The National Book Development Board will hold a poetry reading titled “Write We Did Not Burn All Their Villages: Four poets read their work and those of the great dead” this Sunday June 30, 2013 from 330 to 540pm in the Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery at 10-A Alabama Street, Quezon City. The reading will feature the work of former graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop from the US and Philippines, namely: Taryn Schwilling, Isaac Sullivan, Francisco “Kokoy” Guevara and Marc Escalona Gaba. The event is open to the public.
A signed and limited edition of a chapbook will be for sale, containing original art by Isaac Sullivan and poems written by all four poets. Also for sale will be a new chapbook by Marc Gaba in the form of an artwork, a limited edition blueprint, called Untitled.
All four poets and artists received their MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, the first creative writing degree program in the United States and the model for contemporary writing programs.
TARYN SCHWILLING is currently a Fulbright Research Fellow in Cambodia. In the fall, she will be moving to Iraq to begin a lectureship at the American University of Iraq Sulaimani. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Colorado Review, La Petite Zine, Fence, DIAGRAM, West Branch, and Petri Press. She will be featured as an Editor’s Choice by Dan Beachy-Quick in a new journal published by Tupelo Press. She was a finalist for the Slope Editions book prize in 2012.
MARC ESCALONA GABA’s previous publications include Have (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Atomic Neutral (single edition combine, 2011). His work in visual art has appeared in the National Gallery, Silverlens’ 20Square Gallery, MoSpace, and Altro Mondo Contemporanea, among others. A reading of his second play Minsan May Pumara, Minsan Ma’y Pumara (trans. “Though One Asked to Stop, ‘Though One Asked to Stop”) will take place in the Cultural Center of the Philippines in July 2013.
FRANCISCO “KOKOY” GUEVARA is currently teaching at De La Salle University–Manila. In addition, he is currently working with DLSU Publishing House on a series of book-length conversations with poets and thinkers associated with the American avant garde in poetry. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Cordite Poetry Review, Jacket 2, Bookwatch, and The Offending Adam.
ISAAC SULLIVAN pursued a second masteral degree in Fine Arts at the Universityof Iowa. Often he works in multimedia installation art that involves textual sampling. He has exhibited in Iowa and Michigan, and his work in poetry has appeared in Thermos, High Chair, Onesies, and Matter. He has been teaching art in Kuwait, and is moving to Abu Dhabi in the fall.