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Welcome to the official website of award-winning author, poet, and essayist Victoria G. Smith!
Here you’ll find the latest updates on Ms. Smith’s literary work and author events, and information on how to book her for readings, book signings, and her unique brand of “Gatecrasher Talks!”
The author of the award-winning novella, Faith Healer, and the critically-acclaimed poetry collection, Warrior Heart, Pilgrim Soul: An Immigrant’s Journey, also shares her contemplations on the craft of writing and current events relevant to a writer’s life in the Blog page.
3 days ago
#Feature1 Dear Readers, humbly sharing two other feathers apparently added to my literary cap:
1. My newest poetry collection manuscript, "Mother of Exiles", has advanced in the blind judging process, and is in the running for the Able Muse Book Award; and
2. any one or more of my individual poems, (1) The Springtime of Their Diaspora | (2) Portrait of My Parents | (3) Exhuming Neruda | (4) Forked Milky Way | (5) Dressing the Dead, have likewise advanced in the blind judging process and are being considered for the Able Muse Write Poetry Award.
I confess that I've not written at all in recent months due to a recent move to an island in the Puget Sound, but it's encouraging to know that what literary pieces I've created prior to the move are getting some recognition--certainly an encouragement for me to return to writing as soon as I unpack the last moving box! I have the most beautiful, inspiring environment for the creative process in my new home that has been blessed with great views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and the Cascade Mountains, plus layered island and ferry lane views of the Sound, surrounded by waterfalls, streams, brooks, and great hiking trails in the pristine pine forests and madrona woodlands of the mystical and magical Pacific Northwest! I am filled with never-ending awe, wonder, and gratitude for the gifts of the great Creator Universe to this little creator in me! I knew when I first saw this property that this is the place where I will finally finish the novel I've been writing for two decades! ... See MoreSee Less
I always enjoy reading your good news, Victoria! I also am non-mfa, am moving to an island and have poems under consideration for the Able Muse Write Prize. Hah, we're like sisters! Wishing you luck and blessings in all your endeavours, Lynne
Congratulations again, Sis! Wishing you all the blessings in this competition! 😊💕
7 months ago
#Feature2 It is my honor and privilege to be chosen and featured among the notable "Filipinos Around the World" by the Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs. Thanks much to Chicago Philippine Consul General Generoso Calonge and Cultural Officer Anna Liza F. Alcantara for their initiatives in this regard."What it is to be a Filipino is hard to define, as we are a people of mixed cultures and races—a true melting pot of humanity. As an immigrant Filipino writer in the United States, I tackled this complicated issue in my essay, “Gatekeepers and Gatecrashers in Contemporary American Poetry: Reflections of a Filipino Immigrant Poet in the United States”, which appeared in the 2015 Black Lawrence Press anthology, OTHERS WILL ENTER THE GATES: IMMIGRANT POETS ON POETRY, INFLUENCES, AND WRITING IN AMERICA, and in the Introduction to Preface to the First Edition of my first poetry collection, Warrior Heart, Pilgrim Soul: An Immigrant’s Journey. This is what I wrote:
“Do I see myself as a Filipino writer who only happens to reside in the United States? Or do I consider myself an American writer who incidentally has Philippine roots? Is the place in which I write determinative of who I am as a writer? Or is my identity determined by nationality roots, the dominant sociocultural construct that thereby becomes the frame of reference for my work? So many questions; so many layers of nuanced issues to explore! And the possible answers, equally complex.
To start with, the fact that I write mainly in English is enough for some Filipino writers to repudiate me as an authentic Filipino writer. For to them, language is the medium of identity, and failure to write in one’s native language is an affront to our culture, dismissing me, the suspect writer, as just another neocolonial agent.
So am I then simply an ‘American’ writer? Which begs the question, ‘Who is the American writer?’ While I am now a United States citizen, I doubt this is enough for me to claim that I have become an American writer. For I came to the United States at a later age, already immersed in the narrative and traditions that have shaped and inspired the literature of my native land. A writer’s identity cannot be based on mere citizenship, surely. While having been born and raised in the United States are certainly influential in shaping a writer, even persuasive to his sense of identity perhaps, this certainly cannot be exclusive. Just think of the descendants of some Muslim immigrants born and raised in the western world yet can’t seem to identify with the culture of their adopted countries. Thus, a writer cannot be referenced solely in terms of the location of the act of writing. Residing and writing within the United States may also be irrelevant if the cultural lens from which one sees and tries to understand his subject matter is so far removed from the cultural lens of the country in which he lives. But from which cultural lens should an American writer adopt a perspective? Indeed, what is American culture but a kaleidoscope of many varied cultures?" ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations, Sis!! An honor well deserved!! So happy for you! 😊😊😊👏👏👏
Congratulations, Marivic!!! 😘❤️❤️👏👏👏 Jude & Rose
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7 months ago
#Feature3 Another blessing and honor I'm grateful for, dear Readers and Friends: my poem, "The Way We Are", wins an "Honorable Mention" recognition in the 2016 Annual Crosswinds Poetry Journal contest. And may I say--not a bad one, since I had to compete with more than a thousand poems submitted to this contest from 47 States and 3 foreign countries! This honor is in addition to the journal choosing to publish this and another poem of mine, "My Rumpelstiltskin" (chosen as "Finalist"--which is to say my own poems were pitted against each other and apparently fared well!) in its next issue featuring the winners' works. Thank you all for your continued patronage and support. You inspire me to give my best to the written page always! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations again, Marivic! 😘❤️❤️👏👏👏 Jude & Rose
It really pours!!! You are deserving!!!
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