TAYO ISSUE FIVE
annual issue | 2015–2016
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Melissa R. Sipin, Editor-in-Chief
Bel Poblador, Managing Editor
Janice Sapigao, Associate Editor
Hello readers, friends, and community—old and new—to TAYO issue 5.
Some of you have been with us since the beginning, while others are newer to these pages. When TAYO started in 2009, it began as a collective space for Filipina/o and Filipina/o American voices to share their stories. But over the years, as the editorial staff changed and evolved, as we listened more closely to the stories that shifted and knifed us, our community and our readers became larger and more diverse than before, bigger than we could have imagined. We began to hear echoes of our pain, our joys, our nuanced experiences in stories both within and without the Filipina/o community. We realized that TAYO was a platform for many diasporic voices, especially those that penerate, lift, and strike at the emotive truth of all things lost and adrift.
Although we—especially as three women writers of color—don’t often see ourselves represented in mainstream literature nor in Literature with that capital L, we noticed that there was a shared community—a shared ache, a longing for space—with other people of color and marginalized groups. And so we opened up to more diasporic voices, encouraged all writers and artists to submit work that spoke to a core truth of what it is to be lost and unmoored—to feel an ever-present absence.
Within these pages are beautiful, complex pieces that illuminated something personal and difficult within us. In Amalia Bueno’s “Home Remedies,” food manifests itself as the tension and remedy for leaving home; Christine No’s poem “Sapling (for my father)” speaks to how an absence can exhaust, metastasize, and transform; and Luisa A. Igloria reminds us that we—artists who write among the margins—too write of “other, larger things / even when [we] slipped a river stone into a line, or a chorus / of frogs and the burnt smell of certain mornings.” We chose a mixture of established and emerging voices to highlight the power of collective storytelling. We are interested in the generational: stories, voices, perspectives. There are a plethora of contexts and backgrounds and themes, and yet the stories are speaking to each other, opening up necessary conversations, and meeting at a place of understanding and elegant collision.
As we continue to grow, TAYO is committed to cultivating a community-centered national readership. Our scope has widened because we’ve found that we share such moving and powerful stories with other oppressed and marginalized peoples. This act of community-building, of expansion and growth, necessitates the kind of solidarity and exposure that we hope to provide.
Lastly, we wish to thank you, our readers—both old and new. We believe we have the family we are born into, and then we have the family that we choose. You are our chosen family, our community. We hope you feel as anchored and at home in these stories and in these pages as we do. Welcome.
M. Evelina Galang
Emeniano Somoza Jr.
Eliseo Art Silva
Luisa A. Igloria
Barbara Jane Reyes
Selected by Managing Editor Bel Poblador
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