Janice Lobo Sapigao


San Bruno, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Janice Lobo Sapigao (she/her) is a daughter of immigrants from the Philippines. She is the author of two books of poetry: microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016), which is about immigrant women workers in Silicon Valley; and like a solid to a shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017 by way of Nightboat Books), which is about her father, family lineage, and learning Ilokano. She is also the author of two published chapbooks, "toxic city" (tinder tender press, 2015), and "you don’t know what you don’t know" (Mondo Bummer Chapbooks, 2016), along with other self-published chapbooks. She was named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Women to Watch in 2017 by KQED Arts. She is the 2020-2021 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate.

Publications & Prizes

Talking Back and Moving Forward: An Education Revolution in Poetry and Prose (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)
like a solid to a shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017)
toxic city (Woodland Pattern Book Center, 2015)
Angel City Review
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The Offing
Tinderbox Poetry Journal

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Queer Poets of Color by Christopher Soto, Is God Is by Aleshea Harris, Preparing The Body by Norma Liliana Valdez

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Identifies as: 
Asian American, Feminist, Filipino American
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Born in: 
San Jose, CA
Raised in: 
San Jose, CA
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Last update: May 17, 2020