Reading Tomorrow, Jan. 14

Words Expressed - Filipino Poets & Writers Reading

Seattle, WA­ | The arts serve as a vital medium of capturing history, heritage, and universal truths. On Thursday, January 14, 2010, the United Filipino Club of Seattle University, the Filipino Community of Seattle ­ Kultura Arts, and the Seattle University English Department and Modern Languages/Women Studies Department will host "Words Expressed ­ Filipino Poets and Writers Reading."

The reading begins at 7 pm in Seattle University's Le Roux Room (Student Center 160), located on 12th and Cherry Street, and is free to the public.

The United Filipino Club strives to bring about awareness to our own Filipino community, but also to the wider community of Seattle. This reading strives to spur dialogue and connection to and about the presence of Filipino arts within the community.

The poets and writers include Oliver de la Paz, Donna Miscolta, Toni Bajado, and Rick Barot.

Oliver de la Paz teaches creative writing at Western Washington University and published two books of prose and verse, "Names Above Houses", the winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series from Southern Illinois University, and "Furious Lullaby."

Donna Miscolta, a local Seattle writer, is an Artist Trust Fellow, the 2008 recipient of the Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship in Fiction, a resident at Hedgebrook, and the 2009 curator for the Jack Straw Writers Program.

Toni Bajado is a Seattle University alumni featured at Washington Poets Association¹s Burning Word Festival and received a Freehold Theatre Diversity Scholarship Program in Acting.

Rick Barot teaches at Pacific Lutheran University and the low-residency MFA program in writing at Warren Wilson College. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and published two poetry books, "The Darker Fall" and "Want" by Sarabande in 2008.

"Words Expressed ­ Filipino Poets and Writers Reading" aims to establish a voice for Filipino-Americans. It will showcase role models and examples of success and excellence for the community and will help to legitimize the place of Filipinos in American society.

Hope to see you there!