Victorette Joy (VJ) Campilan finished her MFA in Creative Writing in De La Salle University-Manila and BA Communication Research in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She was first published in UP Diliman’s literary journal, Likhaan, for her short story, “Real Dhaka.” The story eventually expanded into her first novel, All My Lonely Islands, her thesis for her MFA that meditates on what it means to struggle with a fractured sense of Self for Filipino third-culture kids (TCK). The manuscript won the 2015 Palanca Memorial Awards Grand Prize for the Novel in English and the published work won the 2017 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award.
She was chosen as a fellow for fiction in the 2018 UP National Writers Workshop.
VJ is a financial journalist and editor by trade, having contributed to the publications of investment institution Standard & Poor’s in NYC, business publication Momentum Media in Sydney, and Shenzhen-based B2B platform Global Sources.
VJ currently resides in Manila. You can follow her thoughts and musings on life and writing at her blog: vjcampilan.wordpress.com.
All My Lonely Islands, Anvil Publishing, 2017
“Real Dhaka,” Likhaan Volume 7, UP Press, 2013