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My heart is broken in a million pieces today and the tears keep coming. I’m grateful to you, my friends, who will and have empathized with me. Since my heart’s already broken…   a piece for my LGBTQ friends, for their rights to openly love each other;   a piece for my immigrant friends and … Continue reading

Just published: The Traveling Adobo

My essay, “The Traveling Adobo,” has been published by Cha, an Asian literary journal based in Hong Kong. Please follow the hyperlinked titles to access my essay and the magazine, which hosts some wonderful, vivid writing. I couldn’t have written this essay without my mom’s stories on how she learned to cook, and in turn … Continue reading



Awhile back, I made gandinga, a Puerto Rican stew made from pork offal: typically, kidney, heart, and liver. In my East Harlem neighborhood, these are packaged together at the grocery store, specifically for gandinga. I had bought this package because I wanted to make Filipino menudo, a wholly satisfying stew made of pork liver, pork, … Continue reading

Cultural Response: An Iliad, New York Theatre Workshop

Event: An Iliad, a play written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare Location: New York Theatre Workshop Date Attended: March 21, 2012 Performers: Stephen Spinella (The Poet), Brian Ellingsen (Bassist) On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, I attended New York Theatre Workshop’s production of An Iliad, a new, one-man retelling of Homer’s epic. When I first … Continue reading