TAYO Literary Magazine presents

a reading at the Asian Art Museum

August 9, 2018
6:30PM – 9:00PM
North Court

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Hear from some of the most exciting voices in contemporary prose and poetry in this showcase organized by Bay Area–based TAYO Literary Magazine. TAYO, which means “us” or “stand up” in Tagalog, cultivates emerging poetry and prose, publishing writing that knifes, lifts and strikes at the emotive truth of all things lost and adrift. The magazine is published online annually.

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Bel Poblador is a Los Angeles-born writer and editor who lives, loves, and creates in the Bay. She received her MFA in Writing from the School of Critical Studies at CalArts in 2013 and is a Kundiman fiction fellow. Bel is a rock that holds the ocean.


mgb has been a poet since she first learned how to write her name, an educator since 2006, & a wannabe dramaturg since spring 2016. Born on one of the seven thousand islands of the Philippine Arkipelago, she was raised in the dusty town of Porterville, CA & now lives in San Francisco, less than a mile away from the beach. Her publications include TAYO Literary Magazine, The Operating System, & can be seen on stage at Bindlestiff Studios.


Jason Bayani is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in World Literature Today, Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. His first book, Amulet, was published by Write Bloody Press, and second book, Locus, is forthcoming in Spring 2019 from Omnidawn Publishing. He is currently the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop.


Lisa Marie Rollins is a poet, playwright and freelance director. She has been a writing fellow with San Francisco Writers Grotto, CALLALOO London, VONA, Just Theater Play Lab and the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency and will be a resident with Djerassi in late 2018. Her writing is published in Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, River, Blood, Corn Literary Journal, Line/Break, As/Us Literary Journal, The Pacific Review and others. Her new chapbook of poems, Other Words for Grief (winner, Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award) is now available from Finishing Line Press.

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Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, CA. Her work is in Salon, Slice Magazine, Bitch Media, Prairie Schooner, and Guernica Magazine, among others, and has won fellowships/scholarships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., VONA/Voices, Sewanee Writer's Conference, and Kundiman Fiction Retreat. She is the cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine and is hard at work on a novel on her grandmother’s capture in WWII Philippines.

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This event is part of a larger project with the PAL / Pilipinx American Library + Asian Art Museum. To learn more, visit: www.asianart.org/pal