We’re thrilled to announce that a new associate editor has joined the Lion’s Roar Foundation—Noel Alumit. His focus will likely be on selling the voices of Asian American Buddhists. Working with the complete help of our print editorial, digital, and publishing groups, he’ll join with leaders, lecturers, and organizers to debate group wants and viewpoints and to establish and have interaction new writers, lecturers, and spokespeople.
Over the years, Lion’s Roar has dramatically elevated the quantity and prominence of lecturers and practitioners of colour in all our publications. With Noel becoming a member of us, we can go a lot additional.
Noel will likely be working intently with fellow associate editors Mariana Restrepo, Ayo Pamela Yetunde, and Mihiri Tillakaratne who have been employed in 2021. Mariana works to amplify the voices of Latino Buddhists, whereas Ayo focuses on Black Buddhists, and Mihiri, like Noel, is targeted on Asian American Buddhists. This proficient staff of associate editors has been funded by the Kataly Foundation.
To enable you to get to know Noel a little higher, we’ve requested him to share a bit about himself.
I’m honored to function associate editor at Lion’s Roar masking Asian American Buddhism. I’ve been an Asian American and queer advocate for over twenty years working with the Asian American theatre firm East West Players and the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, and as a founding member of API Equality-LA, a queer Asian and Pacific Islander social justice group. I additionally had the pleasure of serving as a California State Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, informing the Governor’s workplace about points regarding my group.
As a author, I’ve printed two novels, Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. My work tends to discover themes of immigration, queerness, displacement, and spirituality. My fiction and nonfiction have been printed in USA Today, the Asian Pacific American Journal, McSweeney’s, StoryQuarterly, Best Gay Stories, 2012, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and plenty of others. I just lately obtained a grant to jot down a novel about Nineteen Twenties Hollywood.
I’ve labored in academia as employees or adjunct school on the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and the University of the West. Oh, and I’m additionally a multidisciplinary artist partaking in efficiency and the visible arts. I’ve a BFA in drama.
My very eclectic life is sustained by Buddhism. I deepened my follow by incomes a Master of Divinity in Buddhist chaplaincy at UWest and was ordained via the International Center for Chinese Buddhist Culture and Education. I’ve contributed chapters to A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community and Refuge within the Storm: Voices in Buddhist Crisis Care (forthcoming). I facilitate meditation teams for Meditation Coalition and LA Artcore.
Please attain out to me when you have Asian American Buddhist tales we must always hear about. My electronic mail is [email protected]