Reverse Pandora

For the Text and Image workshop I took with Simone Kearney at Brooklyn Poets, I wrote a poem titled "Reverse Pandora". The prompt was to bring an interesting object and write about it in different voices and detailing. I enjoyed writing it and you can see a video of me reciting here Content warning: psychosis,…

I deserve to be heard

“Healing Through Trauma: Filipinx Artists Speak” Panel featuring Lis P. Sipin-Gabon, Eileen Ramos, and MT Vallarta on Thursday, 4/30. For The Digital Sala, a virtual Filipinx Literature+ Festival. http://www.linktr.ee/TheDigitalSala I’m learning not to give energy to negative events and people, to not speak about them and vent ‘cuz that detracts your attention. To let go…

you’re one step braver, little one

If I want to become and be known as a mental health advocate, I'm going to need to speak honestly about ALL aspects of my mental illness. I'm bipolar and I've had severe depression for years and have experienced mania. Depression is relatively easy to talk about since it's the most discussed and most publicized…