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The Art of the Short Story

The Art of the Short Story: M. Evelina Galang on When the Hibiscus Falls with Hannah Bae

June 14, 2023

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) and The Center for Fiction celebrated When the Hibiscus Falls, a story collection by award-winning writer M. Evelina Galang that traverses borderlines, mythic and real, to delve into the lives of Filipino and Filipino American women and their ancestors. Galang was joined by her former student and journalist, Hannah Bae, for a conversation about this collection—described by Lorrie Moore as “pioneering, lyrical, and full of life.”

In Conversation

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    M. Evelina Galang

    M. Evelina Galang

    M. Evelina Galang is the author of a previous story collection, Her Wild American Self (1996), two novels, One Tribe (2006) and Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery (2013) and the nonfiction book Lola’s House: Filipino Women Living with War (2017). She is the editor of the award-winning anthology Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (2003). Among her numerous awards are a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2018, and the Zalaznick Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell in 2020. She directed the Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami from 2009-2019 and served as VONA Board President from 2018-2023. Galang lives in Miami, where she continues to teach creative writing.

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    Hannah Bae

    Hannah Bae

    Hannah Bae is a Korean American freelance journalist, nonfiction writer and illustrator who is at work on a memoir about family estrangement and mental illness. She is the 2020 nonfiction winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a 2021 and 2022 Peter Taylor Fellow for The Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. She is a proud former student of Evelina’s. You can connect with her at @hanbae on Twitter and @hannahbae on Instagram.

    Photo Credit: Arin Sang-urai