Image: Gina Sipin


I’m compelled, I’m speaking of myself as a black man, to doubt my history, to examine it; I’m compelled to try to create it. I’m trying to excavate my history from all the rubble that has been buried for so many hundreds of years. And that means I have to question everything.
— James Baldwin

[ YELLOW RIBBON by Stephanie Hsu ]

We are TAYO—which means "us" or "to stand up" in Tagalog.

TAYO cultivates emerging poetry and prose, publishing writing that knifes, lifts, and strikes at the emotive truth of all things lost and adrift.

We accept work without regard to ethnicity or nationality* (all are welcomed to submit), and we're looking for pieces that slice into the phantasmagoria of the oppressed, marginalized, post-colonized, and diasporic life.

We are an annual print, quarterly online and multimedia platform for storytelling. We produce an annual publication, TAYO Literary Magazine, as well as our quarterly online Special Issue Series. We strive to build kapwa (shared humanity) through readings, community projects, and cultural events. Tayo na!

* We're keeping up our open policy of accepting work without regard to ethnicity/nationality. However, the theme of our issues will no longer be based upon a specific culture but rather those that tackle the intersectionality of diasporic cultures and art. Please read more here.

PSA directed by Patrick Epino. Many thanks to Patrick and the FilAm Creative for their collaboration. Those involved in the video: Kristine Co, Justin de la Torre, Mario Salazar, and Melissa Sipin.

ISSN 2164-0270 (print)
ISSN 2164-0289 (online)