M. Evelina Galang is an American novelist, short story writer, editor, essayist, educator, and an activist of Filipina descent.
Galang, M. Evelina was born on April 20, 1961 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Maria Evelina Galang, the eldest of six children, was the first American-born member of her family. Her father, Miguel T. Galang, a physician, and mother, Gloria Lopez-Tan Galang.
M. Evelina Galang studied at University of Wisconsin Madison and received the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983. He attended State University of New York Brockport, Brockport Writers’ Forum during the years 1989-90. He received the Master of Fine Arts at Colorado State University in 1994.
Galang started her career as a member of ensemble at University Theatre for Children and Young People in 1982, she has held this position till 1986. During the years 1982-1986 also she was a creator and developer at WMTV Channel 15.
Galang’s writing explores the experiences of Filipino immigrants and first-generation Filipino Americans. “M. Evelina Galang's work spans generations with her writing of young Filipina-Americans and the surviving World War II ‘comfort women.’”
Her Wild American Self, written as Galang's MFA thesis, was published to acclaim in 1996. The New York Times Book Review praised the story collection for its "elegant, mesmerizing style," and said, "the brief, chant like monologues that frame the collection are as lyrical as prayers." It was named a Times Notable Book.
In 2003 Galang edited Screaming Monkeys: A Critique of Asian American Images, an anthology of essays, poetry, illustrations, advertising, and pictures. It won ForeWord Magazine's Gold Book of the Year Award for 2003, as well as the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award in the Advancement of Human Rights for 2003.
One Tribe, Galang’s first novel, won the AWP Series for the Novel Award in 2004, while still in manuscript. Set in the Filipino-American community of Norfolk, Va., it was published by New Issues Press in 2006. It won the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award for Fiction.
Galang’s second novel, Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery (2013), marketed to Young Adult readers, was nominated for the 2014 Teen Choice Award, named a Young People Against the World book recommendation by the Northwest Asian Weekly, and it was selected for the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Feminist Literature List `from Birth through 18.