Poetry and Literary Reading


Thank you for joining Kultura Arts in our Pagdiriwang 2020 Reading. The poets and writers read in a round robin format.  Each will read twice for a short period of time  This is our first attempt at a digital reading and video. We are grateful to Seattle Center and Poets & Writers, Inc. for sponsorship and funding.




Troy Osaki is a Filipino Japanese poet, community organizer, and attorney from Seattle, WA. A three-time grand slam poetry champion, he has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Jack Straw Cultural Center and is the recipient of an Artist Trust award. His work has appeared in the Bellingham Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Moss: A Journal of the Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere. He is currently completing his first chapbook “Archipelago”.




Anis Gisele is a poet, a survivor, a riot, and a believer of anger and disobedience as an Azn femme. They are the recipient of fellowships and awards from VONA/Voices, Everyday Feminism, King County's Equity and Social Justice Initiative, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, and other institutions, both marvelous and complicated. They come from Manila, Philippines and from so many women who were told to be quiet.



Bio: JC Santos, a Filipino-American, has taught middle school humanities for fifteen years. An avid amateur, he makes the most of his time by singing, hiking, playing basketball, taking nature photos, and writing. His self-published debut novel, Among the Silenced Sacred is currently available on Amazon. Other works have appeared in the Chicken Soup Series (Finding my Faith, and Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul); Dropping Anchor, an anthology published by Maui Writers Ink; Oregon Coast Magazine; The International Examiner; and The Seattle Times.




Kalehua Kim is a poet living in the Seattle area. Born of Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino and Portuguese descent, her multicultural background informs much of her work. Her poems have appeared in Calyx Journal, ‘Oiwi, A Native Hawaiian Journal, and Belletrist.



Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor’s non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction in several journals and anthologies. Her poetry chapbook Pause Mid-Flight was released in 2010. She is also the co-editor of True Stories: The Narrative Project Vols. 1 & 2 and lead coach of The Narrative Project. She has been performing as a storyteller with the since 2006 and specializes in stories based on Filipino folktales and Filipino-American history.  Her latest collection of poems and essays of Dancing Between Bamboo Poles evoke the agility needed to move between history and personal experience, to negotiate conflicting cultural expectations, and to trace the fluid nature of identity.