Writer and activist M. Evelina Galang presents a craft talk on Oct. 15

Mon, 10/05/2020

The Fall 2020 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series continues with writer, activist, and professor M. Evelina Galang. Galang presents a craft talk, "Truth or Dare: Grounding Beautiful Sorrow, Beautiful Sky in Historical Accuracy," on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

What is a writer’s responsibility in creating fiction? How does a fiction writer fact-check herself? This talk provides insight into the research processwith a glimpse into Galang's newest manuscriptand explores the importance of doing research when writing fiction.

Galang writes, "I once had a teacher say that fiction is a fine blend of memory and imagination, but as I continue to explore the lives of characters rooted in the experience of my ancestors, my community, and in response to specific moments in time, I see the importance of getting not only detail, but context, atmosphere and perspective right. I revise my teacher’s definition of fine fiction to read—a fluid blend of memory, imagination and historical research."

REGISTER HERE to attend this free event!

M. Evelina Galang has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the United States and at-large by the Filipina Women’s Network. She is the author of the story collection Her Wild American Self, novels One Tribe and Angel De La Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery, and the editor of Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images. Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War is Galang’s creative nonfiction work documenting the testimonies of 16 surviving Filipina “comfort women” and their fight for justice. Among her numerous awards are the 2004 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Prize for the Novel, the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award for One Tribe, the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights, and a 2002 Senior Research Fellowship from Fulbright. Galang teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami and is core faculty and President of the Board of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA/Voices). Find out more at mevelinagalang.com.

This is the second virtual event in the Fall 2020 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series: At Home, powered by eCornell. Next up in the series: Shop Talk by Wah-Ming Chang on Thursday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information and ongoing updates, visit english.cornell.edu/zalaznick or email creativewriting@cornell.edu.

Photo of M. Evelina Galang