Garcia, J. Neil C.

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J. Neil C. Garcia teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he serves as Director of the university press and a Fellow for Poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing.

He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, includingThe Sorrows of Water (2000),Kaluluwa (2001), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005), Misterios and Other Poems(2005), and Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques(2003).

In 2009, Hong Kong University Press published its own international edition of his Philippine Gay Culture(1996). Between 1994 and 2014, he coedited the famousLadladseries of Philippine gay writing. Two other important anthologies that he edited are Aura: the Gay Theme in Philippine Fiction in English, published in 2012, and Bright Sign, Bright Age: Critical Essays in Philippines Studies, published in 2017.

His poems, essays, and books have received a variety of recognitions and prizes, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, the Philippines Free Press Literary Prize, and the National Book Award. He regularly contributes film and theater reviews to GMA News Online.

His most recent books are The Postcolonial Perverse: Critiques of Contemporary Philippine Culture, Homeless in Unhomeliness: Postcolonial Critiques of Philippine Literature,and Myth and Writing: Occasional Prose.

He is the director for the Philippines of Project GlobalGRACE: Global Gender and Cultures of Equality, a world-wide research and arts consortium sponsored by the Research Councils of the United Kingdom and Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently at work on “Likha,” his seventh poetry book.