November 6, 2017

Mesa College Celebrated Filipino American History Month with Filipino American Writers

By Office of Communications

Filipino American Writers

On the evening of Tuesday, October 24th, Sariling Atin: We Are Our Stories, an inaugural literary reading, was held in G-101 to celebrate Filipino American History Month. The first event of its kind at Mesa College, it featured local Filipino American writers, including City College English instructor Ella deCastro Baron—author of Itchy Brown Girl Seeks Employment— Mesa’s Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Derilo, and former Mesa student and former Miramar College English instructor Jason Magabo Perez, who read from his recently published book, This Is for the Mostless.

These writers touched on themes surrounding illness, dislocation, resilience, and belonging. Poet Hari Alluri and former VAMP performers Edward Aparis and Jon Briones also shared their powerful work on themes of family, loss, diaspora, and struggle while still maintaining threads of hope and humor. It was a moving, and sometimes comical, showcase emceed beautifully by counselor Gabriel Adona.

Tags: Filipino American Writers, We Are Our Stories, Filipino American History Month, Literary Reading

Additional Information


Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
(619) 388-2759