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Invocation to Daughters: City Lights Spotlight No. 16 (Paperback)
Barbara Jane Reyes is the winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and her work has been reviewed by the National Book Critics Circle. These are poems, prayers, psalms, and odes for Filipino girls and women, and this book's intention is to provide a book where Filipina Americans are the center of the conversation and the primary literary audience. We will use her connections with Asian American institutions and blogs to reach this audience. Barbara Jane Reyes is an educator in creative writing and Asian American Studies in the Bay Area, and routinely reads at universities. Her work has been widely published, including in The Brooklyn Rail, New American Writing, Poetry, Prairie Schooner (where a poem from this book appeared), and much more.
About the Author
Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Spotlight Series, 2017). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of four previous collections of poetry, To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015), Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry.An Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, she received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley and her M.F.A. at San Francisco State University. She is an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco's Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. She has also taught in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, and in Creative Writing and English at Mills College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA). She lives with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland, where she is co-editor of Doveglion Press.