Nicknamed "small but terrible" by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014) and is Editor-in-Chief of TAYO Literary Magazine. Her work is in Salon, Guernica Magazine, Black Warrior Review, and PEN American Center, among others. Her fiction has won Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review's Flash Fiction Prize, as well as scholarships/fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Writers' Workshop, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is hard at work on a novel and teaches creative writing at the Oakland School for the Arts. More at: msipin.com.
Melissa R. Sipin
Huwes de Kutsilyo — The Stories Have Entered Their Bodies: On M. Evelina Galang's Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living With War
In her fourth and most stunning book, Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War (2017), M. Evelina Galang unwaveringly records the full-bodied lives, the heartbreaks, and the resilience of sixteen comfort women from the Philippines during World War II.
Two new anthologies have become examples of community uniting during tragedy and through the strength of literature.