Mia Alvar

01 Oct 2016
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
St. Peter's Parish Hall

Mia Alvar

Photograph by Deborah Lopez

Mia Alvar was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her work has appeared in One Story, the Missouri Review, FiveChapters, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University, she lives in New York City.


In nine globe-trotting tales, Alvar gives voice to the women and men of the Philippines and its diaspora. From Manila and the Middle East to New York and South America, maids, college professors, and engineers, as well as dutiful sons and daughters, make incredible sacrifices. Loyalty to family and the search for something better drive a generation of pioneers confronting the hardships of life in new countries and cultures. Alvar’s stories explore the universal experiences of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined.

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