Ep. 118 Grace Talusan

Photo Credit: Alonso Nichols

This episode features the memoir and fiction of Grace Talusan and the music she’s chosen to go with her work!


Grace Talusan’s first book, The Body Papers, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, a Must-Read for the Massachusetts Book Awards, a Foreword INDIES Finalist, and winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. She was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. She graduated from Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She taught writing for many years at Tufts University and Grub Street. Currently, Talusan is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. You can find her on Instagram at @gracetalusanwriter and on Twitter at @gracet09.


  1. “La sampaguita” by Banda de la Constabularia Filipina (1910)
  2. LIT: From “Family Animals” in The Body Papers
  3. “Forever Young” Alphaville
  4. LIT: From “1984,” to be released in VIDA Review, issue 3
  5. “99 Red Balloons” NENA
  6. LIT: From “Yellow Children” in The Body Papers
  7. “Fast Car” Tracy Chapman
  8. Author Interview
  9. “US” Ruby Ibarra feat. Rocky Rivera, Klassy, and Faith Santilla


Recording and release date 6/17/20


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