The Foley Artist is now available as an e-book!
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These nine stories give voice to the intersectional identities of women and men in the Filipino diaspora in America: a straight woman attends her ex-boyfriend's same-sex marriage in coastal Maine; a college-bound teenager encounters his deaf uncle in Manila; Asian American drag queens duke it out in the annual Iowa State Fair; a seventy-nine-year-old foley artist recreates the sounds of life, finally unable to save himself.
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The Foley Artist, my first book of stories, is available now on Amazon, IndieBound, and from your local bookstore
Friday, October 4, 6:30 PM
THE FOLEY ARTIST: BOOK LAUNCH AND PINOY PARTY
Ricco Siasoco in conversation with the magnificent and benificent Jessica Hagedorn!
Joined by friends Sarah Gambito & Joseph O. Legaspi
Music by DJ Un-G
Asian American Writers' Workshop
New York, NY
Saturday, October 12, 4:00 PM
THE 5TH FILIPINO AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Hot Off the Press Literary Readings
Hosted by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
San Francisco Main Library
San Francisco, CA
Sunday, October 13, 4:00 PM
CLOSING PLENARY: FILIPINO INT'L BOOK FESTIVAL
(We Are) Bulosan's Children: Growing Up in the Aura and Shadow of America is in the Heart, Growing Filipinx Narrative in the 21st Century.
With Eileen Castillo, Ricco Siasoco, Eugene Igloria, Malaka Gharib, Christina Querrer, Jason Bayani
San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 pm
HOMO-CENTRIC READING SERIES
Hosted by Hank Henderson
Come be a part of L.A.'s only ongoing LGBTQ reading series at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park. Stories has been included on several 'Best Bookstores' lists, including the LA Weekly and Time Out. Come early to see the reasons they completely deserved a spot on those lists!
Stories Books & Cafe
1716 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, November 5, 3:30 PM
THE FOLEY ARTIST: READING AT UC RIVERSIDE
Hosted by Dr. Sarita See
University of California
Monday, November 11
BOOK TALK: PHILLIPS ANDOVER ACADEMY
Hosted by English Dept., Gay Straight Alliance, Asia Society, and SEA
Phillips Andover Academy
Tuesday, November 12
A CONVERSATION WITH GRACE TALUSAN, AUTHOR OF THE BODY PAPERS
Hosted by the Asian American Center at Tufts University
Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 PM
READING AND CONVERSATION: THE FOLEY ARTIST
Hosted by the Asian American Studies and Creative Writing Programs at Boston College
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Chestnut Hill, MA
Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 PM
A CONVERSATION WITH ANGELA GARBES, AUTHOR OF LIKE A MOTHER: A FEMINIST JOURNEY THROUGH THE SCIENCE AND CULTURE OF PREGNANCY
Hosted by The Hugo House
Saturday, December 20
MIDWEST BOOK LAUNCH
Hosted by Third Place Gallery
Join me and poets Sun Yung Shin and Ed Bock Lee for a midwest book launch of The Foley Artist! Music by DJ Manila Rice.
Tuesday, January 14
READING & GUEST LECTURE
Hosted by Hannah Oberman-Breindel, Asian American Literature
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Saturday, January 18
SECOND SATURDAY READING SERIES
Hosted by Singapore Unbound
I am so excited to join my publisher Gaudy Boy, for the Second Saturdays Reading Series, a monthly gathering in New York City for the reading of Singaporean and American literatures. Held in different intimate venues around the city, the readings feature established and emerging writers. Second Saturdays has featured Vijay Seshadri, Madeleine Thien, Min Jin Lee, Gina Apostol, Dale Peck, Monique Truong, Jericho Brown, Naomi Novik, Chinelo Okparanta, Martha Cooley, Dan Feng Tan, Amanda Lee Koe, and Jeremy Tiang, among others. Besides writers, they have also featured other artists, such as singer Phillip Cheah, ceramicist Hong-Ling Wee, filmmaker Kirsten Tan, and chef Kian Lam Kho.Each gathering begins with a potluck and an open reading. All are welcomed. Please write to Jee Leong Koh at email@example.com for details of the next reading.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Hosted by Jake Williamson and English Department
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, CA
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 3:00 pm
UC RIVERSIDE WRITERS' WEEK
Writers Week is the longest-running, free literary event in California and features the most renowned authors of our day alongside those at the start of promising careers. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 12:10 pm - 1:25 pm
ASSOCIATED WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE
"Lambda Literary Fellows on Transnational and Intersectional Queer Fiction. (Serkan Gorkemli, Natasha Dennerstein, Javi Fuentes, Melissa Nigro, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco)"
Room 217A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Recent fiction has increasingly featured diverse local and global representations of queer identities. But the concept of queerness also conveys a nonnormative, nonessentialist, anti-identity stance. Mindful of this inherent tension, this panel of 2018 Lambda Literary fellows engages with the following questions: What forms does, and can, queerness take in fiction? And what roles do nationality and intersectionality play in how queer writers explore questions of identity?
SAN ANTONIO, TX
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - CANCELLED
READING WITH GRACE TALUSAN, AUTHOR OF THE BODY PAPERS
Hosted by Jhoanna Belfer and Bel Canto Books
LONG BEACH, CA
Thursday, April 16, 2020
GUEST LECTURE: ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Hosted by Lynne Anderson and English Language Learning Program at Boston College
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
GUEST LECTURE: FILIPINO AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Hosted by Joe Bernardo and Loyola Marymount University
LOS ANGELES, CA
Thursday, April 23, 2020
GUEST LECTURE: CREATIVE WRITING
Hosted by Sarah Gambito and Fordham University
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3-5 pm - CANCELLED
READING WITH JEE LEONG KOH
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Thursday, May 21, 2020
READING AND WORKSHOP AT BREARLEY SCHOOL
Co-Presented by Brearley Upper School Creative Writing Club, Asian Awareness and Q&A (LGBTQ)
NEW YORK, NY
PRIDE BOOK CLUB
NEW YORK, NY
WORDS@ MANOA LITERARY SERIES
University of Hawai’i, Manoa
Hosted by the Creative Writing Program at the U. Of Hawai’i Manoa
STAY TUNED for upcoming readings in:
- Charlotte, NC
- Washington DC
Email Ricco at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Interview: The Interlocutor, by Tyler Nesler, January 27, 2020
Silence is certainly key to “Nicolette and Maribel” and “Deaf Mute,” as you noted. I tend to rely on exposition in my writing, which privileges silence, and wanted to also push myself as a writer to incorporate silence in functional ways to move a story forward. So the moment in the story “The Foley Artist” when Vicente stops in his tracks and sits down on the floor of the video store without speaking surprised me. Vicente’s life work was sound, so his inability to express himself through language hopefully adds another layer of complexity to the story. READ MORE
Up to the Challenge: A Conversation with Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, by YZ Chin, January 29, 2o2o
‘I was pushing myself to write from places that terrified me.’ READ MORE
"Ricco Siasoco Emphasizes the Importance of “Third Spaces” by Amber Ting
November 16, 2019, The Phillipian
"Members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (G.S.A.), South East Asian Club (SEAC), Asian Society, and other students sat in the Office of Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD) in a dialogue with visiting speaker Ricco Siasoco on Monday. Siasoco’s discussion addressed his experiences with intersectionality and his ideas surrounding the topic..."
"Filipinx authors discuss novels, identity at AAC event" by SARAH SANDLOW
November 13, 2019, The Tufts Daily
"Siasoco began the conversation by reading a passage from his book about the meeting of two women. Siasoco said he wanted to write more female characters since his characters were predominantly men.
“I have to push myself and inhabit that body, that being, that mentality, so it was really important to me to understand and stand in solidarity with women by writing two female characters,” Siasoco said."
Read This! Writers' Edition by Alexander Chee
Q: "Are there stories you'd like to see written that aren't out there right now?"
A: "This is a very hard question to answer, because it is so hard to know what you can’t see in some ways. But this is in fact what I teach to my students. What have you never seen described? I wrote my first novel, Edinburgh, for example, in part because I had never seen a Korean American gay man as the narrator of a novel. I made the character like me in part to insist that after a lifetime of being asked to believe my existence was too complicated for literature, that I existed. I exist. I have stories to tell. So for example, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco’s forthcoming debut collection of stories, The Foley Artist: Stories, is one of those—it has Asian and Asian American queer characters unlike any I’ve seen anywhere in books, just in life."
"Humanity, Diversity & resistance in the arts" by Alfred A. Yuson (The Philippine Star), October 21, 2019
"So many books, so little time. Once again, this disproportion came into sorry focus during my brief participation at the 5th Filipino American International Book Festival held at the San Francisco Main Library from Oct. 11 to 13. Organized biennially by the Philippine American Artists & Writers Inc. (PAWA), this year’s fest had the theme “Isang Mundó: Humanity, Diversity, and Resistance in the Arts” — with over 80 writers from several countries and all over the USA converging for readings, panel discussions and book signings."
Wrestlers Fifth Wednesday Screaming Monkeys (Coffee House Press, 2003) Growing Up Filipino (PALH 2003) The Foley Artist Drunken Boat Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (AAWW, 2001) Deaf Mute North American Review
The Foley Artist: Stories
"A collection like a circus of daredevils. . . . A bravura debut." --Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
A compelling debut for fans of the Filipino America brought to life in fiction by Elaine Castillo and Mia Alvar.
At once deliciously bizarre and painfully familiar, The Foley Artist introduces a vital new voice to Asian American literature. Ricco Villanueva Siasoco's powerful debut collection opens new regions of American feeling and thought as it interrogates intimacy, foreignness, and silence in an absurd world.
These nine stories give voice to the intersectional identities of women and men in the Filipino diaspora in America: a straight woman attends her ex-boyfriend's same-sex marriage in coastal Maine; a college-bound teenager encounters his deaf uncle in Manila; Asian American drag queens duke it out in the annual Iowa State Fair; a seventy-nine-year-old foley artist recreates the sounds of life, but is finally unable to save himself.