Please join us for Pinay HERstories!

Pinay HERstories 2009!

Pinay HERstories 2009! (Click to enlarge!)

FiRE NYC’s 2nd Annual Open House
Pinay HERstories: “The Myth of the Perfect Pinay”
Fri., Jan. 9th, 2009, @ 7 pm
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., New York, NY
F or V to 2nd Avenue (between Stanton and Rivington Streets)
Suggested donation of $5-$10 Sliding Scale

There are a number of instances when our stories, as women, as Filipinas, are lost and relegated to the outskirts of history. Pinay HERstories hopes to reclaim the Filipina/ Filipina-American narrative by collecting fragments of the shared Pinay experience.  Join us for a night of readings and performances with local Pinay artists who undo “The Myth of the Perfect Pinay.”


Isis Arias is a proud member of FiRE! Her grandparents are from Samar but mom was reared in Brooklyn. Bronx born, Brooklyn & Queens raised, she attended Montclair HS in NJ and continued on to Rutgers University. College was an important time for Isis’ cultural growth and she went on to run the Douglass Asian Women’s Association where she spent a lot of time in poetry sects and hosting events. She has been published in the Douglass and Rutgers literary journals. Isis is alumni to the Tagalog On Site program ’05 and sites the trip as one of her most ‘spiritual experiences’. She’s currently a music publicist for a major label and works events.

Hossannah Asuncion is a Kundiman fellow and a graduate of the creative writing program at Sarah Lawrence. She is currently writing about loss in Brooklyn.

Marie Avetria is a Filipina writer and sometime spoken word poet, born and raised in Jersey City, NJ.  She has performed on various stages along the East Coast. She has worked with arts, education, and community organizations in Boston, the Bay Area, Jersey, and NYC, all of which she’s called home at one time or another. She likes moving. During the day she can be found working at an education nonprofit in New York, saving the kids one grant proposal at a time. She dislikes coming up with her bio but her poems come from the heart. Or the voices in her head. Wherever.

Kimmie David likes getting her hands dirty, fellow femmes, office supplies, color-coordinating, and reclaiming her geekiness. She is a born-and-raised Queens grrl, a founding member of FiRE, and a collective member/co-owner of Bluestockings in the Lower East Side.

Laurel Fantauzzo has written for New York Magazine Online, Associated Press, and Go Magazine. She grew up in Ventura County, California, attended UC Santa Cruz and Sarah Lawrence College for undergad, and is a 2007 graduate of Tagalog On Site. Currently Laurel lives in Brooklyn and is the Assistant Editor for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

Sarah Gambito is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books) and Delivered (Persea 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. A recipient of grants and
fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony, she is Assistant Professor and
Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a nonprofit company that promotes Asian American poetry.

Sara Jimenez is a Canadian-Filipina artist, illustrator, and organizer. She graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in Philosphy and Spanish. Currently living in New York, she has been organizing with FiRE the past year and a half, and is working towards creating socially conscious art.

Jackelyn Mariano, better known as Jackie, is proud to have been born and raised in one of the most predominantly Filipino neighborhoods of New York City – Elmhurst, Queens.  She is currently an undergraduate student at Hunter College of the City University of New York, double majoring in social justice movements and media studies.  She gets her creative juices flowing through writing, and has performed her work, ranging from contemplative poetry to observational comedy, at numerous open mics throughout NYC and New Jersey.  She has been organizing within the Filipino community of NYC since December 2007.  She now serves as the External Educational Discussion Director of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), learning while teaching at various workshops and conferences.  Jackie thanks the strong, intelligent, and independent women of her family – Mamang, Nanay, and the sisters of Tres Marias – for reminding her daily of the beauties and blessings of being a woman.

Hanalei Ramos is a writer, performer, and community educator. She has toured around the nation to various college and university campuses as a spoken word artist. Hanalei has authored Letters to Martha,, a personal testimony to her firsthand experiences with domestic violence, and published her first collection of poetry and prosetry, Foiled Stars. Hanalei developed her first one-woman show, Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know, through the generosity of the Asian Arts Initiative, which was performed at the first ever National Asian American Theater Festival. Most recently, Hanalei and Jiny Ung were named fellows for Project Rowhouses (Houston, TX). Hanalei is a proud founding member of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) and lives and works in her native Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Rowena Cruz is a writer living in NYC.  She was born in the Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and reinvented herself in New Orleans.  She holds a BA in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz.  After 12 years working in the private sector, she decided to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University.  Rowena is currently working on a collection of essays titled, “In Search of Manila Village,” about her travels across all 50 United States.


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