Philippine-born and LA-raised Elsa Valmidiano is a writer, poet, feminist, literary activist, globe trekker, and women’s freedom fighter.
Elsa began writing as early as she started reading. Though life took some turns as she studied law and became an activist for women’s rights in the U.S. and her Motherland, the Philippines, she never stopped writing and incorporates much of her activism into her writing, preferring to term herself “literary activist.”
Her works have appeared in local literary journals such as Maganda Magazine, Tayo, Make/shift, Burner, As/Us, Literature for Life, and others, as well as the anthologies Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, Same Difference, and Circe’s Lament. She was shortlisted for the Ivy Terasaka Award for the Short Story and a finalist for the Rita Dove Award for Poetry.
She will serve as Fiction Editor for As/Us and seeks those whose stories need to be told, especially in an industry that oftentimes marginalizes and tries to silence stories of “otherness.”
Elsa holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego, a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College. She has performed numerous readings throughout the Bay Area.
Elsa currently resides in Oakland with her husband.
She was our special guest at Scriptorium on August 6, 2016.