Call for participation to Tanghal 9: Likha LakBayan

TANGHAL, the National University and College Theater Festival, started in 2007 as a national gathering of youth theater groups based in the universities, showcasing the harvest of the best performances during the previous year. Being the wellspring of new performances, the school-based theater performances were considered to be the best starting point to encourage creation of fresh theater experiments. 

The organizers, led by the National Committee on Dramatic Arts of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, set themes in response to pressing issues of the day. Tanghal started in Iloilo, with the University of San Agustinas host of the first Tanghal. In the succeeding years, it moved to Zamboanga (2008) with the Association of Culture and Performance in Zamboanga hosting the event in West Mindanao State University, then on to Laguna (2009) with the ARTIST Inc. and Colegio de San Juan de Letran as host, then to Manila with the ALYANSA Inc. as host and the  De La Salle University, Manila, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines as venues,  and in 2011 the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod became host of Tanghal.

In 2012, the design of the festival was changed to encourage collaboration between schools and communities. The festival was held in four sites, one at each of the four regions in Luzon. The Tanghal was held at the Benguet State University in the Cordilleras; in the Visayas, Tanghal was held at the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod; in Mindanao, the Tanghal was held at the Mindanao State University in General Santos City; and in the National Capital Region, Tanghal was held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila Campus. 

In 2012, natural calamities took its toll in the Visayas—super typhoon Yolanda struck, barely a month after a strong earthquake devastated Bohol. Thus Tanghal 2014 was re-designed to support disaster relief operations and disaster awareness for communities. The 2014 Tanghal: Theater on the Edge was themed and designed as a national gathering of selected representatives from the regions in Bohol. Through a workshop, performances were devised and were later shown in a public performance in Loon, Bohol.  An equallyimportant component was the Ginhawa Theater Caravan which had groups performing in equally devastated areas in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region.

For its ninth year in 2015, we draw lessons from the previous Tanghal festival events. We need to put our acts together— theater artists from all communities should use theater as an avenue for exchange of developed technologies in response to urgent needs of the time. Wider participation and camaraderie among groups and communities should be encouraged. 


Tanghal 2015 is conceived as ‘paglalakbay at paglikha ng bayan’ or Likha Lakbayan. The concept of ‘travelling together’ is significant not only as a curatorial design but also, and more importantly, as a recognition of our archipelagic character as a nation, our heterogeneity and plurality in culture, in language, in the very geography and spaces in which our theater practices thrive. Theater as an act of community in the oarchipelagic context must travel, forming and reforming the center (the nation, as it were) at each site, because each site and the places and people we encounter therein are equally important and constitute the complex fabric of our ‘bayan’.  

The theme incorporates the idea of ‘re-imagining the nation’–devising communities, rebuilding a nation–in response to recent events especially of disasters that devastated many communities. It is therefore still ‘theater-on-the-edge’ but reframed this time as performative actions that redefine the nation for the future.The performances in Tanghal 2015 will feature local practices—‘icons’ of theater practices, both traditional and contemporary—expressing ways of coping with disaster but also the people’s fierce hope and practices of working together for a better future. 

Project Description

The festival will be a collaborative two-part process of devising work (play creation) and presenting the output in at least three sites: one site each in Luzon and the National Capital Region, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

The devising workshop will be a convergence of theater artists (actors/performers) from the four regional networks – Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and NCR— in which these artists will be working with an artistic teammade up of a playwright, a director and choreographer, a production designer, and a musical director.  For ten days, the participants will devise or create a performance using stories and other materials from their regionsthat they will be contributing in the devising process. The venue of the devising workshop is Iloilo, at the University of San Agustin. 

An important beginning event in the devising process is a colloquium on the theme of re-imagining the nation after a disaster, where the participants can listen to and interact with some of the country’s leading intellectuals and artists. 

Performances will follow soon after the devising workshop. In short, the output of the devising workshop willbe performed in Iloilo and then travel to two other sites: one in Mindanao (Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro [for confirmation]) and Intramuros in Manila/Luzon. 

‘Fragments’ of local shows may be performed with the traveling piece. Each site, therefore, will have a mini convergence of theatre artists in the region,and activities may include workshops and discussions, performance fragments, where ‘smaller versions’ of the devised piece may be brought to identified disaster-affected communities. 


Individual theater artists are invited to submit applications to be part of the Devising Workshop. The criteria are the following: 

1. He/she is 18 – 35 years old.

2. He/she is recommended by the Artistic Director of his/her theater organization that is part of the regional network.

Three (3) individuals per region or a total of twelve (12) individuals will be chosen by a Selection Committee composed of the NCDA Head, the Artistic Director of Tanghal 9, and the Director of the devising process and performance. 

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:  
1. a cover letter explaining why he/she wishes to be part of the Tanghal 9 Devising project and what expertise/skill/experience he/she is bringing to the devising work; 
2. his/her Artistic Director’s recommendation letter; and
3. a brief CV with a specific section on his/her theater experience, training, and other artistic accomplishments.

Applications should be submitted by email to the Artistic Director, Mr. Melvin Lee: The deadline for applications is on August 15, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by August 30.


Entries are invited for the Regional Convergence component which will be shown when the Tanghal 9 ‘national’ devised piece would be performed in the region.  

1. The piece must be a restaging of an original work shown within the previous year (pieces shown in the 2014 Ginhawa Caravan are not acceptable).  

2. The piece expresses the theme/s of the festival and showcases theater practices/forms existing or emergent in the region.

3. The duration of the work is 10 minutes. 

For inquiries, interested groups should contact the regional host or write the Project Manager, Mr. Eric Divinagracia:, but the application should be mailed to: The Tanghal 2015 Festival Committee, c/o the Arts Division, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 633 General Luna Street,Intramuros 1002 Manila | Tel. 527-2192 to 98 / Fax 527-2191 & 94

The complete application packet for the regional convergence performances should include:  1) Synopsis and copy of script, 2) Artistic concept and Outline/Scene Breakdown, 3) Technical needs, 4) List of participants: Cast and Staff, 5) Group profile and history, 6) Video clip of the work (on CD/DVD properly labeled), and 7)Record of previous shows (of the entry).

Funding and Other Support

Airfare and other travel and accommodation expenses as well as food provisions for twelve (10) cast andthree (3) staff will be shouldered by the Festival Committee.

Participants in the Regional Convergence will be given a small grant of 5,000 PHP. Food, transportation, and accommodation expenses (if any) shall be shouldered by the participating group.

Important Dates

Submission of Applications    — August 15, 2015
Screening      — August 15 -30, 2015
Notification (Devising participants)   — August 30, 2015
Release of Final Festival Line-up of Performances — September 15, 2015
(Regional Convergence)
Preparation/Coordination/Set-up per Site  — July – September 2015
Colloquium and start of devising process  — October 8, 2015
Devising Workshop     — October 9 – 18, 2015
Performances/Tour     — October 19 – 26, 2015
Run:  Iloilo — October 19, 2015  Mindanao — October 21, 2015  Luzon — October 24, 2015 
Participation in October culture and arts festival– October 24 – 26, 2015 (NCCA-wide, Intramuros)
Departure/return trip   — October 27, 2015
Post festival assessments and reporting   — November 2015

CCP to debut musical about heroism of Apolinario Mabini

It is a steampunk musical foregrounding the intellectual heroism of Apolinario Mabini, who in the second phase of Philippine revolution, displayed an uncommon vision, a warrior’s spirit, and a principled character, as he struggled against all odds to enjoin his countrymen to go beyond considerations of class, clan, economic gain and personal ambition, so they could think and act as citizens of one nation. In partnership with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) to close the year-long celebration of the 150th birthday of Apolinario Mabini.


On 12 June 1898 Apolinario Mabini presents his vision and plans for the second phase of the Philippine revolution against Spain to Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Impressed, the general appoints the paralytic as his chief adviser, believing that the two of them are destined to finish the revolution and set up the new Filipino nation. Mabini advises Aguinaldo to open a congress that will legitimize his government and act as his advisory body.  After the US forces grab Intramuros for themselves, the revolutionary government moves to Malolos, where Aguinaldo promptly convenes congress and appoints Mabini chief minister. But soon, the new government must face major threats to its rule, not only from the American colonizers but from the ilustrado members of congress. First, the bourgeois ilustrados  led by Pedro Paterno and Felipe Buencamino prepare a 50-million peso loan package to the new government that will allow them to control and profit from the financial assets and institutions of the government, and thereby control the government itself. Mabini exposes the ploy, but Aguinaldo, desperate for funds to buy arms and pay his soldiers, approves the loan. Second, refusing to be a mere advisory body, congress creates a constitution that privileges the “oligarchy of the educated” (congress) over the “oligarchy of the ignorant” (the executive and the army).  Mabini insists that in time of war, the executive must be free to make decisions without being shackled by congress. After a few concessions are granted to the executive, the constitution is approved by Aguinaldo. At the dinner celebrating the new republic on 23 January 1899, the president toasts the members of congress, the army, and especially the Mabini cabinet that served the government gratis et amore. The ilustrados are jealous of Mabini’s powers.


Librettist: Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson

Director: Chris Millado

Dramaturg: Manny Pambid

Music & Composition: Jed Balsamo

Co-arrangers: Chino David, TJ Ramos & Emerzon Texon

Sound Design, Over-All Sound & Recording Engineer: TJ Ramos

Choreographer: Denisa Reyes

Set Design: Toym Imao

Costume Design: James Reyes

Lighting Design: Katsch Catoy

Technical Director: Barbara Tan-Tiongco

Video Projection Design: GA Fallarme

Assistant Projection Design: Perky Parong & Sheryl Polancos


July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 – 3:00PM
July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 – 8:00PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)


Ticket Price:

P1000 / P800 / P600

Discounts: 50% for students20% for Senior Citizens,

Government and Military Employees, PWDs. Please present a valid ID


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Manila Improv Festival opens July 8

Experience a merry mix of “tales” with “Chinese characteristics” as The Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) officially open the Manila Improv Festival along with ImproMafia of Brisbane, Taichung Improv and the trio from The Beijing Collective.

Don’t miss this incredible night of laughter, fun and comedy at PETA Theater in Quezon city!

Regular price: Php 450
Student price (show ID): Php 250
Senior citizen & PWD: Php 360
Watch All You Can Festival Pass: Php 2,500 (for all 11 shows!)

2 ways to reserve your seats!

(1) text SPIT at +63 915 451 9116 or e-mail us at

(2) call Ticketworld @ 891 9999 or visit (with service charge)


Call for proposals to “Against the Grain: Dissidence, Dissonance, and Difference in Asia-Pacific Writing and Translation”

“Against the Grain: Dissidence, Dissonance, and Difference in Asia-Pacific Writing and Translation”
Metro Manila, 22-25 October 2015

The Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) with the University of the Philippines (UP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts(NCCA) extend an invitation for presentations in the 8th international Asia Pacific Writers and Translators gathering to be held in Metro Manila on 22-25 October 2015. Sponsors include De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, the British Council, Ateneo de Manila University, and Anvil Publishing. This gathering offers a space in which to establish new literary connections and strengthen exiting ties in the Asia Pacific region but not limited to it.
The Sri Lankan-born Man Booker Prize finalist Romesh Gunesekera, and Philippine writers Jose Dalisay and Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, are invited keynote speakers.
The APWT gathering will consist of panel sessions of 70-90 minutes, each allowing four or five presentations on topics of interest to writers. Panels on translation are also very welcome. Presentations should be informal but thorough, and 10-minutes short. An open discussion with other panelists and the audience follows. This gathering is NOT a venue for academic/critical papers; writers make up the audience, some of whom may not be academics.
The APWT also enjoins participation in its literary readings/performances. Writing workshops will also be offered, details to be available later.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Literature in a time of terror
Taboo and transgression
Writing violence, writing trauma
Writing across disciplines
Writing within/without/beyond the canon
Regional literature
Transmedial translation
Translating Westward, translating in-country
The writing life
Publishing outside the center
Powerpoint is discouraged.
Please submit your proposal, in one or two paragraphs, about your chosen topic and how specifically it can connect to our theme. This will enable us to place you in a panel of similar topics. The broader and more relevant the appeal, the more likely the acceptance of your proposal. The organizers may request modification of your proposal for a more effective and interesting fit.
Please also send a bionote (80 to 150 words) and a high resolution photograph for the gathering’s program.
Deadline for submissionof proposals is on 30 June 2015, at the latest.
Please direct all submissions and inquiries, subject headed PRESENTATION PROPOSALor NON PANELIST REGISTRATION INTEREST to apwt2015@gmail. com.
All participants are reminded that the APWT has no funds for travel and lodging of participants, and has traditionally subsisted on the private initiative of its members. You are encouraged to seek sponsorship for your participation.
Conference Fee
A modest fee will be collected to help sustain the association’s other activites. The fees for resident nationals of the host country are always discounted:
Full 3days: US$50 registration for APWT members; US$80 for non members.
One day: US$40.
You may opt to pay in US dollars or Philippine pesos at the current exchange rate through:
Landbank UP Diliman E.O.
G/F Southeast Corner
Bulwagang Rizal Bldg
CAL, UP Campus
Diliman, Quezon City
Landbank Swift Code: TLBPPHMMXXX
Peso Account:
DECL Foundation Inc.
US Dollar Account:
Department of English and Comparative Literature Foundation Inc
Registration for Non-panelists
Please register your interest if you would like to only attend the gathering.
Formal Letter of Invitation
We will send individual letters of invitation upon acceptance of your proposal, or upon request if you require this to apply for funding.
We will provide a list of affordable hotels and their rates close to the conference venue.

Mga lagda sa tigi sa sinulatay sa Bathalad-Mindanao alang sa Tuig 2015

1.      Ang tigi  alang lamang sa upat (4) ka kategoriya: Sugilanon, Balak, Gumalaysay ug Komiks nga bukas alang sa mga magsusulat nga nagagikan sa Luzon, Kabisay-an ug Mindanao;
2.      Ang tigi magsugod sa Hulyo 1, 2015 ug matapos sa Septiyembre 30, 2015, nga ang mga ganti mao kining mosunod:
Unang Ganti                                      :           PhP 5,000.00
Ikaduhang Ganti                              :           PhP 3,000.00
Ikatulong Ganti                                :           PhP 2,000.00
Ug tulo (3) ka Pinasidunggan        :           PhP 500.00/Pinasidunggan
3.      Mahimong isalmot ang wala pa mapatik ug kon napatik na, kinahanglan patabanan ug “Panghimatuod” kon unsa nga mantalaan kun magasin diin kini napatik, ug kon kanus-a napatik, ug kinahanglan nga wala pa kini sukad makadaog og major prize sa bisag asa nga mga tigi sa sinulatay;
4.      Matag sumasalmot gitugotan lamang sa pagsalmot og duha (2) ka entry  sa matag kategoriya;
5.      Sa matag kategoriya, usa lamang ka ganti ang mahimong madaog sa matag magsusulat, sabton nga sa duha ka entry nga midaog sa samang kategoriya, ang dakong pwesto lamang maoy iyang maangkon.
6.      Ang matag salmot kinahanglan nga minakinilya/computer print/Xerox sa usa ka mubonga bond paper (8-1/2” x 11”) sa tagurha ka lab-ang. Dili hanap. Ang margin usa lamang ka pulgada sa matag kilid. Himoon nga upat (4) ka kopya nga isulod sa taas nga sobre uban ang entry fee ngaPhP 100.00 diin ilakip pagsulod angP anghimatuod;
7.      Ang matag entry fee sa kada salmot nga tag-PhP 100.00 ipaagi sa hero postal o money order ug ibayad ngadto sa BATHALAD-Mindanao. Ang BATHALAD-Mindanao dili manginlabot sa mga salmot ug entry fee nga mawagtang diha sa pahatanan, ug dili mahidangat sa buhatan niini;
8.      Ang matag salmot kinahanglan Ulohan ra ang isulat sa matag kategoriya. Dili patikan ni sulatan og mabisag unsa nga marka, kuri-kuris ug uban pang marka ang luyo nga bahin sa matag tampo;
9.      Sa Tigi sa pagsulatog Komiks, napulo (10) ngadto sa napulog duha (12) lamang ka kahon (Frame) sa matag salmot ang gitugot.
10.  Ang matag salmot nga Balak, kinahanglan nga dili molabaw sa duha (2) ka panid. Ang Sugilanon, gikan sa pito (7) ngadto sa napulo (10) ka panid, ug ang Gumalaysay, gikan sa upat (4) ngadto sa unom (6) ka panid;
11.  Ang Ulohan, tinuod nga ngalan sa tagsulat, adres, contact number ug pirma, kinahanglan isulod sa gamay nga sobre, takpan ug sinelyohan. Ang maong sobre sulatan lamang sa Ulohan ug Kategoriya;
12.  Anga BATHALAD-Mindanao adunay katungod sa paghikling sa mga himatud-an nga nakalapas bisan hain niining mga lagda. Ang maong salmot o mga salmot dili na ilakip sa Tigi ug ang entry fee dili namahibalik sa tagsulat;
13.  Ang tanang mananaog nga salmot panag-iyahon sa BATHALAD-Mindanao kinsa adunay katungod sa pagpatik, pagmantala o paglangkob ngadto sa usa ka basahon. Ang katungod sa tagsulat magpabilin ingon man katungod usab niya ang pagpatik niini alang sa iyang kaugalingon apan kinahanglan mangayo og pagtugot sa BATHALAD-Mindanao;
14.  Ang hukom sa Hunta sa mga Maghuhukom pagailhong pinal ug dili na matuis ni malalis;
15.  Ang mga mananaog ipahibalo atoll sa tinuig nga Kombensiyon sa BATHALAD-Mindanao sa bulan sa Oktubre17-18, 2015 didto sa dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro.
16.  Ang mga salmot adto ipadangat sa BATHALAD-Mindanao, c/o Diana Flores sa 017 Doña Juana Subdivision, Pala-o, Iligan City.

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Kataga-Lucena magbubukas ng art exhibit sa Quezon Province

Bilang tugon sa deklarasyon ng pagpapalaganap ng mga akda bilang bahagi ng pagiging manggagawang pangkultura, ilulunsad ng Kataga – Lucena (Panitik at Tanghal) ang art exhibit sa ika-28 Hunyo 2015 sa Luisa and Daughter Restaurant, Lucena City, Quezon.

Tampok ang 15 obra ni Christopher Fernandez ng PIZON (Pintor ng Quezon) sa exhibit na pinamagatang “Mga Pikit na Sugat: Tanghal-Sining ng Samu’t Saring Forever”. Layon ng proyektong ito na ibahagi ang paniniwalang ambag sa pag-unlad ng lipunan ang paglago ng sining at kultura sa Lalawigan ng Quezon.

Sa pakikipag-ugnayang ito, itatanghal ang bawat tulang nakalapat sa mensahe ng mga obra sa pamamagitan ng audio-visual presentation at performance art.

Magkakaroon rin ng libreng panayam pampanitikan at sining hinggil sa pagpipinta at pagsusulat sa pangunguna ng mga imbitadong tagapagsalita

“From the Eyes of a Healer” extends deadline of submission

“From the Eyes of a Healer” has extended the deadline for accepting submissions of literary contributions (nonfiction, medical anecdotes) in English or Filipino that explore the rich experiences of medical doctors and medical students as they deal with patients, families, colleagues, and even relationships attheclinic or hospital. Stories may be about small or bigtriumphs, frustrations, dilemmas, empathy, and burnout.

The submission guidelines are as follows:
1. The call is open to all past or present medical students of UP College of Medicine and post-graduate medical interns/residents/fellows/consultants of Philippine General Hospital.
2. Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words. Each qualified writer may submit only one manuscript file. If previously published, provide the bibliographical information.
3. All submissions should be single-spaced and attached in one document file. The prescribed font type is Arial, standard font size 12. Please include a bionote of no more than 300 words on the last page of the document.
4. Only online submissions will be considered. The document file to be attached should be in .doc, .docx or .rtf, and labeled with the author’s last name and the title of the story in the submission (e.g. Belen THE PATIENT.doc). The filename should also be indicated in the e-mail’s subject line.
5. The new deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM, Philippine Standard Time, on AUGUST 1, 2015.

The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication.For inquiries and submissions, contact the editors at Please specify ‘inquiry’ or ‘submission’ in the subject line.Authors of selected stories will receive a copy of the book in compensation. 

UST National Writers’ Workshop 2015 fellows named

The University of Santo Tomas Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (UST CCWLS) will be holding its annual National Writers’ Workshop July 19-25, 2015 at Ridgewood Residence in Baguio City.

The following are the writing fellows and their institutional affiliations: Mailan Falculan (UP Diliman) and Ma. Camille Rivera (Miriam College) for poetry in English; John Roemart Atienza (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation) and Daniw Plaridel Q. Santiago (UP Diliman) for poetry in Filipino; Rina Garcia Chua (UST) and Dominic Paul Sy (UP Diliman) for fiction in English; Marvin Einstein Mejaro (UST) and Rijel Reyes (UST) for fiction in Filipino; Christian Rey Buendia (UP Los Baños) and Adrian Crisostomo Ho (De La Salle University) for creative nonfiction in English; Tyron Judes Casumpang (Ateneo de Manila University) for play in Filipino; and Marianne Freya Nono (UST) for fiction in English/play in Filipino.

The special guest panelist of this year’s Workshop is UP University Professor Emeritus Gémino H. Abad, one of the most renowned poet-critics of the Philippines. Workshop Director is poet-critic Ralph Semino Galan, the Assistant Director of the UST CCWLS, and Workshop Coordinator is poet-playwright Ina Abuan, one of the Resident Fellow of the UST CCWLS.

The rest of the teaching panel is composed of Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Director of the UST CCWLS, and the rest of the Center’s Resident Fellowss: Augusto Antonio A. Aguila, Vijae Orquia Alquisola, Ma. Ailil Alvarez, Mar Anthony Simon Dela Cruz, Joselito D. Delos Reyes, Dawn Marie Nicole Marfil, Ned Parfan, Chuckberry J. Pascual, John Jack G. Wigley, and Joselito B. Zulueta.

The fellows are requested to get in touch with the Workshop Coordinator, through landline 406-1611 loc. 8281 or through her mobile phone (0923) 6887024 for further questions and updates connected to the Workshop.​


Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center presents series of lectures for June

The Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center of Silliman University, together with the Department of English and Literature, invites to a series of literary lectures by renowned writers from the Philippines and America this June.

The Bard’s Eye is an Artist’s Eye
Lecture and Poetry Workshop by FIDELITO CORTES

Saturday at 1:00 PM
The Byblos Library at Oriental Hall
Silliman Campus
Fidelito Cortes was a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His first book of poems, Waiting for the Exterminator, received a National Book Award from the Manila Critics’ Circle. His second book, Everyday Things, has just been published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. He lives in Long Island, New York with his wife, Nerissa Balce.

The Dystopian Imagination: Popular Culture and American Fiction

Monday at 10:00 AM
American Studies Resource Center
Robert and Metta Silliman University Library
Silliman Campus
Nerissa S. Balce received a B.A. in Literature and an M.A. in Philippine Studies from De La Salle University, Manila. She worked as a journalist in Manila, writing articles on Philippine literature, politics, culture and the arts. She took doctoral studies at the University of California-Berkeley on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies. Before joining SUNY Stony Brook’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, she received a postdoc at the University of Oregon and taught at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst’s Comparative Literature Program. At Stony Brook, she teaches undergraduate courses on Asian American literature and popular culture. Her research interests include postcolonial theory and the cultures of 1898; race, American visual culture and feminist epistemologies; state violence and Filipino literature during the Marcos regime (1965-1986); and Filipino diasporic culture.

Poetic Process: A Journey Through Three Poems

Wednesday at 7:00 PM
The Byblos Library at Oriental Hall
Silliman Campus
Luis H. Francia is a poet, journalist, and nonfiction writer. His semiautobiographical account of growing up in the Philippines, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, won both the 2002 PEN Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. His poetry books include The Arctic Archipelago and Museum of Absences. He is the author of Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades; the editor of Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English (Rutgers University Press, 1993); and co-editor of Flippin’: Filipinos on America (Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 1997), and of Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999 (NYU Press, 2002).He is included in numerous anthologies, the latest being the forthcoming Library of America’s Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing. He completed a brief history of the Philippines in 2010. He has written for a number of publications, including the Village Voice, the Nation, and the Far Eastern Economic Review. On the board of trustees of the Asian American Writers Workshop and Kundiman Arts, he also teaches at New York University and lives in Queens.

Clouds at Icy Altitude: Joni Mitchell at Firmament

Monday at 10:00 AM
The Byblos Library at Oriental Hall
Silliman Campus
Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is the fiction editor of the webzine Ducts. His fiction has appeared in many venues, including The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Libido, Hampton Shorts, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The North American Review, Medulla Review, Underground Voices, Lunarosity, The Legendary, Tipton Poetry Review, Tattoo Highway, and the anthology Multi-Culti Mixterations. He has also published in Black Bough, Modern Haiku, Parnassus Literary Journal, Potpourri, and Time Haiku. His nonfiction articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Musician, Downtown Express, and Spa Magazine. At New York University, he teaches courses on writing and contemporary culture.
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