The Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center of Silliman University, together with the Department of English and Literature, invites to a series of literary lectures by renowned writers from the Philippines and America this June.

The Bard’s Eye is an Artist’s Eye
Lecture and Poetry Workshop by FIDELITO CORTES

Saturday at 1:00 PM
The Byblos Library at Oriental Hall
Silliman Campus
Fidelito Cortes was a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His first book of poems, Waiting for the Exterminator, received a National Book Award from the Manila Critics’ Circle. His second book, Everyday Things, has just been published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. He lives in Long Island, New York with his wife, Nerissa Balce.

The Dystopian Imagination: Popular Culture and American Fiction

Monday at 10:00 AM
American Studies Resource Center
Robert and Metta Silliman University Library
Silliman Campus
Nerissa S. Balce received a B.A. in Literature and an M.A. in Philippine Studies from De La Salle University, Manila. She worked as a journalist in Manila, writing articles on Philippine literature, politics, culture and the arts. She took doctoral studies at the University of California-Berkeley on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies. Before joining SUNY Stony Brook’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, she received a postdoc at the University of Oregon and taught at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst’s Comparative Literature Program. At Stony Brook, she teaches undergraduate courses on Asian American literature and popular culture. Her research interests include postcolonial theory and the cultures of 1898; race, American visual culture and feminist epistemologies; state violence and Filipino literature during the Marcos regime (1965-1986); and Filipino diasporic culture.

Poetic Process: A Journey Through Three Poems

Wednesday at 7:00 PM
The Byblos Library at Oriental Hall
Silliman Campus
Luis H. Francia is a poet, journalist, and nonfiction writer. His semiautobiographical account of growing up in the Philippines, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, won both the 2002 PEN Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. His poetry books include The Arctic Archipelago and Museum of Absences. He is the author of Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades; the editor of Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English (Rutgers University Press, 1993); and co-editor of Flippin’: Filipinos on America (Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 1997), and of Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999 (NYU Press, 2002).He is included in numerous anthologies, the latest being the forthcoming Library of America’s Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing. He completed a brief history of the Philippines in 2010. He has written for a number of publications, including the Village Voice, the Nation, and the Far Eastern Economic Review. On the board of trustees of the Asian American Writers Workshop and Kundiman Arts, he also teaches at New York University and lives in Queens.

Clouds at Icy Altitude: Joni Mitchell at Firmament

Monday at 10:00 AM
The Byblos Library at Oriental Hall
Silliman Campus
Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is the fiction editor of the webzine Ducts. His fiction has appeared in many venues, including The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Libido, Hampton Shorts, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The North American Review, Medulla Review, Underground Voices, Lunarosity, The Legendary, Tipton Poetry Review, Tattoo Highway, and the anthology Multi-Culti Mixterations. He has also published in Black Bough, Modern Haiku, Parnassus Literary Journal, Potpourri, and Time Haiku. His nonfiction articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Musician, Downtown Express, and Spa Magazine. At New York University, he teaches courses on writing and contemporary culture.
All events are open for free to the public.