Gémino H. Abad, University Professor emeritus of literature and creative writing, is a poet, fictionist, and literary critic and historian, with various honors and awards. In 2009, he received Italy’s Premio Feronia (“Foreign author category”) for his poetry, later published as a bi-lingual edn., Dove le parole non si spezzano (Roma: Edizioni Ensemble, 2015): selected poems from In Ordinary Time: Poems, Parables, Poetics 1973-2003 (2004). Where No Words Break: New Poems and Past (2014) is his tenth poetry collection, and Past Mountain Dreaming (2010), his ninth of critical essays; he has two collections of short stories, Orion’s Belt (1996) and A Makeshift Sun (2001). He is known also for his three-volume anthology of Filipino poetry in English from 1905 to the 1990s – Man of Earth (1989), A Native Clearing (1993), and A Habit of Shores (1999); and a six-volume anthology of Filipino short stories in English from 1956 to 2008 – Upon Our Own Ground (2008), Underground Spirit (2010), and Hoard of Thunder (2012). He obtained his Ph.D. in English at the University of Chicago in 1970, and continues to teach at U.P. where he has served as Secretary of the University, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and Director of the U.P. Creative Writing Center (now an Institute). His latest work is The Achieve of, the Mastery (the sequel anthology to Habit of Shores) which the UP Press will launch this year.
Gémino H. Abad: Bibliography of Works
Books of Poetry, Fiction, and Critical Essays
- Fugitive Emphasis. First collection of poems. The Diliman Review, 1973.
- In Another Light: Poems and Essays. Critical essays in the neo-Aristotelian mode (“Chicago school of criticism”). Q.C. [Quezon City]: University of the Philippines [U.P.] Press, 1976.
- A Formal Approach to Lyric Poetry. A theoretical work after the “Chicago school of criticism” (notably R.S. Crane and Elder Olson). U.P. Press, 1978.
- The Space Between. Poems and critical essays in the post-structuralist mode. U.P. Press, 1985.
- Poems and Parables. Q.C.: Kalikasan Press, 1988; reprinted, UP Press, 2002 [UP Jubilee Student’s Edition].
- State of Play. Letter-essays and parables. Kalikasan Press, 1990.
- Orion’s Belt and Other Writings. First collection of stories, with essays on the writing of fiction. UP Press, 1996.
- Father and Daughter. Stories, poems, and essays, with his daughter, Cyan R. Abad. Pasig City: Anvil, 1996.
- A Makeshift Sun. Stories and Poems. UP Press, 2001.
- In Ordinary Time: Poems, Parables, Poetics. UP Press, 2004.
- Getting Real: An Introduction to the Practice of Poetry. Collegiate textbook on the writing of poetry. U.P. Press, 2004
- Our Scene So Fair’: Filipino Poetry in English, 1905 to 1955. Critical essays on the first half-century of our poetry in English. U.P. Press, 2008.
- Care of Light: New Poems and Found. Anvil, 2010.
- Imagination’s Way: Essays Critical and Personal. UST Press, 2010.
- All Our Nameable Days: Poems Revisited. UP Press, 2013.
- Where No Words Break: New Poems and Past. UP Press, 2014.
- Past Mountain Dreaming: New Essays (UP Press, 2015).
A three-volume historical anthology of Filipino poetry in English
- Man of Earth: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, 1905 to the mid-‘50s. Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1989. With critical Introduction and various appendices for the literary scholar. (This is the only volume in the series that is co-edited with Edna Zapanta Manlapaz).
- A Native Clearing: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English since the ‘50s to the Present / From Edith L. Tiempo to F. Bautista. U.P. Press, 1993. With critical Introduction and various appendices for the literary scholar. This is the sequel to Man of Earth [no co-editor].
- A Habit of Shores: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, ‘60s to the ‘90s. U.P. Press, 1999. With critical Introduction and various appendices for the literary scholar. This is the sequel to A Native Clearing [no co-editor].
- Note: A sequel anthology to A Habit of Shores, entitled The Achieve of, the Mastery: Filipino Poetry from English, 1995 to 2016, co-ed., Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, will be launched this year (2017) by the U.P. Press.
A six-volume historical anthology of Filipino short stories in English
22-23. Upon Our Own Ground: Filipino Short Stories in English, 1956 to 1972; 2 vols. With critical Introduction and various appendices for the literary scholar. U.P. Press, 2008.
24-25. Underground Spirit: Filipino Short Stories in English, 1973 to 1989; 2 vols. With critical Introduction and various appendices for the literary scholar. U.P. Press, 2010.
26-27. Hoard of Thunder, the last anthology to Underground Spirit, covers the period 1990 to 2008; 2 vols. With critical Introduction and various appendices for the literary scholar. U.P. Press, 2013.
- Ed., The Children’s Hour, vol. I. U. P. Press, 2007. Filipino short stories in English on childhood. [Vol. II is edited by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo.] U.P. Press, 2007.
- Ed., with notes on the poems: Homero Ch. Veloso, Swirls of Impasto (Privately printed: Victor O. Ramos, 1996).
- Ed., Who’s Afraid of Ching Dadufalza? [a festschrift for Prof. Concepcion D. Dadufalza]. Easyprint House, 2002.
- Ed., A Wanderer in the Night of the World: The Poems of NVM Gonzalez. U.P. Press, 2015.
Anthologies edited, with co-editor
- An Edith Tiempo Reader. Ed. with Isagani R. Cruz, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Alfred A. Yuson, and Edna Zapanta Manlapaz. U.P. Press, 1999.
- Supreme Court Decisions as Literature. Manila: The Philippine Judiciary Foundation, 2001. Co-edited with Alfred A. Yuson and Asuncion M. Albert.
- 100 Love Poems: Philippine Love Poetry in English since 1905 [a historical anthology, with critical intro. and bio-notes; part of the UP Jubilee student edition series]. U.P. Press, 2004. Co-edited with Alfred A. Yuson.
- Father Poems [an anthology of poems on fathers by Filipino poets in English]. Quezon City: Anvil, 2004. Co-edited with Alfred A. Yuson.
- Honoring Fathers: An International Poetry Anthology.P. Press, 2005. Co-edited with Alfred A. Yuson.
- The N.V.M. Gonzalez Awards Stories. U.P. Press, 2007. Co-editor, Gregorio C. Brillantes. Finalist in the Gintong Aklat Award 2008 of the Book Development Association of the Philippines; finalist also in the National Book Award / NBDB-Manila Critics Circle, 2008.
- Fairground: A Literary Feast. Ed. Gémino H. Abad and Alma Cruz Miclat. (Festschrift for Mario Ignacio Miclat). Q.C.: Maningning Miclat Art Foundaton, 2014.
- This Craft, as with a Woman Loved: The Poetry of Artemio Tadena; co-ed., Myrna Peña-Reyes. UST Publishing House, 2016.
- The Likhaan Anthology of Philippine Literature in English from 1900 to the Present. General editor; co-edited with Associates in the UP Creative Writing Center. U.P. Press, 1999; reprinted, 2002. A collegiate textbook in Philippine literature in English.
- F.A.Q. / Frequently Asked Questions on Poetry [with Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta; a question-and-answer introduction to the writing of poetry]. University of Santo Tomas (U.S.T.) Press, 2003.
- Our People’s Story: Philippine Literature in English; co-edited with Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo. U.P. Open University, 2003.
The Likhaan (U.P. Creative Writing Center) annual “Best of Philippine Writing” series (in English and Filipino) –
- The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction, 1995. UP Press, 1996. The first volume in the annual Best of Philippine Writing series from the UP Creative Writing Center. Co-edited with Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo.
- The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction, 1997. UP Press, 1999. The third volume in the annual Best of Philippine Writing series. Co-edited with Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo.
- The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 2001. UP Press, 2002.
Co-edited with Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo
- General editor, NCCA Ubod Project [chapbook series of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay by young writers in several Philippine languages (English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Iluko, Hiligaynon, Bikol, Pangasinense); first series of 35 titles. Manila: National Commission on Culture and the Arts, 2005.
- Ed. [Issue Editor], Likhaan 6 The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature; associate eds, Virgilio S. Almario and Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo. UP Institute of Creative Writing, 2012.
- The Prairie Schooner [literary journal of the University of Nebraska], co-ed. Kwame Dawes. A Fusion E-Zine collaboration featuring Philippine poetry in English. November 2013. (Introduction to Philippine poetry by G. H. Abad)
- Index to Filipino Poetry in English, 1905 to 1950, ed. with Edna Zapanta-Manlapaz. Pasig: National Book Store, 1988.