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.
K.M. Levis is a Cagayan de Oro-born author of the young adult novel The Girl Between Two Worlds (Anvil, 2016). She has worked with ABS-CBN and SBS in Sydney and several of her stories landed in the New York Times and Al Jazeera. She has experience as a journalist and editor for online and print media such as Madison, Your Garden, Dolly, House and Garden, CNet, APC, and Practical Parenting. She finished her bachelor’s degree at Silliman University and her master’s in communications in Singapore through an ASEAN scholarship. In the last three years, she self-published two children’s books. The sequel of The Girl Between Two Worlds will be out in local bookstores in the next months.
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.