In May 2012, I chaired an author reading session organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies at the American Literature Association. This featured playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, a now-frequent guest of mine, and prose fiction writer Lysley Tenorio, whose new collection Monstress has just come out. Lysley read from Monstress, and Philip read from two of his new plays, Love in American Times and I Dream of Chang and Eng.
My short story “To Herself” was published in the inaugural issue of the Kartika Review in Winter 2007. You can read it for free online. It can also be purchased in the Inaugural Year Anthology.
“To Herself” imagines the exasperation of an overworked public schoolteacher dealing with a difficult child who won’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance–and the sensitivity that she feels required to show to the child’s equally difficult and surprising mother.