All About FPAC26's Literary Pavilion

Co-curators of the Literary Pavilion, Eddy and Stephanie (Steady).

Co-curators of the Literary Pavilion, Eddy and Stephanie (Steady).

Strongly rooted in the oral storytelling tradition, the Literary Arts Pavilion taps into our Filipino culture through a two-hour block of imaginative performances and readings, a poetry wall to write a collective poem, an interactive area to meet and greet with artists, and the annual poetry slam. Continuing the work of those who have paved the way before us, from Jose Rizal to Jessica Hagedorn, the Literary Arts Pavilion provides a platform for us to showcase the variety of voices and points of view amongst Filipinos and Filipino-Americans today.

Witness the power of the written and spoken word as we resist the dominant narrative and instead showcase and elevate Filipino voices of all types. Whether it’s an intimate performance at the Literary Arts Pavilion, or a high stakes battle on stage at the Katipunan Poetry Slam, there are stories for everyone.



11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Pavilion Open to Public

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Poetry Performances

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Meet and Greet with Artists

4:00 pm - Pavilion Cleanup

4:20 pm - Slam Poets Check In

5:20 - 6:20 pm - Katipunan Poetry Slam



Phylizia Carrillo

Phylizia Carrillo was born in the Philippines, formed in Los Angeles, and exists somewhere in between. She’s a recent graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University, the only women’s university in Los Angeles, where she double majored in Political Science and Global Politics (and double minored in Philosophy and Film, Media, and Social Justice). She is currently designing and managing civic innovation projects in Los Angeles and Bohol, applying to PhD programs, and occupying her headspace with technology policy, resilient city planning, and the Philippines and Pacific Islands.


Janelle Paule

Janelle Paule is a lover of good food, authenticity, and story. Spoken and written word is a form of healing & process for her—a means through which she navigates the complexities of her identity.


Andres Paul Ramacho

Andres Paul Ramacho - Born and raised in Los Angeles, flavored by the streets of New York, softened by the sun of San Diego. Writes poems on napkins. French Pressed Coffee and All of the Carbs.


Zosimo Quibilan, Jr.

Zosimo Quibilan, Jr. won the National Book Award for Fiction and the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award in 2008 in the Philippines for Pagluwas (Going to the City: University of the Philippines Press, 2006). He lives in South Pasadena, CA and occasionally gives talks on fiction at UCLA.



Navor is kulot, narugit, and namacpacan. They are qt pilipinx-ilokanx poet, currently residing on tongva and chumash territories.



Jensen is a 23 year old creator from Orange County currently residing in Las Vegas. They're # (if spoken, say hashtag) mixed with a father from Quezon City and a mother from Pasig, but really they're 100% Pinoy. When they're not writing, they like to spend too much money on coffee and too much time petting dogs."


Cherisse Yanit Nadal

Cherisse Yanit Nadal is a recipient of PAWA, Inc.’s Manuel G. Flores Prize in Writing, is a 2013 VONA Fellow, and attended the UCR Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA program. She one-ups Queen Bey by adding tea and chia to the hot sauce in her bag… swag. You can follow her on twitter @cherisseyanit.


F. Douglas Brown

F. Douglas Brown is the author of Zero to Three (University of Georgia Press 2014), recipient of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He also co-authored with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten (November 2016), a chapbook of poetry from Upper Rubber Boot Books as part of URB’s Floodgate Poetry series. Mr. Brown, teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, and is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow.


Abigail Adriano Aseo

Abigail Adriano Aseo is a CSUN graduate with degrees in Early Childhood Development and Asian American Studies. She is a sister of Delta Lambda Chi the sorority and a member of the CSUN Filipino American Student Association. On her spare time she enjoys exercising her mind and body, creating, and watching videos about pugs.


Carl Angelo Nicdao Viray, AKA Gio, is a CSUN graduate with a degree in Asian American Studies. He is a brother of Alpha Psi Rho the fraternity and a member of the CSUN Filipino American Student Association. On his spare time he enjoys rapping, dancing, and telling dad jokes.


Miranda Tsang

Miranda Tsang is a writer and educator from San Francisco. She has received support from Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Gluck Foundation, and Kearny Street Workshop. Her writing is published in Lumen, Public Pool, and The Offing.



Janelle Paule

Janelle Paule is a lover of good food, authenticity, and story. Spoken and written word is a form of healing & process for her—a means through which she navigates the complexities of her identity.



Stephanie Sajor

Stephanie Sajor is a poet and community organizer based in Los Angeles. She graduated from UC Irvine with BAs in Film & Media Studies and Political Science, and is a graphic designer and web developer. She is ½ of the spoken word duo Steady, the Vice Chair of KmB Pro-People Youth, and a Co-Founder of Sunday Jump, a community open mic series in Historic Filipinotown.


Eddy M. Gana Jr.

Eddy M. Gana Jr. is a poet, emcee, and community organizer from Union City, California. Graduated from UC Irvine with BAs in Psychology and Criminology, he provides behavioral intervention services and is an MSW candidate of the Children, Youth, and Families Department at USC. He is ½ of spoken word duo Steady, the Chairperson of KmB, Pro-People Youth, and a Co-Founder/Resident Host of Sunday Jump in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles.



Elizabeth and Eddy H. Gana Sr., Romeo and Thelma Sajor, Janice Sapigao, Tala Mateo, Jilly Canizares, Jay Eusantos, Lynard Garcia, Richie Traktivist, Irene Suico Soriano, Nicole Arca, Mark Maza, Natasia Gascon, Vatche Yousefian, Alyssa Gonzales, Jaynese Poole, Xuan Espinoza

Tuesday Night Cafe, Our Mic, Feedback Sunday, The Definitive Soapbox, Da Poetry Lounge, APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit, and all the open mics cultivating safe spaces for creative self-expression.

All the sponsors who helped us towards our fundraising goal this year.

All the featured artists, slam poets, hosts, and DJs that continue the tradition of the poetry slam, for and by the people.