Walking Into 2023

Thank you, 2022, for all the lessons and milestones! I'm honored to have been part of this events and programs, and grateful to everyone who helped make them happen: 
Dear Poet 2022  
Skyline College Summer of Poetry & Farewell Party 
Academy of American Poets Fellows at L.A. Public Library
Pacific Chorale’s Meet Me for Noche Buena World Premiere (first commissioned work as lyricist)
Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Climate Mosaic 
Poets Crawleate at Lit Crawl
The Future Is Poetry & San Mateo County Youth Ecopoetry Project
U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai’s 4th of July official poem & poet 
KALW Public Radio's 4th of July poem 
IAM’s Fiscal Sponsorship
Redwood City’s Racial Equity Mural Celebration
CAA's 53rd Annual Celebration of Justice
Metro Film and Arts' Breaking Down Walls at Fort Mason
Makerspace Poetry Lab Launch
National Poetry Month proclamations in San Mateo County + 11 cities
San Mateo County Health Commemoration official poem & poet
Equity Through Art in the Filipino/a/x Community
Women’s Hall of Fame & Women’s Leadership Conference
KQED Advisory Panel appointment 
Filoli Curatorial Committee
Commendations from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, California State Senator Josh Becker, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and the Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco
Paloma Press book launches & 6th year as publisher
First year as Commissioner & final year as poet laureate
80 readings/workshops/presentations
5 poems published (including first in American Poets) + 2 newspaper articles

I’m looking forward to working on these forthcoming projects in 2023, and especially welcome the friendships they will bring:
“Step Into the Light” at the Cow Palace on January 12th, to celebrate and build on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic 1964 Cow Palace appearance
National Masterwork Chorus’ “Wide American Earth” at Carnegie Hall on June 10th, to celebrate the resilient and tenacious stories of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities through song
Derrick Scocchera's documentary film about the production of Metro Film and Arts’ Breaking Down Walls
Collaborative book 
Launch of Dear Human at the Edge of Time climate change anthology
Commission on the Status of Women, Office of Arts and Culture, KQED, Filoli, and Paloma Press events and programs 

I am so very grateful for these opportunities, but more importantly, I hope for gentler days, and the largest increments of time with everyone that I love. Here's to 2023, and all its possibilities. May it be lovelier with ease and laughter. A happy and peaceful new year to all!