A Name Change

Or rather… I have a new pen name: Tessa Barbosa.

If you’ve followed me on social media you might have heard already, but I’ve updated all my handles to @HiTessaBarbosa and set up a pretty new website at There’s not much there yet, but it’s set up to go for someday.

In the meantime, I do plan to keep this blog and this website. I enjoy blogging here and I plan to continue posting personal updates here. But… lately, I’ve also felt like I needed a fresh start.

Tessa is my nickname from one side of my family, and Barbosa is a family name from the other. I’ve been thinking about what I write, and it never felt quite right to use my married name to write when I’ve been writing stories inspired by Filipino culture / history / characters. I want to honor my ancestors and my heritage in my books. And I also want other Filipinos to recognize me too. I’m not trying to hide that part of me. It is me.

Things are in the works. I’ll update you when I can!


News, Reading Recs

Because Twitter moves fast, here’s a permanent link of recommendations.

Note: These links are mainly book and writing focused, because that is the community this blog connects to.

The Basics

Non-Fiction Reading:

  • “So You Want To Talk About Race” by Ijeomo Oluo
  • “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That The Movement Forgot” by Mikki Kendall
  • “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo

Reading For Kids:

Support Black Writers and Bookshops:

For Writers:


If you have any other links you think I should add, please let me know in the comments or through the contact form. I will keep this list updated.