Three Generations is the title of my latest chapbook, first published in 2010. The chapbook is a collection of poems grounded in movement and migration, change and understanding, and in conviction and appreciation. It is an experiment in finding peace with my own history forever intertwined with my family’s and the fates of nations I call “home.” It’s more than an exploration of “generational gaps.” It’s a statement. An assertion of where I’ve come from and a reminder that with everything I do, “I am the one who is fortunate / to even write these words without punishment.”
This blog is, in many ways, an extension of that chapbook and greater than it. It’s also going to be filled with some silly, fun, and hopefully funny things.
Born in Cavite, Philippines and raised in northeastern Maryland, jenny is a writer, spoken word performer, and arts administrator. From 2009-2013 she was the Founding Executive Director of Sulu DC, an arts organization with the mission of nurturing artistic growth and building connections and community within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the DC metro area. She was the first Asian American open mic host at Busboys and Poets in DC and she has featured at DC poetry and art venues including Busboys and Poets, Artomatic, Mothertongue, and Bloombars. She has performed at the Mellon Auditorium, the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC, the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, and at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Colorado State University, and Rutgers University. Her poems have been published in the Beltway Poetry Quarterly, the anthology, Walang Hiya…literature taking risks toward liberatory practice, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Lantern Review and on Bourgeon, an online arts magazine.
jenny most recently collaborated on a musical concept album, Yappie the Musical, with support from the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University. She is a graduate student at Goucher College, pursuing a degree in Arts Administration. Her family’s artifacts of immigration can be found alongside many other amazing objects in the “Many Voices, One Nation” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
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