Festival of Books 2012

Writings from the Asian Diaspora: About the Panelists

Prince GomolvilasPrince Gomolvilas wrote the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel, Mysterious Skin, and received the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama for The Theory of Everything. He writes on Bamboo Nation, an arts and entertainment blog; and tours around the country with musician Brandon Patton as part of the storytelling, song-singing, bingo-playing duo, Jukebox Stories. He teaches in the master of professional writing program at USC.

Velina Hasu HoustonVelina Hasu Houston has written over thirty plays including sixteen commissions in a career that began at New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club with her seminal work, Tea.  Her plays are presented internationally and extensively throughout Asia. The recipient of many honors, Houston writes opera, essays, television and film scripts, and poetry.  Her current projects include a Los Angeles Opera commission, a 25th anniversary production of Tea revised with music at East West Players, a multinational commission (US-UK-Canada-Greece-Croatia) adapting Iphigenia at Aulis from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has four new plays in development: Glimmer, Cinnamon Girl, The Territory of Dreams, and Brown Girl in the Ring Tra-La-La-La.  Houston is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, Writers Guild of America-West, League of Professional Theatre Women, and Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She serves on the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange.  At the USC School of Theatre, she is founder of the master of fine arts in dramatic writing, professor of theatre, associate dean of faculty, director of dramatic writing, and resident playwright.

Catherine LiuCatherine Liu is a professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Irvine, where she also is the director of the UCI Humanities Center. Her academic books include Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) and The American Idyll: Academic Anti-Elitism as Cultural Critique (University of Iowa Press, 2011). Oriental Girls Desire Romance, her debut novel, was published by Kaya Press.

Sunyoung Lee is the publisher and editor-in-chief at Kaya Press. She has an MFA in creative writing with a specialization in poetry from UC Irvine, and has written for a number of different publications, including Publisher’s Weekly and the The Village Voice.