Bukambibig Poetry Folio of Spoken Word Philippines, the country’s only multilingual, free-access, and digital folio of performance poetry, is now open for contributions to its first volume’s fourth quarterly issue themed ‘Social Movements’. The folio is looking for spoken word pieces that talk about relevant social conditions—a spectrum of human rights violations, social inequities, econo-ethnic vulnerabilities, extra-judicial killings, etc.—seen through theoretical lenses.

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 & Kinaray-a, Ilokano, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray. (A poem written in a local language 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Submissions are assumed to be original and previously unpublished.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 (150-200 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, publication history, and writing workshops attended.

All entries must be submitted before 11:59 PM on 5 June 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 poet and essayist Alton Melvar Dapanas, with Mark Angeles—writer-in-residence of the 2013 International Writing Program and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino’s 2016 Makata ng Taon—and Dr Vim Nadera—the father of Philippine performance poetry—as consultants. Zola P Gonzalez-Macarambon, avant-garde poet, art critic, and scholar, will write this issue’s critical introduction. The editorial board is also composed of renowned poets Jose Jason L Chancoco (Bikol editor), Cindy A Velasquez (Binisaya editor), April Mae M Berza (English editor), Jesus C Insilada (Hiligaynon & Kinaray-a editor), Roy V Aragon (Ilokano editor), Mark Anthony B Austria (Pangasinan editor), Joel Donato C Jacob (Tagalog editor), and Aivee C Badulid (Waray editor).

For details on the folio’s Issue 03: ‘Disasters’ ebook launching and spoken word event titled ‘Delubyo’—22 April at Splice Events Place and Restaurant in Mandaluyong—and other updates, follow Bukambibig on Facebook, facebook.com/BukambibigPH, and Twitter, twitter.com/BukambibigPH.

The folio is still open to editor-applicants for Kapampangan language. See panitikan.ph/content/call-kapampangan-and-waray-editors-bukambibig-poetry-folio-spoken-word-philippines for core qualifications and submission guidelines.

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Note: The copyright of the poems published remains with the authors.