07 March 2018 — The Libulan: Binisayang Antolohiya sa Katitikang Queer has been officially launched earlier today at the Samuel McClintock Hall of Cebu Normal University (CNU). In partnership with Cratos Publishing House Company, Inc. and the CNU Department of English Studies and Other Languages (ESOL) led by the chairperson Dr Carmel Vip Derasin, the event gathered 150 students (mostly AB & BSE English students), faculty, staff, and alumni of CNU.
The launching also consisted of poetry and prose readings from excerpts of the anthology and discussions on queer poetry, fiction, essay, and drama in Cebuano with Libulan contributors Jondy M Arpilleda, Elvin E Ruiz, Wilfreda Cabusas, and Romeo Nicolas with Libulan co-editor R Joseph Dazo.
Libulan queer anthology’s next launchings will happen this March 17 at Parkmall in Mandaue City and very soon, in Cagayan de Oro and Davao.
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The 18th IYAS La Salle National Writers’ Workshop will be held on April 22 – 28, 2018 at the Balay Kalinungan, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. IYAS is organized by the University of St. La Salle and supported by De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) and the National Commission for Culture & the Arts. The workshop director is Marjorie Evasco. The panel is composed of Ronald Baytan, Susan S. Lara, Grace Monte de Ramos, John Iremil Teodoro, and Em Mendez.
The Libulan Queer Collective, a writers bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, in cooperation with Cratos Publishing House Company, Inc. and the Cebu Normal University-Department of English Studies and Other Languages (ESOL), proudly presents SOUTHERN AUTHORS LIVE: QUEER POETRY, FICTION, ESSAY, AND DRAMA IN CEBUANO and the launching of LIBULAN: BINISAYANG ANTOLOHIYA SA KATITIKANG QUEER, the country’s first anthology of writings from lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, and straight allies this 7 March 2018, 8 AM to 5 PM, at the Samuel McClintock Hall, Cebu Normal University.
The event will feature academic lectures on queer literature, poetry and prose readings from the contributors, and other discussions. It is open to all CNU students, faculty members, staff, and alumni.
I am writing this introduction in Hong Kong – a place beyond the geographic, linguistic, and cultural landscape of the Philippine South. The distance however is beyond a matter of literal and cultural distance. When I was asked by the editors to write a short critical preamble for this groundbreaking anthology of Binisayang queer writing, I was initially hesitant to do so because I am in many ways removed from the landscapes the featured writers here tread.
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.