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Alex Alviar - The Worst Asian Ever

Alex Alviar - The Worst Asian Ever

A child in 1943 hides in the lilies of a lake in the Philippine village of Tarlac as the Japanese occupy his village. He goes on to move to Detroit and become a doctor.  This story fills Alex with awe and inspires him to take his child to a lake in Michigan, years later, infusing him with the wisdom he’s learned.Alex was born to Filipino immigrant parents just outside Detroit. He read a poem that inspired him to become a featherweight boxer in Mexico and later to become a Zen Buddhist seminary student for almost ten years at a small temple in Ann Arbor, Michigan.He left Michigan to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing in Poetry at the University of Montana. While there, the residents of Troy, Montana named him 2002’s Poetry Slam Champion of Montana, and he very quickly found himself a wife, a mortgage, two kids, two cats, and a dog.In order to pay for all that, he joined forces with the Missoula Writing Collaborative as a Poet in Residence in 2004 and has serv