Book Launch

Coming in time for Filipino American History Month, October 2023, Settling St. Malo (UL Press), a history of Filipino Louisiana in verse and an ode to our immigrant ancestors. On September 19th Settling St. Malo can be purchased online at, or through other major retailers such as Amazon.

I am excited about the launch of a book I spent more than a decade writing. My research into Filipino Louisiana started as a way to understand my family’s Filipino story. I learned that without the fishermen at St. Malo, the shrimpers at Manila Village, and the seamen who settled in New Orleans, my Filipino ancestors may not have moved to Louisiana. Poetry—attention to sound, rhythm, and the emotional register of words—helped me organize and make sense of research and make it meaningful to me.

Join us for the book launch party in Lafayette, Louisiana September 21st.