Essays

“Fortitude takes many forms. I write because of the women in my family. Untiring, enduring warriors and inventors of the language of walls, they always get the job done, no matter how mundane or how grueling. They taught me how to navigate and silently subvert those spaces that confine just as much as they fortify. And in the language of walls, this, too, is true Pinay grit. Having found my voice, I write from a place of gratitude. From the generosity of women, I learned an important secret—that everything is survivable, even silence.”
How a Manileña Learned a Language (Our Own Voice, January 2015)

“I am a poet based in the San Francisco Bay Area. How can I not be moved by shorelines, or by ground built on rubble and traversed by many faults? I wrestle with the weight of words. At the corner of San Francisco’s Kearny and Jackson, the grand old men still stand watch; and in Santa Clara County, there is a place that leaves the light on for me. Take me home on a rail, from the southern base to the northern tip of a peninsula. The measure of a poet’s stride equals a bridge.”
Lolo Claudio in Colorado (Positively Filipino, June 2014)