Must be fate then. Read on.

Amah’s Sewing Kit*

| May 8, 2014

She is a collector—of words, Memories, dreams, secrets and stories. She Dusts them off for that one day in the dark, Inspects from this angle and that. She collects them all like the random buttons In her Amah’s sewing kit. Never bought—They that once Were lost, now saved. Not unlike souls for Jesus Christ. Saved—For [...]

“Filipinas, Textos Cercanos: Poemas” – Book Launching

| March 27, 2014

The Philippine PEN is hosting the formal launch of the bilingual book of poems of Ambassador Tomas Calvillo, former ambassador of Mexico to the Philippines.   You are cordially invited to the launching of: “Filipinas, Textos Cercanos: Poemas” (Philippines, Closer Texts: Poems) by Tomas Javier Calvillo Unna at Solidaridad Bookshop 531 Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila [...]

At the PEN Conference

| December 4, 2013

I rarely get to attend literary events these days so when I manage to, it’s always a treat for me. Here are some of the pictures G and I took at the event.   During a coffee break, we had a photo shoot with no less than the National Artist for Literature and my beloved [...]

Preview: Amah’s Sewing Kit (a poem)

| October 9, 2013

I will one day post the complete poem online. Give me a month, give or take.

Weekly Gratefulness List (September 15 to September 21, 2013)

| October 7, 2013

–visit to A&D’s –spent time with the kulits –finally reserved the venue for November’s dinner celebration –cooked yummy French toasts! –got copies of Philippines Graphic where my poem appears *kilig Thank you! More please!!  

Vote for my novel!! Please?

| July 30, 2013

I have just been made aware that there’s a “Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards 2013” ongoing. Please help me be happy by voting for my novel. It’s super easy. Just click the link and fill out the form (I’ve provided you with the answer key!). Title: In My Mother’s House Author: Joni Cham Publisher: Central Books [...]

Visit Solidaridad!

| July 23, 2013

I am thrilled to announce that autographed copies of my novel “In My Mother’s House” are now available at Solidaridad!   Owned by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, Solidaridad is particularly well-stocked with Asian and Southeast Asian titles. Even if you end up not buying my book, Solidaridad is still worth a visit. Go. [...]

“To Li Po” by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

| June 14, 2013

  I read you in a stranger’s tongue, Brother whose eyes were slanted also. But you never left to live among Foreign devils. Seeing the rice you ate grow In your own backyard, you stayed on narrow Village paths. Only your mind travelled Easily: east, north, south, and west Compassed in observation of field And [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (May 12 to 18, 2013)

| May 20, 2013

-2nd anniversary with the Bunny-doo! Here’s the poem I wrote for him as a surprise anni gift! -designed a Creative Non-Fiction Writing Program for LL -finished reading Visions Across the Americas -cooked mapo tofu (麻婆豆腐) -finished disc 3 of my Spanish lessons -hung out at 8List office for the wifi and company -finished Random Tagalog [...]

Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda

| April 16, 2013

And now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth let’s not speak in any language, let’s stop for one second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines, we would all be together in [...]