Southern Authors No. 6 — Arian Tejano on the Writer as a Nomad and Transgender Literatures in the Philippines

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Arian Tejano earned her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines-Mindanao. She was also a fellow at the Davao Writers Workshop. A poet and a photographer, she balances her time between Tandag, Surigao del Sur and Dumaguete, and occasionally travels around Asia for the love and self-exploration. In 2015, her poem When A Lady Boy Loves A Foreign Man won first prize at “The Other Side” poetry contest of Hong Kong-based Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She is a marketing analyst by profession.

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Southern Authors No. 4 — Christine F. Godinez-Ortega on the Iligan National Writers’ Workshop, the ‘Regional’ Writer, and Philippine Literature from the ‘Peripheries’

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Christine F Godinez-Ortega is the long-time workshop director of the annual Iligan National Writers’ Workshop & Literature Teachers Conference. She holds a Doctor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from De La Salle University and Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Silliman University. She is the president of the Mindanao Creative Writers Group, Inc. and has served as Head of the National Literary Arts Committee of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Also a member of the Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, and Novelists) and the Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators, she has received fellowships from the Silliman National Summer Writers Workshop, the UP National Writers Workshop, the Cornelio Faigao Writers Workshop, and the Sumitomo Foundation Japan and has represented the country in numerous events abroad including the Hyderabad Literary Festival and ASEAN Literary Festival in Jakarta. She is a recipient of the Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez conferred by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) and the CMO Asia 2016 for Leadership in Education. Recently, she has retired as a professor at the Department of English of Mindanao State University’s Iligan Institute of Technology but is currently serving as a lecturer at the same university’s graduate program in Culture and Arts Studies.

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Southern Authors No. 3 — Charlie Samuya Veric on Bad Workshops, New Literary Oligarchies, and the (Anti)Professionalization of Poetry

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Critic, poet, and curator, Charlie Samuya Veric is broadly interested in cultural theory, postcolonial studies, poetry, and visual culture, especially as these relate to interdisciplinary questions in Philippine studies as well as American studies. Born and raised in Aklan, his critical essays have been published in American Quarterly, Common Knowledge, Kritika Kultura, Perspectives in Arts and the Humanities Asia, Philippine Studies, Rethinking History, and Social Text, among others. He has authored two bestselling and acclaimed poetry books, Histories (2015) and Boyhood: A Long Lyric (2017), both published by Ateneo de Manila University Press. (The books may be purchased at these websites: http://www.ateneo.edu/ateneopress/product/histories-poems-print and http://www.ateneo.edu/ateneopress/product/boyhood-long-lyric.) Recently, he curated Figuring Filipino Utopia, an exhibition that looked at the permanent collection of the Ateneo Art Gallery in the context of decolonization and utopia. He is at work on a book project, titled Children of the Postcolony, which examines the thoughts of the first generation of Filipino intellectuals following the declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States and how they have shaped the conception of a decolonizing culture. He received his PhD in American Studies from Yale University, the first Filipino to hold such a distinction, where his dissertation—titled Techniques of the Face: An Essay on Everyday Embodiment, Representation, and Consciousness—was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship and approved without revision by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He teaches literature and cultural theory at Ateneo de Manila University. In Spring of 2018, he will be serving as a Writing Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa.

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Southern Authors No. 2 — Johanna Michelle Lim on Distance, Sense-making, and Travel Writing

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Johanna Michelle Lim is an essayist and travel writer based in Cebu City. After university, she became involved in advocacies like poverty alleviation and education, during which she started her long excursions around the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She has been a fellow at the 54th Silliman University National Writers’ Workshop and has a forthcoming work at Mindanao Odysseys: A Collection of Travel Essays on Mindanao. She will launch her first collection of travel essays this February 2018 called What Distance Tells Us.

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Southern Authors No. 1 — Christian S Baldomero, Adeva Jane Esparrago, and Melrein John Viado on Writing Young

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This 16 December 2017, writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) will launch three titles—Christian S Baldomero’s “When The World Offers You Loneliness”, Adeva Jane Esparrago’s “Do Not Fall In Love With A Poet: Collected Spoken Word Poems (2013-2017)”, and Melrein John Viado’s “Mula Sa Ikatlong Palapag: Mga Piling Tula”—under its publication arm Bulawan Books.

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