Join us at Lit Crawl San Francisco where writers Danny Thanh Nguyen, Ploy Pirapokin, Terisa Siagatonu, and Janice Sapigao will explore the wet map and disintegration.
Danny Thanh Nguyen is the editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese American art and literature, and is the former fiction editor of Indiana Review. His stories and personal essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Hyphen Magazine, and The Full Spectrum. Danny is currently a Kundiman Fiction Fellow.
Ploy Pirapokin's work is featured in Griffith Review, Hyphen, Asia Literary Review, Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong, and Transfer Magazine.
Terisa Siagatonu is an award winning poet, arts educator, community organizer, and mental health advocate born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her presence in the spoken word world as a queer Samoan womyn and activist has granted her opportunities to perform in places ranging from the White House to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France. A recipient of President Obama’s Champion of Change Award (2012) for her activism as a spoken word poet/organizer in her Pacific Islander community, Terisa's writing blends the personal with the political in a way that calls for healing, courage, justice, and truth. Her work has been featured on Button Poetry, CNN, NBCNews, NPR, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Button Poetry, The Guardian, BuzzFeed and Upworthy. She is currently a member of the 2017 Root Slam Poetry Slam Team representing Oakland, and helped her team place 5th in the Nation at the 2017 National Poetry Slam competition. When she's not competing, she is coaching college and youth poetry slam teams and working as the Senior Poet Mentor at Youth Speaks, mentoring young writers through writing and performance classes. Terisa is also involved in community organizing and is one of the co-creators of The Root Slam, an open mic/poetry slam venue based in Oakland, CA.
Janice Lobo Sapigao is a Pinay poet, writer, and educator from San Jose, CA. She is the author of two books of poetry: microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017). She is also the author of the chapbook toxic city (tinder tender press, 2015). She is a VONA/Voices Fellow and was awarded a Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. She is the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. Her work is also published in online publications such as The Offing, KQED Arts, CCM-Entropy, the Asian American Writers' Workshop's The Margins, and AngryAsianMan.com, among others. She was a reviewer for The Volta Blog and Jacket2. She earned he B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors, and she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar at UC San Diego. She earned her M.F.A. in Critical Studies/Writing at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She co-founded an open mic in Los Angeles called the Sunday Jump and was a Finalist in the Katipunan Poetry Slam. She is an alumna of Naropa University's Summer Writing Program. She enjoys playing with stuffed animals, listening to hip hop, and running. She teaches English at two community colleges in the Bay Area.