The Departments of English and Fine Arts will host “Glimpses: One Writer’s Journey,” a lecture and reading by Luis H. Francia, Visiting Faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University for the second semester of SY 2016-2017. The event will be on Apr. 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.
Francia describes the event as follows: “After briefly giving an overview of my work, I shall read a selection of my works, both creative nonfiction and poetry, to give the audience a pretty good idea of how, what, and why I write. For nonfiction, I will read from Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago (2001) and from RE: Recollections, Reviews, Reflections (2015). For poetry, I shall read from Museum of Absences, Tattered Boat and some new works. Afterwards, Francis C. Sollano and I will have a conversation about my work, which can then segue into a Q & A with the audience.”
About Luis H. Francia
A Palanca Poetry Prize winner, Luis H. Francia’s latest poetry volume is Tattered Boat (2014). Previous collections include The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems, Museum of Absences, and The Beauty of Ghosts.
He has published two collections of essays, Memories of Overdevelopment (1998) and RE (2015), the latter awarded the 2016 National Book Award for Best Essays in English. In 2002, he won both the PEN Open Book and the Asian American Writers literary awards for Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago. He is in the Library of America’s Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing.
A member of the New York Writers Workshop, he has conducted writing workshops at the City University of Hong Kong, the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and the Iowa Writers Summer Workshop. A humanities graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, he teaches at New York University and at Hunter College.
About Francis C. Sollano
Francis C. Sollano is an instructor in the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University where he also obtained his MA Literary and Cultural Studies. He received the Best Graduate Thesis Award from the School of Humanities in 2015 for his work, “Writing a Personal Archipelago: Filipino American Identity as an Ethopoetic Substance in Luis H. Francia’s Eye of the Fish.” He is also part of the editorial team of Kritika Kultura, the online journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University.