Southern Authors No. 12 — Justine Camacho-Tajonera on Listening-as-Storytelling and the Romance Novella Movement in the Philippines

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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.

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Southern Authors No. 11 — Cindy Velasquez sa Gahom sa Pasumbingay, Balak sa Cebuano-Binisaya, ug Spoken Word

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Si Cindy Velasquez nakaapil na og mga workshop kabahin sa creative writing, art, ug cultural criticism. Pipila sa iyang nasalmotan mao ang Cornelio Faigao Memorial Annual Writers Workshop, Iligan National Writers Workshop, J Elizalde Navarro National Arts Criticism Workshop, Iyas National Writers Workshop, ug Kritika National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism. Siya sab ang usa sa mga editor sa Bukambibig Poetry Folio of Spoken Word Philippines ug sa umaabot nga Dan-ag Literary Journal of Central Visayas. Magtutudlo siya sa University of San Carlos sa Cebu, diin usa siya ka assistant professor. Ang iyang mga balak naapil sa mga antolohiya sa gawas ug sulod sa Dakbayan sa Sugbo, usa niini ang Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry (2018, UST Publishing House). Iyang unang koleksiyon sa balak nga Lawas napatik sa tuig 2016.

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Southern Authors No. 10 — Jaime An Lim on Philippine Gay Poetry, Anthologizing Contemporary Mindanao Literatures, and Writing about/from Marawi

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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.

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Southern Authors No. 9 — Dominique La Victoria on Being a Young Playwright and Writing about Northern Mindanao

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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.

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Southern Authors No. 8 — Jhoanna Lynn B Cruz on Lesbian Literature in the Philippines and the Mindanawon Writer in the Time of Martial Law

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Jhoanna Lynn B Cruz is the author of Women Loving: Stories and a Play (2010), the first sole-author anthology of lesbian stories in the Philippines, which is available as an eBook entitled Women on Fire (2015). She also has a poetry chapbook, Heartwood (2011) published by The Road Map Series of Tita Lacambra-Ayala. She has received the Carlos Palanca Memorial Literary Award for the full-length play and the essay, English division.

She is Associate Professor of creative writing at the University of the Philippines Mindanao, but is currently on leave to do her PhD in the practice of creative writing in the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia. She served the writing community in 2010 to 2015 as president of the Davao Writers Guild, which organizes readings and writers workshops in Davao City, as well as publishes new writing from Mindanao in print and in the website www.dagmay.com. Cruz served as director of the Davao Writers Workshop from 2009 to 2011, and again in 2016. She is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators organization.

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