M. Evelina Galang is the author of HER WILD AMERICAN SELF (Coffee House Press, ’96), a collection of short stories and the novels, ONE TRIBE (New Issues Press, ’06) and ANGEL DE LA LUNA AND THE 5TH GLORIOUS MYSTERY (Coffee House Press, ’13). She is the editor of SCREAMING MONKEYS: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, ‘03).
Galang has been researching the lives of the women of Liga ng mga Lolang Pilipina (LILA Pilipina), surviving Filipina “Comfort Women” of WWII, since 1998. In 2002, she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Philippines where she continued her work with survivors. After former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared there was not enough evidence to prove 400,000 WWII “Comfort Women” were coerced into sex slave camps, she authored the blog, “Laban for the Lolas!” in support of House Resolution 121 and was the Filipino American Outreach coordinator for 121 Coalition.
LOLAS’ HOUSE: FILIPINO WOMEN LIVING WITH WAR (Curbstone Books, ’17), is Galang’s creative nonfiction work documenting the testimonies of 16 surviving Filipina “Comfort Women” and their fight for justice.
Galang is the recipient of numerous awards, among them, the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights, the 2004 AWP Prize in the Novel and the 2007 Global Filipino Award in Literature for ONE TRIBE.
In the spring of 2020, Galang was named Cornell University’s Zalaznick Distinguished Visiting Writer. She directed the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami from 2009-2019. She now teaches for the University of Miami Creative Writing Program and is core faculty and President of the Board of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA/Voices).
She has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas by Filipina Women’s Network.