Published Poetry and Articles

Selected Published Poetry and Creative Writing


 “Papa’s Two Left Feet” (short story/memoir) by Emily P. Lawsin.

Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild: Stories from the Heart of Filipino Americans.

Editors:  Evangeline Canonizado Buell, Edwin Lozada, Eleanor Hipol Luis, Evelyn Luluquisen, Tony Robles, Myrna Ziálcita.
ISBN: 9780692021545
Publisher: Eastwind Books of Berkeley
Year: 2014.

Troubling Borders

“No Moments of Silence” and “Where I Am From (Remix)” (spoken word performance poems) by Emily P. Lawsin.

Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora.

Edited by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, Mariam B. Lam, and Kathy L. Nguyen. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.



“Memories of Mrs. Menesses” (essay), “Order, Order: What Really Matters”, “Mare Is A Diva”, and “My Pinay Nanay” (spoken word performance poems) by Emily Porcincula Lawsin.

InvASIAN: Growing Up Asian & Female in the United States.

Edited by Elaine H. Kim. San Francisco: Study Center Press & Asian Women United of California, 2003. 16-17, 44-47, 196-197, 199-200.



FilipinoAmericanPsychology Nadal

  “No More Moments of Silence”

spoken word performance poem by Emily P. Lawsin

Filipino American Psychology: Personal Narratives.

  Edited by Kevin Nadal. Bloomington, IN: Author House Publishing, 2010.




Walang Hiya Anthology: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice


“Holes” poem by Emily P. Lawsin.

Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice.

Edited by Lolan Buhain Sevilla and Roseli Ilano. Carayan Press, 2010.



“The Dozens–Pinay Style”

Group Poem Initiated by Emily P. Lawsin, with Pinay M.A.F.I.A.

Going Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas.

Edited by Marianne Villanueva and Virginia Cerenio. Corvallis, Oregon: Calyx Books, 2003. 33-38.


“Dear Kuya Oscar”

(poem for Oscar Peñaranda & Kearny Street Workshop)

by Emily P. Lawsin

disOrient journalzine. Volume 9, Los Angeles: Aiserama, 2001.



 “Notes from a University Writing Group

(click on poem title to read it, click here to listen to it.)

by Emily Porcincula Lawsin.

Flippin’: Filipinos on America. Eds. Luis Francia & Eric Gamalinda. New York: Asian American Writers’ Workshop/Routledge Press, 1996.



 “For Better, For Worse: On the Unveiling of the Aloha Grocery Mural — History :: Our Story”.

poem by Emily P. Lawsin. The Honolulu Advertiser. November 26, 2000. B5.

(Full poem, with mural photos click on


  • “Brushin’ Brush Park”, by Emily P. Lawsin.  The Michigan Citizen. January 21-27, 2001, B2.

Primary Research & Edited Volumes

Filipino Women in Detroit: 1945-1955, Oral Histories from the Filipino American Oral History Project of Michigan.

Joseph A. Galura and Emily P. Lawsin.

Includes Filipino American History Timeline, “Detroit’s Pinay Voices” (Script Poem), “Shoveling & Heaving: Michigan’s Pinoys & Pinays” (Poem), and Filipino American Experience Course Reading List.

Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan OCSL Press, 2002.




In Our Aunties’ Words: The Filipino Spirit of Hampton Roads. 

Filipino American National Historical Society Hampton Roads Chapter (Virginia Beach).

Joan May T. Cordova and Emily P. Lawsin, Senior Editors.

San Francisco: T’boli Publishing, 2004.



“Beyond ‘Hanggang Pier Only’: Filipino American War Brides of Seattle, 1945-1965,” by Emily Porcincula Lawsin. Filipino American National Historical Society Journal, 4 (1996): 50-50G. (An earlier version of M.A. Thesis in Asian American Studies, UCLA.)

“Pensionados, Paisanos, and Pinoys: An Analysis of the Filipino Student Bulletin, 1922-1939,” Emily P. Lawsin. Filipino American National Historical Society Journal, 4 (1996): 33-33P.



Tapestry: Filipinos in Michigan, 1900-1950.  Joseph A. Galura and Emily P. Lawsin. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan OCSL Press (forthcoming).

Articles in Peer Reviewed Anthologies


“Pin@y Time: Mapping the Filipino American Experience.”

(2 Lesson Plans) by Emily P. Lawsin and Joseph A. Galura.

Teaching About Asian Pacific Americans: Effective Activities, Strategies, and Assignments for Classrooms and Communities. Edited by Edith Wen-Chu Chen & Glenn Omatsu. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 27-40.





“An Oral History Interview of Jessica Hagedorn.”

by Emily Porcincula Lawsin.

Words Matter: Conversations with Asian American Writers.

Edited by King-Kok Cheung. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2000. 21-39.




“Empowering the Bayanihan Spirit: Teaching Filipina/o American Studies.”

(Pedagogy) by Emily Porcincula Lawsin. 

Teaching Asian America: Diversity and the Problem of Community.

Edited by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998. 187-197.



 Japanese American History: An A-to-Z Reference from 1868 to the Present.

Various entries on artists and community sites, by Emily P. Lawsin.

Edited by Brian Niiya. New York: Facts on File, Inc. & the Japanese American National Museum, 1993.




Asian Americans in Michigan


“Brief History of Filipino Americans in Michigan”,  by Emily P. Lawsin and Joseph A. Galura.  Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest. Edited by Sook Wilkinson and Victor Jew.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015.





Recorded Oral History Interviews

  Life History Interview of Grace Lee Boggs

  by Emily Lawsin, 2002.

  for Global Feminisms: Comparative Case Studies of Women’s Activism and Scholarship, an international project funded by the Rackham Graduate School, with additional funding provided by the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Women’s Studies Program, and the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. (click on link, then scroll down for Video Stream, Transcripts, and DVD order information).


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