Philippine American Literary House, PALH

Welcome to the website of PALH, also known as Philippine American Literary House.  PALH publishes high quality fiction and creative non-fiction by Filipino Americans and other Filipinos. US-based PALH is partnering with Philippine-based publisher, Studio5 Designs, so that most titles of PALH will have a Philippine Edition.

PALH has a blog at and is a member of PAPC or Philippine American Publishers Consortium.

PALH's beginnings connect with PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists), an award-winning group that supported other Filipina writers and artists and provided community service.  PAWWA recognized the lack of Filipino and Filipino American books in the United States and encouraged PAWWA co-founders Cecilia Brainard and Susan Montepio to start PALH.   PALH currently continues under the leadership of Cecilia Brainard with the help of an Advisory Board.

PALH's published books include Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence, Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults, and Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. All titles have received excellent reviews by Booklist, School Library Journal, Amerasia Journal, and others. These books are available at, PALH, Philippine Expressions, among others. These are also available in E-Book form from Kindle and Nook.

PALH's forthcoming books include A River, One Woman Deep: Stories by Linda Ty-Casper, and the collected short stories of Veronica Montes.

PALH's Advisory Board:

Rocío G. Davis is currently an independent scholar based in Spain. Her research interests include Asian North American writing, autobiography and history, postcolonialism, and children's literature. She was a founding member of MESEA (The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas) and is currently Vice-President of the Association. Her publications include three monographs, five edited special issues of journals, and over 90 articles in books or journals.

Paulino Lim, Jr. is emeritus professor at California State University, Long Beach. He earned a master's degree at University of Santo Tomas, Manila, and a doctorate at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of a book on Byron and five works of fiction, including a quartet of political novels on the Philippines

Edmundo F. Litton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University where he is the Coordinator of the Secondary and Bilingual Programs.  He completed his Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Georgetown University.  He also holds an MA in Educational Technology and a Doctorate in Education in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. 

Reine Marie Melvin is a Filipina editor, writer, and translator based in Paris, France. She had worked as the senior project editor of the International Herald Tribune.

Brian Ascalon Roley is the award-winning author of American Son: a novel (W.W. Norton), The Last Mistress of Jose Rizal and Other Stories, among others. He is an English Professor at Miami University of Ohio.

Akemi Kikumara Yano is an anthropologist, museum curator, educator, and writer of books, plays, and professional papers, published in both English and Japanese.  She is the author of Through Harsh Winters:  The Life of An Immigrant Woman and Promises Kept:  The Life of an Immigrant Man.  Her most recent book is the Encyclopedia of Japanese Descendants in the Americas:  An Illustrated History of Nikkei.  She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA and taught at both UCLA & USC.

General Manager: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author and editor of 19 books. She teaches at the Writers Program of UCLA Extension.

How to Submit to PALH

PALH will consider works of fiction and creative non-fiction by Filipino-Americans and other Filipinos. Please email your Query and the first 10 pages, pasted at the bottom of the email, not an attachment, to


PALH-ezine showcases published Filipino (and Filipino American) writers and their writings and in so doing hopes to serve as an important resource to students, librarians, educators, and researchers looking for online material on Philippine literature and Filipino writers (including Philippine American literature and writers). In addition, PALH-ezine publishes book reviews of Philippine, Philippine American, and Asian American book







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