“I dreamt of a place to gather…” — Al Robles, “The Wandering Manong”
PAL / The Pilipinx American Library transforms the museum’s Resource Room into a reading room and gathering space to highlight the writings of poet, activist and oral historian Al Robles (1930–2009); feminist experimental poet Barbara Jane Reyes, author of “Invocation to Daughters” (City Lights, 2017); and the Kearny Street Workshop poets. Their work embodies the struggle, resistance, joy and promise of Filipino American life in the Bay Area.
Dedicated to publications exclusively by Filipino voices, PAL / The Pilipinx American Library is a mobile, non-circulating library that collects print histories and celebrates narratives by writers, poets, artists and scholars across the diaspora.
PAL at the Asian Art Museum will host a series of programs — readings, workshops, performances — in collaboration with community partners, literary organizations, writers, artists and activists.
Al Robles was an artist, oral historian, community activist and longtime Fillmore resident. The quintessential Filipino American poet, Robles was co-founder of the Kearny Street Asian American Writer’s Workshop. In his poetics, populated by farm workers, families, musicians, children and city dwellers, he tells stories that span a century of Filipino life in America.
Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of “Invocation to Daughters” (City Lights Publishers). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the author of four previous poetry collections, “Gravities of Center,” “Poeta en San Francisco,” “Diwata”, and “To Love as Aswang.”
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Thursday, Aug 2 – The Pilipinx American Library at the Asian Art Museum Opening Reception
Saturday, Aug 4 – 41st Anniversary of I-Hotel Eviction: Commemoration at Manilatown Heritage Center (off-site)
Thursday, Aug 9 – TAYO Literary Magazine Presents
Saturday, Aug 11 – PAL Artists Retreat
Thursday, Aug 16 – Screening: “Manilatown Is in the Heart Time Travel with Al Robles”
Thursday, Aug 23 – What is Pinay Liminality?Conversation and Oral History Workshop
Saturday, Aug 25 – The Rule Is, Do Not Stop: A Filipino Literary Symposium
Thursday, Aug 30 – Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab 2018