1st Philippine LGBTQ Writers Workshop Fellows Announced

Ten emerging LGBTQ poets have been chosen as fellows of the first national creative writing workshop devoted to Philippine LGBTQ poetry. They are Mariel Alonzo (English), Marvin Aquino (Bikol), King V. Llanza (English), Alfonso Manalastas (English), Michael Thomas Nelmida (Filipino), Jose Luis Pablo (English), Steno Padilla (Filipino), TD Shaw (English), Paolo Sumayao (Bikol), and Macky Torrechilla (Kinaray-a).

The workshop, which will be held on 23-27 July 2018 at the University Hotel in the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), is jointly sponsored by the UP and Goldsmiths University of London. It is a part of the international research and arts consortium called GlobalGRACE: Global Gender and Cultures of Equality. GlobalGRACE is funded by the Research Council UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

A panel of established LGBTQ poets, led by workshop director Dr. Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr. of UPD, will facilitate the workshop. Joining him are Dr. Ronald Baytan of De La Salle University (DLSU), who will give keynote address; Prof. Shane Carreon of UP Cebu (via Skype from Binghampton University, New York); Dr. Eugene Evasco of UPD; Prof. Nerisa del Carmen Guevara of the University of Santo Tomas (UST); and Dr. John Iremil Teodoro of DLSU. Prof. J. Neil C. Garcia, the project coordinator of the Philippine component of GlobalGrace, will also be in the panel.

This poetry workshop is the first in an annual series of LGBTQ creative writing workshops. Succeeding workshops will be devoted to the writing of LGBTQ fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama. These workshops are an affiliate activity of the Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing.

Fellows to the 1st Ateneo Libulan LGBT+ Writers Workshop named

As part of the MoonLIT LGBTQ+ Festival, the Ateneo Libulan Circle, in cooperation with southern writers bloc Libulan Queer Collective, is set to hold the 1st Ateneo Libulan LGBT+ Writers Workshop (ALLWW), a creative writing fellowship for aspiring Filipino LGBTQIA+ writers, on June 27, 2018 at the Ateneo de Davao University in Roxas Avenue, Davao City.

Focusing on developing emerging voices across the different Philippine languages, the writing fellows named for this year are Jasmine Arcega(Davao City), Helena Maria Baraquel (Quezon City), John Gilford Auxilio Doquila (Cagayan de Oro City/Davao City), Lauren Sevilla Faustino/Diwa Malaya (Binondo), Lynn Jairus Montilla (Tacloban City), Carlo Rey Vidamo (Malabon City), and Celine Grace Villafane(Koronadal City).

The panelists for this year’s workshop are composed of diverse southern young writers across the gender spectrum—queer essayist and poet Alton Melvar Dapanas of Cagayan de Oro City, gay fictionist and playwright R Joseph Dazo of Cebu City, pansexual poet Chris David Lao of Davao City, and lesbian poet and essayist Ria Valdez of Davao City. Bisexual poet Mariel Alonzo of Davao City serves as the workshop director.

The MoonLIT LGBTQ+ Festival is organized by the Ateneo Libulan Circle, with the support of the Libulan Queer Collective and with gracious support of  BooksActually (Singapore), Platypus Press (UK), The Proud Trust (UK), Graywolf Press (US), and SAND Journal(Germany).

Call for Submissions to the Philippines’ First National LGBTQ Poetry Workshop

The first national creative writing workshop devoted to Philippine LGBTQ poetry is being jointly sponsored this July by the University of the Philippines and Goldsmiths University of London, as part of the international research and arts consortium called GlobalGRACE: Global Gender and Cultures of Equality. GlobalGRACE is funded by the Research Council UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

The workshop will take place on July 23-27, 2018 at the University Hotel in UP Diliman, and will be facilitated by a panel of established LGBTQ poets, led by Professor Romulo Baquiran, Jr. of UP Diliman and Prof. Nerisa del Carmen Guevara of the University of Santo Tomas. Prof. J. Neil C. Garcia, the project coordinator of the Philippine component of GlobalGrace, will also be in the panel.

The workshop is open to all Filipino LGBTQ poets, from 18 to 40 years old, writing in any Philippine language. Submissions that are not originally written in English or Filipino will need to be accompanied by a translation into either language. Each submission should consist of a suite of 6 to 8 poems. There are no thematic requirements.

The ten fellows who will be accepted to the workshop will be billeted at the workshop venue, and will receive a daily stipend.  A modest travel allowance may also be available for those who will be coming from the regions. There will be germane socials incorporated into the workshop schedule, to complement and enrich the fellows’ holistic experience.

This poetry workshop will be the first in an annual series of LGBTQ creative writing workshops. Succeeding workshops will be devoted to the writing of LGBTQ fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama.

The overarching goal of the Philippine component of the GlobalGRACE Project is to help  realize and enact the ideal of cultures of gender and sexual equality through the nurturing and promotion of Philippine LGBTQ literature.

Moreover, this component seeks to provide institutional and pedagogical support to help discover and enable nonheteronormative voices and hone the creative writing skills of aspiring Filipino LGBTQ writers. These poems, stories, essays, and plays will hopefully not only express and disseminate but also enact, deepen, and expand the consciousness and identity of these writers, empowering and assisting them in their overall wellbeing.

The resultant texts and works of all the GlobalGRACE projects—across six countries—will be archived, published, and curated in the Global Museum of Equalities, to be housed in both the UK and South Africa.

These workshops are an affiliate activity of the Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018.

Please email submissions, accompanied by a cover letter (that also attests to the works’ originality), to Prof. Francis Paolo Quina at philippinelgbtqworkshop@gmail.com