“Ang hindi marunong pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan”

Those who do not understand where they came from cannot arrive at their destination.
– Jose Rizal, Filipino hero/poet 1861-1896

October is Filipino History Month!
Listen up to KPFA 94.1FM for a celebration of Filipino and Filipino American history, culture & arts (Pilipino OURstory) on Sunday October 22, 6:30-9pm. One of my poems, “If home were a song” will be aired, and I’ll be doing a “radyo teatro” (radio theatre) piece as Bampinay, a Filipino vampire! (Yes, all of those episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed have taught me something…:-)

Also – the first “Making Soul” writing workshop series, just completed this month, was AWESOME (thank you to the participants!) and I’m excited to launch the Fall-Winter session. Below are details about the workshop.

Salamat/thank you


Are you interested in…writing from an embodied place? re-sparking your voice, or taking your first writing workshop? writing the stories that have been waiting to be told? Spaces are limited – sign up today!

“Making Soul”: Writing and Performance for Personal (R)evolution
Fall-Winter Session
Tuesdays: Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 and 12 (6 weeks), 6:30-9pm
Epic Arts Studios, 1923 Ashby Ave, Berkeley (near Ashby BART)
Email workshops@aimeesuzara.net or call 510-981-1459 to register!

Pre-registration required.
$150-250 sliding scale fee
$125 for payment before November 1st!
Youth and low-income rates available
Drop-ins (by request only): $30/class

DESCRIPTION: a writing and performance workshop series for adults of all ages (17 to 77+) to explore histories, language, identity, and our visions for ourselves within a changing world. We will draw from our collective and individual voices to discover old-new languages in our bodies and on our tongues. No writing or performance experience necessary. Consistent attendance to entire series is strongly encouraged, although drop-ins may be allowed by request.

• guided writing exercises
• physical, theatre-based exercises
• utilizing/referencing other art forms
• practice and feedback in a supportive environment
• a culminating performance of work done in the class

Info about the facilitator: Writer, performer, educator Aimee Suzara’s work includes publication in the upcoming Check the Rhyme anthology of women poets and a track on the Eye of the Storm CD. She recently wrote/directed/performed in a multidisciplinary theatre show, “Pagbabalik,” which will be shown in its next evolution at La Pena in early 2007. She is a Mills College M.F.A. candidate, poetry editor of Tea Party Magazine, and facilitates workshops with Art in Action, Spirit in Motion, and more. Currently she teaches English at Las Positas College.