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 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.
Jaime An Lim was born in Cagayan de Oro City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (AB) in English (cum laude) from Mindanao State University in Marawi City, his Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing from Silliman University in Dumaguete City, and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington in Indiana, USA.
His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Philippines Free Press, Philippine Panorama, Home Life, Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, Ani: Literary Journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Caracoa: The Poetry Journal of the Philippine Literary Arts Council, Mantala: A Quarterly Journal of Philippine Literature, The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1995 and 1996, The Likhaan Anthology of Philippine Literature in English from 1900 to Present, In Time Passing, There Are Things: 100 Home Life Poets, A Habit of Shores: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, 60s to the 90s, Eros Pinoy: An Anthology of Contemporary Erotica in Philippine Arts and Poetry, and Affirming the Filipino: An Anthology of Philippine Literature. His first poetry collection, Trios, was published by the University of the Philippines Press in 1998.
Dominique La Victoria is a playwright from Cagayan de Oro. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative Writing (2014) and Theater Arts (2015) from the Ateneo de Manila University. She was a fellow for playwriting at the 20thIligan National Writers Workshop. Her plays ‘Chipline’ (2013) and ‘Ang Bata sa Drum’ (2016/2017) were staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Virgin Labfest, with the latter published in the third VLF anthology and staged by Bindlestiff Studios in San Francisco, California. ‘Ang Bata sa Drum’ was adjudged Third Prize at the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. After bouncing between New York, Manila, and Cagayan de Oro, she is currently living in London taking up Master of Arts (MA) in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths University of London.