To Love As Aswang Book Reading Event with Award-Winning Pinay Author Barbara Jane Reyes


PAWA hosts a a literary reading, Q and A with Barbara Jane Reyes, and book signing on December 11 at 6 pm in the Social Hall of the Philippine Consulate San Francisco.

The Philippine aswang is a mythic, monstrous creature which has, since colonial times, been associated with female transgression, scapegoating, and social shaming, known in Tagalog as hiya. In the 21st century, and in diaspora, she manages to endure. Barbara Jane Reyes‘s To Love as Aswang, the poet and a circle of Filipino American women grapple with what it means to live as a Filipina, or Pinay, in a world that has silenced, dehumanized, and broken the Pinay body. These are poems of Pinay tragedy and perseverance, of re-appropriating monstrosity and hiya, sung in polyphony and hissed with forked tongues.

To Love as Aswang is award-winning Pinay poet Barbara Jane Reyes's fourth full-length poetry collection, which will be available for purchase.