Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author and editor of twenty books, including the novels: When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, The Newspaper Widow, Magdalena; and short story collections: Vigan and Other Stories, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories, Woman With Horns and Other Stories.
Cecilia co-edited six other books and she co-authored a novel, Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel. Her work has been translated into Finnish and Turkish; and many of her stories and articles have been widely anthologized.
Cecilia has received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award for her work dealing with Asian American youths, as well as a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, 21st District. She received the prestigious Filipinas Magazine Arts Award,and the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu, Philippines. She has received several travel grants in the Philippines, from the USIS (United States Information Service).
She has lectured and performed in worldwide literary arts organizations and universities, including UCLA, USC, University of Connecticut, University of the Philippines, PEN, Beyond Baroque, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and many others.
Aside from writing and editing, Cecilia publishes fine literature under the imprint of Philippine American Literary House (Palhbooks.com). Her official website is http://www.ceciliabrainard.com. She also manages a blog at http://cbrainard.blogspot.com.
17 March 2018 — The ‘Libulan: Binisayang Antolohiya sa Katitikang Queer’ held its second book launching at Parkmall – Mandaue Atrium. More than 100 copies of the anthology were sold to the audience who were mostly coming from community-based LGBTQIA and straight allies organizations. The event was also held concurrently with nationwide mobilizations of progressive organizations pass the SOGIE Bill in Congress.
Libulan contributors Richellet P Chan, Jae Mari Magdadaro, Jessrel E Gilbuena, and Wilfreda V Cabusas read excerpts from their own pieces published in the anthology and discussions on queer writings in Cebuano.
Libulan queer anthology’s next launchings will be held in select colleges and universities within Visayas and Mindanao in partnership with campus-based LGBTQIA organizations.