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Saturday, September 21 • 9:00am - 10:15am
A Pilipinx Multiverse: Pilipinx Poetic Presence & Futurisms

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This multimedia presentation/reading represents the need and the celebration for Pinay/Pilipinx and queer Pinay/Pilipinx futurisms. How can Feminist Pilipinx Futurists speculate future when so much of our past has been erased by colonization, militarization and capitalism? How do we claim agency in a homogenous North American culture when monolithic forces such as the academic institution, a globalized, capitalistic economy, or even the medical-industrial complex work against our efforts towards wellness, sustainability and upward mobility?  

This reading explores these questions through a feminist-futurist-poetics written by Pinays/Pilipinx who identify as woman, queer and/or gender nonconforming. Can a group of Pinays with a passion for X-men’s Storm and Back to the Future’s flying Delorian create an imaginary that represents and supports queer and/or women-identified Pilipinx survivance? This is a call to take up space and stand amongst other literary futurist movements such as AfroFuturism and Indigenous Futurisms. As writers and scholars, we choose to unapologetically search for as well as reclaim a language of reimagination and resistance that enlivens the range of Pinay/Pilipinx and queer Pinay/Pilipinx futuristic visions.

We see Pinay/Pilipinx futurisms as amalgamation that chooses nonconformity (whether it be form, gender, sexuality, citizenship or cultural heritage etc.). Our poetics are archipelagic and diasporic, thus able to maneuver within the hybrid topography of the body, the landscape, the oceans and space itself. Thus, this presentation/reading aspires to create a multimedia assemblage from what has been ravished, stolen, or silenced. Through this subversive process, we continue to fuel a tradition of poetics of disruption and renewal.

*pinay – a woman of Filipino origin or descent; Filipina
*Pilipinx/Filipinx – gender nonconforming term for someone of Filipino or Filipina origin or descent

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Hari Alluri

Poet, Editor
Hari Alluri is the author of Flayed City (Kaya Press, 2017), The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel, 2016) and Carving Ashes (CiCAC, 2013). An award-winning poet, educator, and teaching artist, his work appears widely in anthologies, journals and online venues, including Chautauqua, Poemeleon... Read More →
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Rachelle Cruz

UC Riverside; Orange Coast College
Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God's Will for Monsters, which won the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize (Inlandia, 2017), Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood and co-editor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine... Read More →
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Janice Lobo Sapigao

Janice Lobo Sapigao is a daughter of immigrants from the Philippines. She was named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Women to Watch by KQED Arts. She is the author of two books of poetry: Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017) and microchips for millions (Philippine... Read More →
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Angela Penaredondo

Assistant Professor, Creative Writing & Digital Humanities, California State University San Bernardino
Angela Peñaredondo is a queer Pilipinx interdisciplinary writer, artist and educator. Angela is author of the chapbook Maroon (Jamii Publications) and All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize). Peñaredondo’s work has... Read More →

MT Vallarta

MT Vallarta (they/them/their[s]) is a queer and non-binary Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where they study queer and feminist theory, digital humanist inquiry, and Filipinx poetics. Their work is published and forthcoming in Rabbit Catastrophe... Read More →

Saturday September 21, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT