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).