5th Filipino American International Book Festival

On 12 and 13 October 2019, Ivy Alvarez features at the 5th Filipino American International Book Festival, held at the San Francisco Public Library, alongside Filipino and Filipino American authors Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, and Leny Strobel.

Thanks to Paloma Press (comprising editors Aileen Cassinetto and C. Sophia Ibardaloza) for publishing Diaspora: Volume L; the Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) for inviting Ivy Alvarez to attend; and to the Philippine American Literary House and other organisations for making this festival possible.

Isang Mundo (One World): Humanity, Diversity, and Resistance in the Arts

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Event description: In celebration of Filipino American History Month, the San Francisco Public Library hosts the bi-annual Filipino American International Book Festival. The all-ages festival showcases Filipino talent in literature and other art media. Revellers can attend film screenings, literary workshops, panels and lectures. Throughout the festival, books are available for purchase, and book-signings are offered by authors in attendance. All events held at the Public Library culminate in a balagtasan, a poetic joust that is unique to the Phillippines.

The Festival’s theme is “Isang Mundó: Humanity, Diversity, and Resistance in the Arts”. Isang Mundó means One World.

On Saturday, 12 October, Ivy Alvarez participates in two group events and one book signing.

KORET AUDITORIUM
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
“If You Want to Know What We Are”*
[*Title of a poem by Carlos Bulosan].
—Panelists: Angelo R. Lacuesta, Ivy Alvarez, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, R. Zamora Linmark, Randy Ribay, Yves Lamson. Moderator: Lily Ann Villaraza

EASTWIND BOOK SIGNING
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room
1:30 PM
Ivy Alvarez (author of Diaspora: Volume L)

HORMEL CENTER, 3RD FLOOR
4:00 – 5:15 PM
Filipinx Diasporic Poetry
Authors read from their work followed by a Q&A.
—Authors: Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Ivy Alvarez, Cristina Querrer, Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo, Jason Bayani, Jan-Henry Gray, Eugene Gloria
Moderator: Karen Llagas

Media and blog mentions

Before the Festival, Ivy Alvarez reads her work at Pssst!!! It’s Pilipinx Lit Night! Prose, Poetry, atbp, in the Pilipinx American Diaspora, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., John Daly Library, 134 Hillside Blvd. Daly City, CA 94014. This is a free event.

Nominated

Theresa Senato Edwards, editor of the American Poetry Journal, recently nominated Ivy Alvarez’s poem, Nagkabuhul-buhol ang hininga, for both the Best of the Net, and The Orison anthologies. Fantastic news!

Disturbance, the musical

DISTURBANCE, a musical scored by Tony Award-winning producer Mark Ferris and based on Ivy Alvarez’s verse novel that explores the impact of domestic violence, premieres at Musicasa in Tokyo on 2 July 2019, and runs to 4 July 2019.

Please visit the website to learn more, including a full interview with Ms Alvarez. Here’s an excerpt:

How does it feel to see your work adapted for the stage? 

Incredibly surreal! That this could be a possibility for my poetry is not something I could have foreseen. Truly, it’s a thrill and privilege.

Read the rest here.

Below are rehearsal photos from the show.

Media and blog coverage