PALH or Philippine American Literary House

PO Box 5099
Santa Monica, CA 90409

Welcome to the site of PALH, also known as Philippine American Literary House.  PALH publishes high quality fiction and creative non-fiction by Filipino Americans and other Filipinos. 

PAWWA Co-founders

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 publications include:

Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence;l
Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults;
Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults;
A River, One Woman Deep: Short Stories and a Novella by Linda Ty-Casper (left);
Benedicta Takes Wing by Veronica Montes (right).

All titles have received excellent reviews by Booklist, School Library Journal, Amerasia Journal, and others. These books are available from, Philippine Expressions, PALH's site, among others. They are also available in E-book from from Kindle and Nook.

PALH also distributes Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's novels published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House: Magdalena (2016) and The Newspaper Widow (2017).

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's Advisory Board:

RocĂ­o 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 (left) is a Filipina editor, writer, and translator based in Paris, France. She has worked as the senior project editor of the International Herald Tribune.


PALH's GENERAL MANAGER: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author and editor of 19 books. She teaches at the Writers Program of UCLA Extension.

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 Kikumura 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.

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