Kain Na Tayo! Meditation on Filipinx Food
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sarah Gambito, Jessica Hagedorn & Ligaya Mishan
Kain Na Tayo! Meditation on Filipinx Food

Have you ever written a recipe that turned out to be a love poem? Does your aunties’ fervor for seafood on sale feel like a hell-raising occasion of resistance? Join us for a meditation of Filipinx food and the immigrant experience with four romantic, melancholic, and witty gastronomical pinxys. We’ll hear from poet and Kundiman cofounder Sarah Gambito, whose part verse, part recipe collection Loves You forms a poetry “cookbook” on memory, shame, outrage and family. She’ll be joined by poet and performer Kay Ulanday Barrett, AAWW OG and Dogeaters author Jessica Hagedorn, and New York Times Hungry City columnist Ligaya Mishan. Don’t miss this poetic celebration of food, nourishment, and resistance in the diaspora—and Sarah’s bibingka from Mountain Province to share. Kain na tayo!


Kay Ulanday Barrett aka @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. K. has featured globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, The Chicago Historical Society, NY Poetry Festival, Dodge Poetry Foundation, The Hemispheric Institute, & National Queer Arts Festival. They are a 3x Pushcart Prize nominee and has received fellowships from Lambda Literary Review, VONA/Voices, The Home School, and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in Asian American Literary Review, PBS News Hour, NYLON, The Margins, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Apogee, Entropy, Colorlines, Everyday Feminism, Them., The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. They have contributions in the anthologies, Subject To Change (Sibling Rivalry Press), Outside the XY: Queer Black & Brown Masculinity (Magnus Books), and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-genre Press) They are currently a Guest Editor at Nat.Brut, 2018 Lambda Literary Review, Writer-In-Residence in Poetry and 2018 Guest Faculty for The Poetry Foundation & Crescendo Literary. When The Chant Comes (Topside Press, 2016) is their first collection of poetry.

Part verse, part recipe book, Sarah Gambito’s Loves You (Persea, 2019) is an ode to the recipe as poetic form and a mode of resistance. Ligaya Mishan writes, “There’s a jittery, wisecracking wisdom to these meditations on the immigrant’s haunted inheritance, powered by equal parts shame, nostalgia and a barely camouflaged anger. These are poems that seduce and throw punches, sometimes both at once.” Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Matadora and Delivered. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Field, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, Quarterly West, and other journals. She is co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization that promotes Asian American poetry, and is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University. She lives in New York City.

Ligaya Mishan grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, as the daughter of a Filipino mother and a British father. She is the Hungry City columnist for The New York Times and a contributing editor at T Magazine, and has written for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker.

Novelist, playwright, poet, former punk band leader, Jessica Hagedorn is the recipient of the Workshop’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. Her 1996 classic of Asian American literature, Gangster of Love, is part road novel, part immigrant family drama, and all rock ‘n’ roll. She is the author of several books, including Dogeaters, a National Book Award nominated classic of Asian American literature, Dream Jungle, and the novel Toxicology, a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week. Hagedorn is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of three anthologies: Manila Noir, Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Playwrights Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, and an NEA-TCG Playwriting Residency Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Sundance Theatre Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Hagedorn has taught in the MFA Playwriting Program at Yale, and in the MFA Creative Writing Program and LIU Brooklyn, NYU, and Columbia University.

This event will be livestreamed on the Asian American Writers’ Facebook page.

*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org with any questions on reserving priority seating.

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Kain Na Tayo! Meditation on Filipinx Food

Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sarah Gambito, Jessica Hagedorn & Ligaya Mishan
Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
New York NY 10001
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