Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP), the Fine Arts Program, and the Rizal Library—will host a lecture and reading by the editorial team of transit, an online journal and small press initiative. The launch of the proposition and call for submissions for the sixth issue follows the lecture and reading. The event will be on Apr. 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at 4/f Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.

The overview of the talk offered by the editors reads: “In the plenitude of platforms made possible by the internet and the inversely proportional limited avenues of literary production in the Philippines, how is an online literary /intermedia journal to position itself in order to unsettle the discourses that hinder the development of our understanding of innovative literary practices in relation to literary history, in order to enable the engagement with the ethical dimension of the practice of literary arts in a country such as ours? Ethics, in this sense, as thinking about a certain sense of worth in the work that we do, and thinking about a sense of futurity in our understanding of our contemporary literary practices. Transit’s talk will focus on the idea of a proposition–how such an aggressive strategy, i.e., as statement of conviction, forces us, as practitioners and readers, to think about and form an understanding of what we do, why we do it, what is at stake, what is forgone, i.e., an understanding of our position in this literary landscape. The idea of proposition as belief, as challenge, as instigation, coupled with the privileging of the notions of the new and the future—how does such a positioning help us decide to keep on writing ethically, based on the awareness of our accountabilities and privileges as writers in a country like ours?”


About the readers

Carlos Quijon, Jr. writes essays and poetry. His works have been published in High Chair, DiscLab, Cabinet, The Literary Apprentice, and in the Kritika Kultura Anthology of New Writing in English. New work is forthcoming in the Kritika Kultura Special Literary Section for the Contemporary Philippine Essay. He has been chosen as a fellow in Para Site’s Workshops for Emerging Art Professionals to be held this October. He was also a fellow for Hybrid Text in the 13th Ateneo National Writers Workshop. He is founding editor of transit and is, with Gerick King, co-founder of modo, a design studio that specializes in arts-related design projects. His chapbook DECOMPOSITION was published in 2012.

Christian Benitez is a writer of poetry, prose, and things in-between. Taking up Filipino Literature with a minor degree in Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University, he was a fellow for local and international writer’s workshop and his works have been published in several publications and literary journals. His poetry has been awarded by the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards. He is the Filipino Editor of Heights, the official literary and artistic student publication of the university, and an Editor of transit: an online journal. His first poetry chapbook, Rhetoric, was published in 2015.

Jeivi Nicdao is a senior AB Psychology and AB Panitikan (Filipino) major at the Ateneo de Manila University. She was a fellow for tula in the 20th Ateneo Heights Writers Workshop, the 15th IYAS National Writers Workshop, and the 13th Ateneo National Writers Workshop. Her works in English and Filipino have been published in Heights, where she is a member of the current editorial board. Rouse, her first chapbook, was published last year.

Karize Michella Uy graduated with a Communication Arts degree from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. Aside from being published in transit, her works have also been featured in The Sunday Times, Philippines Free Press, The Cabinet, HESA Inprint, Qarrtsiluni, DiscLab, and recently, in PiKo, an anthology of children’s comics. Her photographs were also shown in Slideluck Manila. She serves as co-editor of The Cabinet, a multimedia arts collective that fosters emergent and liminal forms of storytelling.

Dana Lee Delgado was raised partly in Marikina, and partly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she lived and studied for ten years. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and is an alumna of the UP Writers Club. These days she divides her time between editing books and hanging out with her dog Atticus. She is also working on a new collection of essays. Her work has appeared in Ampersand and Kritika Kultura. Seven is her first chapbook.

Yohan Belarmino is a writer and photographer. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños with a degree in Communication Arts major in writing. His college thesis “Furniture Stories” won best creative thesis in 2015. He was a member of PANTAS UPLB, a literary organization devoted to short story writing and criticism.