Barrio Fiesta: A Literary Celebration

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6:00 - 7:00 pm

Presented by Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA)

PAWA (Philippine American Writers and Artists) is partnering with Irma’s Restaurant to bring you Barrio Fiesta: a reading where five writers will share work about a celebration. The celebrations will be culinary, cultural or focused on the community. In the spirit of every good Filipino Barrio Fiesta, lumpia will most likely be served. Hosted by poet OSCAR BERMEO. Featuring Lisa Abellera, Melissa Sipin, G. Justin Hulog, Jennifer Derilo, and Aileen Suzara.

Lisa Abellera’s work appears in The Southeast Review, Lowestoft Chronicle, and The Globetrotter’s Companion, an anthology of creative travel writing.

Melissa Sipin was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012 and her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Kweli Journal, Tidal Basin Review, and Kartika Review.

G. Justin Hulog has written for Karma Magazine, Galatea Ressurects and is the editor of a food blog called The Palay (

Jennifer Derilo was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow in Mills College. She is the creative nonfiction editor for Kartika Review and an English instructor at Southwestern College.

Aileen Suzara is an educator, cook, eco-activist, organic farmer and adobo champion whose writing appears in The Colors of Nature, Earth Island Journal, and Growing Up Filipino II. She blogs at