basement stories issue #4 is now up!

It’s been up for a while now, sorry for the tardy post. I can’t believe my name is listed on the cover alongside these big names!

You can read the issue’s introduction here, and my poem here. Thank you to James Dent and Carol Kirkman for having me.


“TimeSnip” by Cat Rambo

“Sugarplum Karma” by S. Hutson Blount

“A Void Wrapped in a Smile” by T.A. Pratt



“Dreams After the Storm” by Eliza Victoria

“Remorse and the Pariah” by Michael J. DeLuca

“Birthing Monsters” by Siobhan Carroll

“Dawn” by WC Roberts



“And All My Idols  Are Angels, With the Faces of Cranky Old Men” by George Potter



under the storm poetry anthology launch

September 2 at the Ayala Museum. Thanks to Ian for guiding us haha!

Got held up at work so unfortunately I missed a huge chunk of the event, but J and I got there in time to meet up with Charles, Jordan, Lyza, and Tin (who sassed the waiters at MCafe for being so goddamn slow). Met Eva for the first time, and forgot to tell her that I loved this poem of hers. Met Richard Bolisay for the first time (oo kailangan full name haha) and saw Gian again. And it was wonderful to see Andrea! So sabaw I forgot to ask for autographs. I would love to round up all of these lovely people in one corner of this city and just talk and drink – that would be nice, yes?

Read my poem, “Crime Scenes“. I was a member of a writing organization in college that regularly held poetry readings, but I’ve never read a poem before. Yep – never. So of course I was nervous and frightened but people said it was okay. Not too painful? Beautiful. I listened to Andrea’s recording of my reading (probably coming soon on YouTube now on YouTube, thanks to Andrea and Kate) and boy, did I hate my voice haha. Next time I’ll just make someone else read my work.

I regret not being able to arrive earlier, though. Bitin! But at least I got the chance to stay, even for a short while.

Again, thanks to editors Joel and Khavn for letting me be a part of this.

Photos from Jovie Angelica Dayon.

editor khavn de la cruz