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Showing posts from May, 2019

Episode 17: Huda Al-Marashi

Huda Al-Marashi discusses her mesmerizing Muslim-American memoir published by Prometheus Books, "Then Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story" in this episode.  We talk about her influences, her challenges writing about her family and her life and a lot about the writing craft. More importantly, she talks about the accomplishment of being picked up by a large publishing house after years of submitting and revising. Huda Al-Marashi is the Iraqi-American author of "First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story", a book the Washington Post called"a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love. If Jane Austen had grown up as a first-gen daughter of Iraqi parents in the 1990s, she might have written this.” Excerpts from this memoir have also been anthologized in Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of Muslim America

Episode 16: Alonso Véner

Listen to Alonso Véner, a Costa Rican writer residing in Japan, speaks of how he started writing poetry and his new interest in writing short stories. His challenge as a Latin American writer living abroad writing in Spanish, is the lack of professional literary Spanish translators to help him translate his work for a wider public. If, after listening to the show, know of someone who may be able to assist him with that, please contact him at Alonso's short story collection! V%25C3%25A9ner/e/B007WRM9SA? ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid= 1557405652&sr=1-2 You can visit his blog at:  https://veneraciones. His personal webpage:   e-mail address: The following is a translation of one of his poems: BEYOND When my waits come to an end, and over the garden, there is nothing left, I think I se

Episode 15: Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.

Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr. is a Filipino poet living in Singapore. Listen to us discuss his latest poetry collection, and hear him read a couple poems from his collection, "Aria and Trumpet Flourish".  We talk about poetic forms, his influences and his process of honoring the creative process by writing everyday.        Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr. is the author of  Aria and Trumpet Flourish  (Math Paper Press, Singapore), as well as the chapbooks  Requiem  and  Hymnal  (Vagabond Press, Australia). His poems have been published in  Rattle, Hayden's Ferry Review, Likhaan, Shanghai Literary Review , and other journals and anthologies. He has received prizes from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Kokoy Guevara Poetry Competition, British Council, among others. Born in the Philippines, he has been based in Singapore since 2011. For more information or to reach out to Rodrigo, please visit

Episode 14: Marivi Soliven

Marivi Soliven is the author of "The Mango Bride" that was published by Penguin Press.  She is a Filipina writer now residing in San Diego. Listen as she explains how she got the idea for the novel, how the novel made its impact helping Filipino women in domestic violence situations and what she is working on next. Marivi Soliven's debut novel  The Mango Bride  (Penguin, 2013) won the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Award, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. The novel has been translated into Spanish and Filipino, and a film adaptation is in process, with a projected release date next year. Stories and essays from 16 earlier books have appeared in anthologies in Manila and the United States. When not writing or organizing literary events, she works as a telephonic Tagalog interpreter. Order your copy on Amazon at: