Special Issue: Interviews

CO-EDITED BY MELISSA R. SIPIN & BEL POBLADOR


RING ME UP: Emilio Venegas Jr. (Appeared in TAYO ISSUE 3).


We're very excited to present our newest Special Issue: Interviews. Over the past six months, we've conversed with Filipino American authors we admire and love: Jessica Hagedorn, M. Evelina Galang, Marianne Villanueva, and Luisa A. Igloria. We also interviewed the lovely and fierce Sri Lankan American author Nayomi Munaweera, a tour de force in the literary world and whose award-winning book on the 25-year Sri Lankan civil war is forthcoming in Fall 2014 from St. Martin's Press. Joining the fray is our past interviews we previously printed in our TAYO Issues 2-4: Miguel Syjuco, Barbara Jane Reyes, and Lysley Tenorio. We hope by reprinting our past interviews, we can further bolster the discussions on race, gender, culture, and class that intersect when we talk about writing and craft.

Our discussions were intense, some were brief, and many were insightful, filled with laughter, and shared the essence of what it is like to be a diasporic body writing in today's world.



JESSICA HAGEDORN



LUISA A. IGLORIA


M. EVELINA GALANG



MIGUEL SYJUCO


MARIANNE VILLANUEVA



BARBARA JANE REYES


NAYOMI MUNAWEERA



LYSLEY TENORIO


About the Editors

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, CA. She won First Place in the 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open and her writing has been published/forthcoming in Glimmer Train Stories, PANK Magazine, Fjords Review, Hyphen Magazine, and Kweli Journal, among others. She cofounded and is editor-in-chief of TAYO Literary Magazine. As a Kundiman Fiction Fellow, VONA/Voices Fellow, and U.S. Navy wife, she teaches at ODU and Tidewater Community College.

Bel Poblador is a Los Angeles native, writer, and editor who lives, loves, and creates in San Francisco. She received her MFA in Writing from CalArts in 2013. She is also an editor of the anthology Best of Trop, Volume I: Watching the Cash Roll in Since 2012, which is available at tropmag.com. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in {m}aganda magazine, Next Words 2013, the Black Clock blog, and Best of Trop, Volume I. Bel is a rock that holds the ocean.