Alton Melvar Dapanas is the associate editor of Mindanao Odysseys: A Collection of Travel Essays, general editor of Bukambibig, a multilingual journal of spoken word and performance poetry, co-editor of Libulan: Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature, and editor for essay & nonfiction of Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao. He is the author of two forthcoming books—The Cartographies of Our Skin: Lyric Essays (2018) and An Archipelago of Napes and Other Prose Poems (2019). Writing, translating, and editing in Binisaya and in English, his poems, nonfiction memoirs, travel writings, and lyric essays have been published in online and print magazines, journals, and anthologies in 7 countries on 3 continents. He is affiliated with the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators, and spearheads writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro. Currently, he is writing for the European Union’s Mindanao Interfaith Institute on Lumad Studies and has weekly segment at the Mindanao Gold Star Daily, and is working on a fiction and nonfiction anthology about conflict/postconflict Lumad and Moro areas in Mindanao and his third book, a micro-essay collection, to be titled The Rain Displaces The River.
Si Ton Daposala bag-ohay lang nadawat nga fellow for poetry sa 57th UP National Writers’ Workshop (UP Likhaan Institute of Creative Writing). Usa sab siya ka writing fellow sa balak sa 27th Cornelio Faigao Annual Writers Workshop (University of San Carlos-Cebuano Studies Center) ug sa 18th Iligan National Writers Workshop. Anaa siya sa antolohiya sa Brown Child: The Best Faigao Fiction and Poetry, Sakayang Papel: Anthology of Bisaya Poetry, The Best of Dagmay, ug The Nomads Quarterly. Sa tuig 2013, na-shortlisted siya sa Labing Masaarong Bag-ong Magsusulat sa Bisaya. Sa tuig 2016, nahimo siyang resource person sa Taboan Writers Festival sa National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Ang iyang mga obra mabasa sa Bisaya Magasin sa Manila Bulletin, ug Kabisdak Cebuano Literary Lighthouse. Nagtudlo siyag katitikan ug malalangong panulat sa Capitol University. Miyembro sa Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) ug editor sa balak sa Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao. Iyang koleksiyon sa Binisayang balak nga giulohag Basa-basâ gipatik sa Xavier University Press karong tuiga.Continue reading Southern Authors No. 15 — Ton Daposala sa Erotikong Pamalak
Si Jessrel E Gilbuena kay kasamtangang nagtudlo og katitikan sa mga tinun-an sa hayskol. Nakatambong na siya sa pipila ka writer’s workshop sama sa Ateneo National Writers Workshop ug Iligan National Writers Workshop. Nahatagan usab og mga pasidungog ang iyang mga balak. Ang iyang unang librobalak, Lugas sa Balas, gilusad niadtong tuig 2017. Usa siya ka panelista sa tinuig nga Cebu Young Writers’ Studio ug magtatampo sa unang bolyum sa Libulan Binisayang Antolohiya sa Katitikang Queer. Iyang balak nga ‘Tutok’ nga gihimog short film nakasakmit sa ikaduhang ganti sa NCCA’s Bayani/han Short Film Contest. Continue reading Southern Authors No. 14 — Jessrel E Gilbuena sa Islahanong Katitikan ug Queer Ecopoetry
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author and editor of twenty books, including the novels: When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, The Newspaper Widow, Magdalena; and short story collections: Vigan and Other Stories, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories, Woman With Horns and Other Stories.
Cecilia co-edited six other books and she co-authored a novel, Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel. Her work has been translated into Finnish and Turkish; and many of her stories and articles have been widely anthologized.
Cecilia has received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award for her work dealing with Asian American youths, as well as a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, 21st District. She received the prestigious Filipinas Magazine Arts Award,and the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu, Philippines. She has received several travel grants in the Philippines, from the USIS (United States Information Service).
She has lectured and performed in worldwide literary arts organizations and universities, including UCLA, USC, University of Connecticut, University of the Philippines, PEN, Beyond Baroque, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and many others.
Aside from writing and editing, Cecilia publishes fine literature under the imprint of Philippine American Literary House (Palhbooks.com). Her official website is http://www.ceciliabrainard.com. She also manages a blog at http://cbrainard.blogspot.com.
Justine Camacho-Tajonera was born and grew up in Cebu City, Philippines. Despite starting a corporate career in telecommunications, she pursued her Master of Arts (MA) in Literary and Cultural Studies at Ateneo de Manila University to keep her close to her first love of writing (and reading).
She has had her poetry published in several anthologies and publications such as Eros Pinoy: An Anthology of Contemporary Erotica in Philippine Art and Poetry, The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction, Going Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas, and Love Gathers All: The Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry.She has published six books: Artemis Lets Go (contemporary romance novella), A Portrait of Jade (YA novelette), Gift: Poems, her first collection of poetry, Bayawak’s Trail (a crime novelette), The Mermaid from Siquijor (fantasy novella), and Snuggle Wuggle Wee (a children’s book co-authored with Buding Aquino-Dee and Jenny Ong). She maintains a blog, Claiming Alexandria (http://claimingalexandria.blogspot.com).
She works full time at a corporate job in the Philippines, is married, and has two children.