimitable joy to work with SD City College students, produced and hosted by So Say We All, to share their true stories on the theme, “Wake Up!”
March 24, 2021–livestreamed on Twitch. Here is the YouTube with closed captioning:
+”Washed and Worn” co-written piece by Ella & Chris Baron. Chris and I offered this recorded reading as part of Filipinx American History Month 2020, a virtual presentation for San Diego State Univ.’s APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Resource Center. We read an adapted version from an essay previously published in Lavanderia: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Words.
+San Diego State University (SDSU) MFA 30th Anniversary Celebration (Verbatim Books). The energy of this space! The whole wall of books! (And if you can get lost in their store FULL of used, rare, and new books…ahh, such magic!)
+Skin Story: A Homecoming
This is one of the photos as part of professional photographer, Rachel Liu’s project called, “Homecoming.” For me, coming home means the salt-water healing of the Pacific, dancing hula, and embracing all the layers of my itchy, brown skin as an Asian American child of immigrants. Find more of Rachel Liu’s powerful work here.
+Sariling Atin: We Are Our Stories, Mesa College & Kapwa Learning Community 2017, 2019, 2020
San Diego Mesa College and the Kapwa Learning Community host Filipinx American storytellers during Filipino American History Month (FAHM) in October. I savor these totes enchanting, hilarious, dynamic ‘n diasporic beauties each year I’m hashtagblessed to join.
+San Diego Writers, Ink: Second Sunday Author Series: Women’s Voices, Women’s Stories. A Collaboration of the Women’s Museum of California and San Diego Writers, Ink. The Women’s Museum, Barracks 16, Liberty Station, April 9, 2017
A Little Hula with the Prose!
Thank you to all the storytellers that added life and dimension to the day: Chris Baron, Jeana Ka’ala Ka’io Mahlangeni-Byndon, Vanessa Llamas Mateus Teri Leinaala Perez Rod and the beautiful choreography of Makani Kai Polynesian Dance Troupe!
Here is a taste of the hula
+”Sariling Atin: We Are Our Stories” 2014
Performances from the November 2014 Filipino American storytelling showcase, “Sariling Atin: We Are Our Stories.” Filmed at the San Diego Central Downtown Library. Special thanks to Erwin Magbanua. For upcoming shows and opportunities to participate and donate, visit So Say We All. [Content Warning: use of the “N” word]
+Ella with Kathy Khang, 100 years ago (give or take)
+Based On…A Literary Journal: an Interview with Ella deCastro Baron (2014)
+Grossmont College’s 14th Annual Literary Arts Festival (2010)