About Randy

Associate Professor of English and Dr. James Wilson/BORSF Eminent Scholar Endowed Professor in Southern Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Writer who publishes in a range of media and genres. See Research and Creativity sections for details.

Director of UL Lafayette’s Professional Writing program and humanities professor who teaches Asian and Asian American literature and media.

Filipino American who researches the history of Filipinos in Louisiana and is active in the Filipino American community.  See Community. According to Positively Filipino, one of the “Remarkable and Famous” Fil-Ams.

Media source for stories on Filipinos in Louisiana. See articles in Huff Post and Atlas Obscura, and blog post at The Points Guy.

New Orleanian who spent 14 years living and teaching in the United Arab Emirates, Korea, and Japan, and now lives in Lafayette, La.


Researcher focused on the history of Filipinos in Louisiana.

Public scholar who works with the Philippine Louisiana Historical Society to showcase the  history of Filipinos in the state.


Gonzales, Randy. “Stories Told About the Nineteenth Century Filipino Settlement at St. Malo, Louisiana.” Louisiana Folklore Miscellany: 29 (2019): 5-22. Print. https://www.louisianafolklife.org/LT/Articles_Essays/lfmStMalo.html

—. “(Un)Documented, a Narrative of M— in Letters to/from US Institutions.” Proceedings from the Document Academy: 4.1 (2017). Web. https://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/docam/vol4/iss1/15/

—. “The Filipino Mission Moves to Talisheek, Louisiana.” Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley 16.2 (2017): 83-96. Print. http://gonzales22.com/documents/The_Filipino_Mission.pdf

Public Media

—. “Filipino Americans and U.S. Civil War,” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies. Kevin Nadal,  Leo Yabut Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and E.J.R. David, editors. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage [2022].

—. “Filipino Americans and War of 1812,” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies. Kevin Nadal,  Leo Yabut Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and E.J.R. David, editors. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage [2022].

—. “Philipino Colony Bar and Refreshment Co. and Caballeros de Dimas-Alang Louisiana Lodge No. 34,” The People’s Guide to New Orleans. Lynnell L. Thomas and Elizabeth Steeby. University of California Press [forthcoming]. Print.

“St. Malo,” Louisiana State Historical Marker. St. Bernard, LA. November 2019. 

—. “‘There has to be Lechon’: Celebration in the Filipino Community” (2013). https://youtu.be/q0VfvUn1ivQ


Co-vice-president of the Philippine Louisiana Historical Society (PLHS). For an introduction Filipinos in Louisiana see our handout. https://gonzales22.com/documents/Brief_History_PLHS.pdf

Public speaker who shares the story of Filipino Louisiana. Watch the unveiling of the St. Malo historical marker.

Board member of Filipino American Friends of Acadiana.

Visit Filipino La.

Creative Writing

Writer interested in exploring creativity as a mode of invention, as a method of understanding.

Poet interested in a documentary poetics that incorporates historical texts.


Gonzales, Randy. “One Photograph,” “Balik sa Bayan,” “Paternal Archives” TAYO Literary Magazine 6 (2017) 140-143. Print. http://gonzales22.com/documents/Tayo_Issue_6.pdf

—. “Becoming,” “Tanka for Two,” “Object Benefit of a Grandfather as a Coconut Grinder” Redactions 20 (2016) 17-20. Print. http://gonzales22.com/documents/redactions_2016.pdf

—. “Poetics of a Japanese Pharmacy,” “Provincial Train”  Product 28 (2014). Web. http://www.usmproductmag.com/randygonzales

—. “Diaspora,” Atticus Review 4 Sep. 2015. Web. https://atticusreview.org/diaspora/

—. “Three Disassembled Sonnets.”  Product 25 (2011). Web. http://sites.usm.edu/product/page48/Product25/gonzales.html

—. “Football Match.”  Intentional Walk 22 Mar. 2011. Web. http://www.intentionalwalkreview.com/?p=38

—. “Aubade.”  Cha: An Asian Literary Journal 11 (2011). Web. https://www.asiancha.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=754&Itemid=276

—. “Tropical Depressions.”  The Mississippi Review 12:1 (2006). Web. http://mississippireview.com/2006/Vol12No1-Jan06/1201-010906-gonzales.html


—. “Social Media Biography of a Spree Killer, Part 2” Carbon Culture Review 1 Nov. 2016. Web. http://www.carbonculturereview.com/essay/a-social-media-biography-of-a-spree-killer-part-2/

—. “Social Media Biography of a Spree Killer, Part 1” Carbon Culture Review 1 Jul. 2016. Web. http://www.carbonculturereview.com/essay/a-social-media-biography-of-a-spree-killer/


—. “She Didn’t Go Home,” Alluvian 1 May 2018. Web. http://alluvian.space/she-didnt-go-home-gonzalez

—. “Careful Arrangements,” Eastlit 5.36 (2016).  Reprinted Eastlit 6.48 (2017). Web. http://www.eastlit.com/eastlit-february-2016/eastlit-content-february-2016/careful-arrangements/


—.  “Filipino, Too: Compositions on Culture and Identity” (2014). Dissertations. 263. https://aquila.usm.edu/dissertations/263