The Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao is now open for contributions to its fourth regular issue themed ‘Mental Disorders’. Bulawan’s editors are looking for poems, short stories, flash fiction/nonfiction, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, screenplays, full-length play excerpts, novel chapters, critical essays, book reviews, and visual artworks that discuss psychiatric/psychological disorders—anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.
Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revoked the registration of Rappler, a media outlet that dares speak against the atrocities of the Duterte regime. In the guise of citing the “unconstitutionality” of Rappler’s issuance of Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs)—which are legal financial instruments likewise issued by other media companies—fascist enablers seek to silence those who criticize Duterte and his policies, further upholding political hegemony.
The Libulan Queer Collective, a writers bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, is set to hold the 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio, a regional creative writing workshop for emerging writers from Central Visayas, from 9 to 10 February 2018 at the University of Cebu-Banilad in Cebu City.
The writing fellows named for this year are as follows: Noemi Araneta Alcantara (fiction: novel in Binisaya), Kenneth Michael M Baba (poetry in Binisaya), Alsteine Joi Diapana (poetry in English), Maria Eloisa H Garcia (fiction: short story in English), Jorisse Gumanay (poetry in English), Maria Theresa C Lanit (poetry in Binisaya), Leah May Lim-Atienza (poetry in English), Ivanie Michmir (poetry in Binisaya),Claire Michaela MObejas (creative nonfiction in English), Louise Francis P Ouano (poetry in English and Binisaya), Lady Isabelle Y Perez (fiction: short story in English), Sievney Klyze G Quidet (fiction: short story in English), Thomas Leonard Shaw (poetry in English), and John RollyV Son (fiction: novel in English).
Issue 3: ‘Sendong’ of the Bulawan Literary Zine of Northern Mindanao, a regional literary journal of new Northern Mindanaoan writings, is now available for orders. (Orders and inquiries may be placed via firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The current issue’s impetus is the displacement of typhoon Sendong as a muted narrative. Because the disaster’s aftermath, post-trauma, has fomented a host of creativities in the literary arts demonstrating Northern Mindanaoans’ tenacity despite the collective trauma, it is then an important juncture of survey, collect, and appraise these works in the region’s contemporary creative history, largely unwritten about, as the destruction/renewal thematic showed itself so much more strongly in the local literatures after the typhoon. The contributors in the current issue have explored and problematized typhoon Sendong and, in general, the local Northern Mindanaoan experience of natural disasters, climate change, global warming, affinity to urban/rural places, and individualized/collective narratives from the aftermaths.
‘HALAD: Mindanao Harvest for the 21st Century’, a literary anthology, is now accepting poems, short stories, creative nonfiction/essays, and one-act plays in English, Filipino, and Binisaya written by established and emerging writers born and/or based in Mindanao.
This anthology aims to gather in one book some of the best new Mindanao writings for possible use by high school and college teachers handling 21st Century Philippine Literatures from the Region.