California Literary Review

Profile of Abigail Licad


Abigail Licad grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. at age 13. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in literature from Oxford University. Her poetry and book reviews have appeared in “Calyx,” “The Critical Flame,” “Borderlands,” and “Smartish Pace.” She is a books editor at “Hyphen,” an Asian American culture and politics magazine based in San Francisco,

Email Address:

abigail (DOT) licad (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • Book Review: Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr
    Posted on 06 Jul 2011 in Books, Literary Themes, Non-Fiction Reviews, Poetry

    Except for a (thankfully) brief, unscientific use of Google metrics, Orr beautifully shares instances of why one might fall in love with poetry. He recounts his life-changing discovery of the poet Philip Larkin, and his experience of helping his father, a stroke victim, improve his speech through readings of Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat.”

  • Book Review: Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee
    Posted on 16 May 2011 in Books, Fiction Reviews, India

    The title refers to the new female embodiment aspired to by the main character Anjali Bose – the modern woman working as one of India’s burgeoning number of call-center agents “bearing hope and energy that is infectious.” This modern woman has abandoned the sari for American blue jeans, hangs out at Starbucks, shops at upscale stores, and commutes around town by motorcycle.

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