Primates from an Archipelago: A Book Celebration

By Irene Suico Soriano
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

In this cinematic collection of poetry, Irene Suico Soriano unravels threads of silence and oppression. Primates from an Archipelago traces lineages on geographic and personal islands where memories and dreams are synonymous. Balanced with official documentation such as passports, birth and death certificates, and membership cards, the poems also speak the languages of uncertainties and multiple truths. The collection travels from homeland exile and loss in the Philippines, to the author’s origin story in Zamboanga, on to sites where experience and education have shaped her world view, and finally to Los Angeles, the city of settlement and fractured pasts. Mythical and intimate, Primates from an Archipelago illustrates the sad beauty that lies in the gaps. 

Irene Suico Soriano is an immigrant Filipina American poet, independent literary curator and Shelter/Animal Rights advocate providing resources to aid the rescue of geriatric and terminally ill dogs and cats that enter LA’s city and county shelter system. Her poems have appeared in, among others Philippines Free Press, Los Angeles Times, Solidarity Journal, LA Enkanto: In Our Blood CD Flippin': Filipinos on America (AAWW), Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers (Aunt Lute) and Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry (Rattapallax Press). She received the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship in 2001 and has been a proud staff member of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center for 23+ years.

The Philippines and its Elsewheres: a speaker series on the politics of knowledge production, university education, and global citizenship with Filipino Studies as its launching point. It is concerned with what interconnectivity across borders enables and demands, as forms and politics of the global continually shifts. For more information:

Supported by: UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Asian American Studies Department, UCLA International Institute, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Comparative Literature Department, UCLA English Department, and UCLA Library. Additional support from UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office and the UCLA Office of the Dean of Social Sciences.