Lolan Buhain Sevilla and Roseli Ilano introduce the book they Co-Edited, Walang Hiya.

Lolan Buhain Sevilla and Roseli Ilano introduce their book, Walang Hiya.

Walang Hiya: Literature taking risks towards liberatory practice (Carayan Press, 2010) is a groundbreaking anthology featuring 32 Pilipino and PilAm writers and poets. 

Lolan Buhain Sevilla is a cultural worker who roots her art in community, study, and practice. She works at the Audre Lorde Project in New York and is a member of Filipinas for Rights & Empowerment (, a member organization of Gabriella USA. She has been published in Maganda Magazine, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women (Asian American Women Artists Association, 2007) and is the author of Translating New Brown (Pinayjive Press, 2005), a collection of poetry and short stories. 

Roseli Ilano is a community organizer based in Oakland, California. Her poetry has appeared in Maganda Magazine, her nonfiction in Filipinas Magazine and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune where she was a reporter. Her eight years of community organizing experience emphasized the integration of arts into youth-led social justice campaigns, working with Filipino Advocates for Justice, The Ella Baker Center For Human Rights, Asian Pacific Islander youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership, and Anakbayan East Bay. Currently the National Community Engagement Coordinator for Independent Television Service, Roseli uses her background in grassroots organizing to explore how media and documentary film can be a tool for social exchange.

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*Write-up prepared by Philippine Expressions Bookshop for Author's Night in Los Angeles.