A BROWN-BAG READING WITH
Michelle Cruz Skinner
"In the Company of Strangers"
MON., MAR. 8, 2010 12:30 P.M.
Language & Literature (LL) 316, Arizona State University
Sixteen deceptively simple stories comprise Michelle Cruz Skinner’s much-anticipated follow-up to Balikbayan and Mango Seasons, many of them about Filipinos tongue-tied and alienated in the motherland, or scattered across the map of heartaches and homesickness in the company of strangers called countrymen, family, lovers. A book of quiet gems definitely worth the wait.
—R. Zamora Linmark, author of Prime Time Apparitions and The Evolution of a Sigh
Michelle Cruz Skinner earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University (1991) and currently teaches at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She was born in Manila and raised primarily in Olongapo City, Philippines. A short story from her first collection was selected for the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project and her second book was nominated for the 1996 Philippine National Book Award. Her work has been adapted for stage and public radio and she has read extensively at universities and conferences, both in the Philippines and on the mainland.