Writing has always been a way to express ourselves and organize our thoughts. It becomes an even more powerful tool for healing from trauma, not just for the writer, but also for those who read it. But processing trauma through writing is easier said than done, especially when we are going through both collective and personal trauma under COVID19.

For this episode, our guests Anna Felicia Sanchez, Ramon Guillermo, and Charlson Ong will be sharing their insights on the simultaneously disturbing and comforting process of writing trauma.

Anna Felicia Sanchez is the author of the fiction collections How to Pacify a Distraught Infant and the forthcoming Pics or It Didn’t Happen, both with UP Press. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and teaches literature and creative writing under the Department of English and Comparative Literature in UP Diliman.

Charlson Ong had published 4 collections of short fiction and 3 novels including: Of that other Country we now Speak, and Banyaga: A Song of War. He has also co-written, produced and directed the movie Tanabata’s Wife.

Ramon Guillermo is practicing translator and novelist as well as a Professor at the Center for International Studies (CIS) at the University of the Philippines Diliman.