PhD, University of Houston
MFA, New York University
Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Undocumented Immigration/Immigration Literatures
Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught
- ENGL 4640: Advanced Poetry Writing
- ENGL 3040: Poetry Writing
- ENGL 2513: Introduction to Creative Writing
- ENGL 6140: Studies in Poetry Writing
- ENGL 5723: Craft & Forms of Poetry
Driving without a License. Alice James Books, 2016.
"American Sentences" and "Coup-Contrecoup." Pleaides. Forthcoming summer 2020.
"In the Ecotone." The Georgia Review. Forthcoming spring 2020.
"The Persistence of Symptoms." Quarterly West. Issue 96. Reprinted by The Academy of American Poets.
"New Patient Intake Form" and "You lose your keys, too, and." World Literature Online. March - April 2018.
"Ivan, Always Hiding" Southern Humanities Review. April 2016.
"Four Darks in Red," "Reading the Bleed," "Cerebral Edema," and "Human Archipelago." Waxwing, issue VIII.
"Circuitry." The Academy of American Poets: Poem-a-Day. February 4, 2016.
"You Lie" and "The Part of the Water." The Adroit Journal, issue 13.
"Landscape with American Dream." The California Journal of Poetics, issue 1.
"Homecoming." Drunken Boat, issue 20.
"Tago Ng Tago (TNT)," "Arrival," "Move-In," "Snakes In the Grass," and "Bonfire." Connotation Press: An Online Artifact (featured on “A Poetry Congeries”). July 2014.
"‘More milk, more milk makes it better’" and "Where There’s Smoke." Eleven Eleven, issue 17.
"Chain Migration." Hyphen Magazine. August 2014.
"Between Chou and the Butterfly" and "About the Visas." The Journal, 38:2.
"Electromyography." The Collagist, 55. 2014.
"Shift." Painted Bride Quarterly, 88. 2013. Reprinted by Poetry Daily, May 2016.
"Swarm" and "Leaving the Non-Profit Immigration Lawyer's Office." Kenyon Review Online. Summer 2013.
"Exchanging Vows." Asian American Literary Review, 3:2. 2012.
"Comeuppance" and "Narrative." Lantern Review, 4. 2012.
"Wreck." Hayden’s Ferry Review, 48. 2011.
"What after." Third Coast, 27. 2008.
Poems in Textbooks:
"Move-In." Poetry: A Writers' Guide and Anthology. Bloomsbury Academic: New York, 2018.
Poems in Anthologies:
"Extended Stay America." Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond, eds. Triangle Square: 2019.
"Between Chou and the Butterfly." Best American Experimental Writing 2015. Douglas Kearney, ed. Seth Abramson and Jesse Damiani, series eds. Wesleyan University Press: CT, 2015.
“Wreck.” Best New Poets 2011. D.A. Powell, ed. Jazzy Danziger and Jeb Livingood, series eds. University of Virginia Press: VA, 2011. 6.
"Driving without a license." Here is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. Ching-In Chen, Margaret Rhee, and Debbie Yee, eds. Achiote Press: Berkeley, CA, 2009. 7.
"Junkyarding through the great Moreno Valley." Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes. Ryan G. Van Cleave and Chad Prevost, eds. C & R Press: Chattanooga, TN, 2009. 109-10.
"Second Lesson (Circle Inn)," "Junkyarding through the great Moreno Valley," and "TheUndocumented Immigrant Poem # 79." Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California. Christopher Buckley and Gary Young, eds. Greenhouse Review Press/Alcatraz Editions: Santa Cruz, CA, 2008. 218-19.
“Anilao, 1989." Homage to Vallejo. Christopher Buckley, ed. Greenhouse Review Press: Santa Cruz, CA, 2006. 36-7.
"In Our Care." Original libretto commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for the Seeking the Human Spirit initiative. Music composed by D.J. Starr. 2019.
What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline. Original libretto commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco. Music composed by John L. Cornelius II. 2016.
"On This Muddy Water": Voices from the Houston Ship Channel. Original song cylce commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco. Music composed by D.J. Starr. 2014.
From My Mother's Mother. Original song cylce commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco for the "Song of Houston: East + West" series. Music composed by Jeeyoung Kim. 2012.
"Between Chou and the Butterfly." Poem adapted for "DREAM Songs." Music composed by Reinaldo Moya for the Schubert Club. Premiered April 2018.
"More milk, more milk makes it better." Poem adapted for "American DREAMers: Stories of Immigration." Music composed by Melissa Dunphy for the Philadelphia Harmonia and Resonance Ensemble. Premiered June 2018.
"Recovery." The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice. Shara Lessley and Bruce Snider, eds. Pleiades Press, MO: 2018.
"Language of the Border." VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. VIDA Exclusive. May 2015.
"Forum: ‘MFA vs POC.’"The Asian American Literary Review. Fall/Winter 2015 Issue.
"Undocumented, and Riding Shotgun." What It Means to Be American. Zócalo Public Square (in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History): January 2015.
"Undocumented, and Riding Shotgun" (abridged reprints). KCRW: Which Way, L.A.? and For the Curious. January 2015.
"The Exemplary Poem and the Exemplary Life." The Press at California State University Fresno & Greenhouse Review Press: 2013.
Reviews, Articles, and Editorials:
Guest Editor. "Documentation." For Kundiman's Poetry & Democracy feature, as part of the Poetry Coalition. March 2019.
Review of Jose Antonio Vargas' Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (memoir). "What Happens After You Become the 'Most Famous Undocumented Immigrant in America." The Atlantic. October 2018.
Review of Jerome Ruillier's The Strange. "The Strange: The Graphic Novel that Captures the Anxieties of Being Undocumented." The Atlantic. August 2018.
"Beyond the Finish Line." Poets & Writers. July/August 2017.
Selected Honors & Professional Service
- Co-Organizer. Undocupoets. Current.
- Advisory Board, Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa. Current.
- Residency and Artists' Grant, The Vermont Studio Center. 2020.
- Spring Travel Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma State University. 2020.
- Fellow, The MacDowell Colony. 2019.
- Residency. Bethany Arts Community, 2019.
- Grantee (Undocupoets), Amazon Literary Partnership/Academy of American Poets Poetry Fund. 2019.
- Contest Judge, Undergraduate Poetry Contes, Cameron University. 2019.
- Contest Judge, Backbone Press "Shared Dream" Chapbook Prize, 2018.
- Winner, 2018 da Vinci Eye Award
- Honorable Mention, 2018 Sheila Motton Poetry Book Prize (New England Poetry Club)
- Finalist, 2018 Eric Hoffer Award
- National Advisory Board, Writers @ Work. 2018.
- Finalist, 2017 Oklahoma Book Award (Poetry)
- Contributing Editor, Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art. Current.
- Howard Nemerov Poetry Scholarship (Sewanee Writers' Conference), 2016.
- Robert M. Hogge Teaching Award, 2015.
- Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA) Manuel G. Flores Prize, 2014.
- Kundiman Poetry Prize, 2014.
- Inprint/Barthelme Fellowship in Poetry, 2013.
- Dissertation Completion Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Houston, 2012-2013.
- Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2009-2011.