Review of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan – For Goodreads, I give my general impression of this author’s debut novel and how fans of Haruki Murakami’s works will most surely fall into this one.
Review of The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – For Goodreads, I present my thoughts on this second work by this thoughtful-minded YA author.
Review of Enlightenment by Reno Ursal – For Goodreads, I go over my opinions on this author’s debut novel that mixes Filipino history and folklore with a destiny of epic proportions.
To the Cast & Crew of So Weird: Video Celebration – My spoken word piece I wrote and performed for #SoWeird20 is featured in this video compilation. My appearance starts at 7:40.
It’s a new day of a new year and to start things off for 2015, I figured I have a voice featured today of someone other than my own. It’s been a while since I last released an interview on here, so I thought it would be nice to do that again. As to the person who’s featured this time around, that honor goes to an incredible spoken word artist whom I’ve known since high school: Gretchen Carvajal.
Gretchen is more than just a fellow writer; she is someone whom I’ve always known for never hiding her voice, however that may be. She expresses her art and her stories through the means of being a writer, artist, emcee, and performer. She was born in the Philippines before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was very young. She is currently a student in the First Wave program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has partaken in many spoken word competitions over the years- including the national youth competition, Brave New Voices, when she was 17- and was recently a participant in The Ill List; the signature poetry slam invitational in Modesto, California. She already has a chapbook under her belt called Daughter of the Sun and plans to write more books in the future to come. To learn more about her, be sure to check her out on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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