Letters to a Young Brown Girl (Paperback)
Reyes's unapologetic intersectionally feminist "tough love" poems show young women of color, especially Filipinas, how to survive oppression with fearlessness.
Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of five previous collections of poetry: Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2006), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, Diwata (BOA, 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry, To Love as Aswang (PAWA, Inc. Publications, 2015), Invocation to Daughters (City Lights, 2017), and Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA, 2020). She is an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco's Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. She lives with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland, CA.