Bukambibig Poetry Folio of Spoken Word Philippines is now open for contributions to its first volume’s third quarterly issue themed ‘Disasters.’ The folio is looking for spoken word pieces that talk about natural disasters, climate change, global warming, affinity to urban/rural place, individualized experiences of the aftermath of disasters, etc. It seeks contributions from emerging and established Filipino poets who reside in the country or abroad. Entries should be composed of two to three poems (not more than 60 lines each) meant for performance and written in Bikol, Binisaya, English, Hiligaynon/Kiniray-a, Ilokano, Pangasinan, Tagalog, or combination of these languages. (A poem written in the local languages must have a three-sentence synopsis in English.)

Submissions are assumed to be original and previously unpublished. Poems should be written as one document, single-spaced in Garamond font 12 (in MS Word format). The name of the author shall not appear in any of the pages. On the email’s body, write the author’s name, mobile number, email address, and a short bionote (in the third person). The bionote (150-300 words) may include the author’s location in the Philippines or anywhere in the world, academic background, and if applicable, current professional work, writers group affiliations, works published, and writing workshops attended.

All entries must be submitted before 11:59 PM on 10 February 2017 to spokenwordph.poetryfolio@gmail.com with the email subject: Language(s)_Last Name_First Name_MI (example: Binisaya_Dela Cruz_Juan Carlos_P).

The general editor of the folio is Alton Melvar M Dapanas, with Mark Anthony S Angeles—writer-in-residence of the 2013 International Writing Program and Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino’s 2016 Makata ng Taon—and Dr Vim S Nadera—the father of Philippine performance poetry—as consultants. Rina Garcia Chua, editor of ‘Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry’, will write this issue’s critical introduction. The editorial board is also composed of poets Jose Jason L Chancoco (Bikol editor), April Mae M Berza (English editor), Jesus C Insilada (Hiligaynon & Kiniray-a editor), Roy V Aragon (Ilokano editor), Mark Anthony B Austria (Pangasinan editor), and Joel Donato C Jacob (Tagalog editor). Dapanas temporarily serves as the Binisaya editor.

For details on the folio’s Issue 02: Resistance ebook launching and spoken word event titled ‘Aklas’—28 January at Conspiracy Garden Café in #59 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City—and other updates, follow Bukambibig on Facebook, facebook.com/BukambibigPH, and Twitter, twitter.com/BukambibigPH.

The folio is still open to editor-applicants for Binisaya, Waray, and Kapampangan languages. See http://panitikan.ph/content/call-associate-editors-regional-languages-bukambibig-poetry-folio-spoken-word-philippines for core qualifications and submission guidelines.

Read previous Bukambibig issues here: https://issuu.com/bukambibigph

Note: The copyright of the poems published remains with the authors. The folio is unable to give payment for accepted works because it operates with a volunteer-workforce and remains independently published online.