Writings + Media


like a solid to a shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017)

like a solid to a shadow is a primer for how to seek in absence and grief the language one needs to get through. “What if there are no records?” the poet asks, wondering if the document is what verifies a lived life. What she discovers, and reveals to us, is that poetry is the record and process, the thing that can handle all the holes and remnants, allowing us to feel and think the fullness of that absence, and to discover there the shadows of what “was is” left unsaid. These poems show us the space both before and “after indigo finishes/its shift.”  — Eleni Sikelianos

microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, 2016)

 Janice Sapigao, in this powerful and innovative debut, captures her mother’s traumatic experience as an assembly line worker in Silicon Valley, as well as the larger social, economic, and environmental impacts of the high tech industry. The poems switch between English, Ilokano, and binary code, and between documentary, visual, ethnographic, and lyric modes. In our time of toxic exposure, labor exploitation, and gentrification, Sapigao shows us how poetry can be a site to protest injustice, affirm dignity, and maintain hope. —Craig Santos Perez


you don't know what you don't know (Mondo Bummer Books, 2017)
you don’t know what you don’t know (Mondo Bummer Books, 2017)
“toxic city” (tinder tender press, 2015)


Issue 5 of TAYO Literary Magazine (Barnes & Noble, 2015)


Poem: “Felipe” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)
Prose: “Meetings” (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2015)
Poem: “My Hip Hop Creation Story” (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2014)
Poem: “stuffed animal duwende” (Carayan Press, 2014)
Poem: “An Invocation After Haiyan in News Reports” (Meritage Press, 2014)
Poem: “Where My Name is From” (The ReWrite, 2013)
OUT OF PRINT: self-published chapbook (2011)


“Hip Hop Shows Mastery of English (But English is Not the Master of Hip Hop)” (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016)
“Let Me See You See Me Back” (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016)
“Sound is Not the Only Way to Experience Music” (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016)
"nayyirah waheed, who are you? we love you."
“nayyirah waheed, who are you? we love you.” (The Operating System, 2016)
“Today I Am 28 and Wandering: You Should Be Here” (The Hone Collective, 2016)
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“AFT 1493 opposes armed police on campus” (The Advocate, 2016)
"Remembering Filipino American labor history" (The Advocate, 2015)
“Remembering Filipino American labor history” (The Advocate, 2015)


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Speaking of Marvels w/ Janice Lobo Sapigao (2016)
Oblivious Nerd Girl w/ Janice Lobo Sapigao
Oblivious Nerd Girl w/ Janice Lobo Sapigao
TAYO Literary
TAYO Literary Magazine w/ Janice Lobo Sapigao (2015)


excerpt from "like a solid to a shadow"
excerpt from “like a solid to a shadow” (TAGVVERK, 2016)
3 poems from “microchips for millions” (Cheers From the Wasteland, Issue 1, 2016)
4 poem-maps from "microchips for millions" (Action, Yes!, 2015)
4 poem-maps from “microchips for millions” (Action, Yes!, 2015)


"Uncle Lalo" (Eleven Eleven Journal, 2016)
“Uncle Lalo” (Eleven Eleven Journal, 2016)


In-Progress Projects

Where Did You Get All Those English From? a novel 

you don’t know what you don’t know a poetry collection

Sunday Jump open mic series


Selected Publications

Where My Name is FromNAMJAI: Bay Area Asian/Pacific Islander American Spoken Word Poets, February 2013.

AleciaAngryAsianMan.com, September 2012.

sun-shaped faceKalyani Magazine, September 2012.

explorationWords Apart Mag, Winter 2012.

ritual for a rainy dayWords Apart Mag, Winter 2012.

A Review of Dear Lemon Lima,: A Letter Towards UnderstandingCenter for Asian American Media (formerly the San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival), 2010.

Breaking Down Sexualized Stereotypes of Asian Women, BakitWhy.com, 2008. 


This poem is actually entitled “Where My Name is From.” I hope to change the video to reflect this title.

Sole Space, Oakland, CA, February 2012.


“Calling Out The Radio.” A retired poem that I wrote at 19 and still, unfortunately, holds true today.

Crema Coffee Roasting, Co., San José, CA, October 2010.


“Unrequited.” Sometimes, this is the only generous response one can muster after being broken up with on the phone or at the airport.

Iguana’s Open Mic, San José, CA, February 2010.


photo by Kirstie Mah 

3 thoughts on “Writings + Media”

  1. Hello Ms. Sapigao. My name is Adam Park and I am on the staff of Eleven Eleven, a journal of literature and art published out of California College of the Arts in San Francisco. We’re a biannual, with an online issue in the winter (at elevenelevenjournal.com) and a print issue in the summer.

    I hope this email finds you well! I just had the good fortune to encounter some of your work in the form of a youtube video of you reading at (re)present 2011 and thought you were great. I particularly enjoyed “Calling Out the Radio”, something that needs to be done. Thank you for that. The strength of the voice in your work is remarkable and I think it would be a great fit for the journal.

    We’re currently reading for our winter online issue #20, and I was wondering if you might have some work to send our way? Short pieces or strong excerpts from larger a larger work would be great. Best way to send is via email at eleveneleven@cca.edu. We’re hoping to wrap up our reading period on October 15th. We would love to feature your work!

    Best wishes,
    Adam Park

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