TAYO Literary Magazine

Editorial Masthead


Melissa R. Sipin, editor

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, California. She won Submittable’s Eliza So Fellowship (2017), Poets & Writers’ McCrindle Fellowship (2016), Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open (2013), and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize (2014). She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on Philippine myths (Carayan Press 2014), and her work is in LitHubSalonBlack Warrior ReviewPrairie SchoonerGuernica Magazine, and SLICE Literary Magazine, among others. As cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine, she partnered with CUNY’s The Feminist Press to help establish the Louise Meriwether Debut Book Prize, the first book contest dedicated to Women of Color/Nonbinary of Color writers. Her fiction has won scholarships and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Kundiman Fiction Retreat, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is hard at work on a novel inspired by her great-grandmother’s capture in WWII Philippines. More at: msipin.com.


MGB, Editor

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, & her short plays can be seen on stage at Bindlestiff Studio. She is an alumna of the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) Conference, Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, Pele’s Fire, & VORTEXT Hedgebrook. She holds degrees in Asian American Studies and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University & Mills College. She divides her time writing in the margins of various spaces, searching for used copies of her favorite books, teaching Language Arts to Bay Area college students, & going on walking excursions with her Stegosaurus & Unicorn companions: Dean O & Queenie. She was a mermaid in a past life, a werewolf in this one, & hopes to be a faerie in the next one. Follow her on twitter (only if you want) @aswangmgb.


Janice Lobo Sapigao, 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.