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.