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As a Pinay poet and writer, her work–which ranges from poetry to fiction to a beautiful miasma of the two–slices and reveals larger truths about herself, her community, and identity as a whole. Seamlessly, she folds pop culture, history, and defiance into her writing; her language startles and soothes… The passion she has for her students and teaching is only rivaled by the passion she has for writing and storytelling. – Bel Poblador
Janice Lobo Sapigao is a Pinay poet, writer, and educator from San José, CA. She was named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2017 Women to Watch by KQED Arts. She is the author of two books of poetry: microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017). She is also the author of two chapbooks: you don’t know what you don’t know (Mondo Bummer Books, 2017) and toxic city (tinder tender press, 2015). She is a VONA/Voices Fellow and was awarded a Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. She is the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. She co-founded Sunday Jump. Her work is also published or forthcoming in online publications such as The Offing, NBC Asian America, Waxwing, Luna Luna Magazine,CCM-Entropy, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, and AngryAsianMan.com, among others. She has reviews on The Volta Blog and Jacket2.
She earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors and she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar at UC San Diego. She earned her M.F.A. in Critical Studies/Writing at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She co-founded an open mic in Los Angeles called the Sunday Jump and was a Finalist in the Katipunan Poetry Slam. She is an alumna of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. She teaches English at San José City College.
Her next chapbook, “different ways to say invisible,” will be released in Spring 2018 by dancing girl press. She is finalizing a book of essays entitled Let Me See You See Me Back, and at work on more poetry and a novel for young adults.
Janice Lobo Sapigao is a daughter of Filipina/o immigrants. She is the author of two books of poetry: microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017.) She is a VONA/Voices and Kundiman Fellow, and the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. She co-founded Sunday Jump. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego.
You can reach her at janicesapigao[at]alum[dot]calarts[dot]edu