NAGMAC organizes CDO Poetry Night’s September installment

Announcements by Alton Melvar Dapanas |

This September 22, 6 pm, local writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) will organize the September installment of the city’s premier literary event, CDO Poetry Night, at the SM CDO Downtown Premier – Sky Park at the Fifth.

Themed “Fragile Things,” the event will also consist of spoken word performances from NAGMAC member-fellows, launch of debut single “Damgo” by synth pop indie band Alunsina, live poetry, prose, and play readings, and an open mic contest. Bulawan Books, the indie press of NAGMAC, will also launch two of its latest chapbook titles written by two homegrown fictionists — Raymond A Ybañez’s “Ang Pagsasara: Mga Kuwento” and Gari Jamero’s “borrowed semi-truths.” Copies of both chapbooks will be available for orders during the event.

NAGMAC is a young artists collective of emerging and established poets, essayists, fictionists, playwrights, screenwriters, editors, and translators born and/or raised in Northern Mindanao. The organization established CDO Poetry Night in February 2014 as a quarterly event to serve as a venue for local writers to share their works and realize the social relevance of literature in today’s society.

For more information and updates on these events, please visit NAGMAC’s Facebook page or follow the event.

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Topics: CDO Poetry Night, Contemporary Literatures from Northern Mindanao, Literary events in Cagayan de Oro, Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC)

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Alton Melvar Dapanas

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.

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