PAWA presents: Birds of a Feather

Sunday, Sept. 23 – 2 p.m.

Rabih Alameddine, Laura Goode, Barbara Jane Reyes, hosted by G. Justin Hulog

Rabih Alameddine is the author of three novels, The Hakawati, I, the Divine, and Koolaids, as well as The Perv, a book of short stories. He lives in San Francisco and Beirut.

Laura Goode is a novelist, essayist, poet, and screenwriter living in San Francisco. Her first novel for young adults, Sister Mischief, was released by Candlewick Press in 2011, and called a “Best Book You Haven’t Read of 2011” by Vanity Fair online, as well as “a provocative, authentic coming-of-age story…full of big ideas, big heart, and big poetry” by Booklist in its starred review. She is the executive producer of the feature film Farah Goes Bang, which she co-wrote with Meera Menon. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Faster Times,Boston Review, Racialicious, Feministing, The New Inquiry, IndieWire, Denver Quarterly, Dossier, Slope, Fawlt, and other publications. Laura was raised outside Minneapolis, where she was a spelling bee kid, and received her BA and MFA from Columbia University. Follow her @lauragoode and visit her at

Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd.), which was a finalist for the California Book Award. She is also the author of the chapbooks Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press), Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and For the City that Nearly Broke Me (Aztlan Libre Press). She is an adjunct professor in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco, where she teaches Filipino/a Literature in Diaspora, and Pinay Lives and Voices in Literature. She lives with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland.