TAYO Literary Magazine

Editorial Masthead


Photo creditJoshua A. Gabon

Melissa R. Sipin, editor-in-chief

Nicknamed "small but terrible" by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014) and is Editor-in-Chief of TAYO Literary Magazine. Her work is in Guernica Magazine, Black Warrior Review, and PEN American Center, among others. Her fiction has won Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review's Flash Fiction Prize, as well as scholarships/fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Writers' Workshop, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is hard at work on a novel, loves only yellow Manila mangoes, instant Top Ramen, and ordering Chinese delivery when she's finally found a home. More at: msipin.com.

  Photo credit  :   Simone Scarpino

Photo creditSimone Scarpino

Bel Poblador, Managing Editor

Bel Poblador dreams in fog and wind. She is a Los Angeles born writer and editor who lives, loves, and creates in San Francisco. She received her BA in American Literature with a minor in Spanish from UCLA in 2007 and her MFA in Writing from the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts in 2013. She is currently managing editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. Her writing and interviews have appeared in {m}aganda magazine, Next Words 2013, the Black Clock blog, tropmag.com, the TAYO blog, and Best of Trop, Volume I. She is a 2016 Kundiman Fiction Fellow. She loves old rescue dogs, San Francisco (and, more specifically, the Richmond district), misty nights and windy days, her grandma, handmade books, and paying with exact change. Bel is a rock that holds the ocean.

  Photo Credit:   Kirstie Mah

Photo Credit: Kirstie Mah

Janice Lobo Sapigao, Associate Editor

Janice Lobo Sapigao is the author of two collections of documentary poetry, like a solid to a shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017) and microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers & Artists, 2016) and two chapbooks of poetry, "You Don't Know What You Don't Know" (Mondo Bummer Books, 2017), and "toxic city" (tinder tender press, 2015). She is a VONA/Voices Fellow and was awarded a Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. She is a co-founder of Sunday Jump, an open mic in Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown. Her work has also been published in numerous publications including KQED Arts, NBC Asian America, The Offing, Jacket2, AngryAsianMan.com, and Action, Yes! She earned her MFA in Writing from CalArts, and she has a BA in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego. If you want, you can learn more at janicewrites.com.

Financial Support

Joshua A. Gabon



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