Fellows

Fellows


Gradwadong mag-aaral at guro si Tilde (A. Regalado Acuña) sa DFPP, KAL, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. May ilang piyesa sa Kritika KulturaLikhaanAniHigh ChairhalLiterary ApprenticeBulatlatPingkian, atbp. Kalahok sa ilang pambansang palihan sa malikhaing pagsulat at sa kritisismo; iginawad ang apat sa naturang fellowship noong 2016, kung kailan kinilala rin ang mga akda niya sa Critical Essay Contest (finalist) ng UP Press, sa Gawad Balacuit (unang gantimpala) ng Iligan Workshop at sa Gawad Rogelio Sicat (ikatlong gantimpala sa kwento; unang gantimpala sa tula) ng Sentro ng Wikang Filipino. Awtor siya ng Pseudocuments 1 (2012) at 2 (2013), Retrograde: Stories & Images, (2013), gastronomical visions (2013), nihil vers: ode to deCo (2014), at its Motors in service (2015).

 


Nagtapos sa programang Sertipiko sa Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas – Diliman si Christa I. De La Cruz, at inaasahang sumablay ngayong Abril 2017. Siya ay naging patnugot ng Malate Literary Folio ng Pamantasang De La Salle noong 2008, habang kumukuha ng kurso sa Chemistry. Naging fellow siya para sa tula sa ikatlong Palihang Rogelio Sicat at Palihang LIRA, at para sa dula sa ika-14 IYAS National Writers’ Workshop at Virgin Labfest 9 Writing Fellowship Program. Ang kanyang koleksiyong “Mula sa Silong” ay nagkamit ng unang gantimpala sa Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature noong 2015. Kasalukuyan siyang nagsusulat para sa website na Spot.PH ng Summit Media.

 


Zeno Antonio Denolo or Zero A.D., as he would like to be known as his pen name, has no formal education or background in writing under his belt. He only claims to be a voracious reader and a self-taught, struggling-to-be writer. He is also the author of Uberman, his self-published first novel which was initially had a print-run of only 200 copies, with the help of a friend. The book was later on acquired by Anvil Publishing and was released nationwide on December 2016. Surprisingly, his idiosyncratic way of storytelling and the story itself has been recognized by respected award-giving bodies and won Special Jury Prize from Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for the Novel in 2015 and the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award in 2016.  His hobbies are sleeping and thinking of things that never were.

 


Si Rowena P. Festin ay ipinanganak at lumaki sa San Roque 2 sa bayan ng San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, isang baryong malapit sa dagat at abot tanaw ang kabundukan ng Halcon. Siya ay editor, tagasalin, makata, kuwentista, guro, at mananaliksik. Ang kanyang mga tula at maikling kuwento ay nagkamit ng mga pagkilala sa Palanca Awards, Gawad Galian, at Gantimpalang Ani; kinilala rin siyang Makata ng Taon ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. Ang kanyang mga kritikal na sanaysay tungkol sa panitikan at kulturang Pilipino, mga tula, at maikling kuwento ay nailathala na sa mga lokal at internasyonal na dyornal at antolohiya. Nakapaglabas na siya ng dalawang antolohiya ng mga tula.

 


Rogene A. Gonzales is taking up MA Filipino: Malikhaing Pagsulat at UP Diliman after graduating BS Development Communication at UP Los Baños. He is currently based in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya and works as a part-time English teacher at Saint Louis School after not being able to live up to the standards of the corporate world. A member of The Artidope and Kilometer 64 Writers’ Collective, he has already released three self-published poetry collections, including Diskonektado (December 2016). He was a fellow for the 23rd Iligan National Writers Workshop and Poetry Clinic of Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo.

 


Arvin Abejo Mangohig is the author of The Gaze: Poems published by the UP Press (2003), and Bloodflow: A Lyric Sequence published by DLSU/Central Books (2012). He received his BA and MA in English from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He has won Philippines Free Press and NVM Gonzalez awards for his poetry and fiction. He has been shortlisted for the Kokoy Guevara Poetry Competition. Mangohig was the webmaster of panitikan.com.ph for almost ten years and works as copy editor for the UP Press.

 


Arnie Q. Mejia’s first book, Writing Naked: A Memoir, chronicles his 20-year journey as a 12-year old and youngest son of a family that went on voluntary exile to the United States when the dictatorship, imposed by martial rule in 1972 by Ferdinand Marcos, ended with the People Power Revolution in 1986. His story also deals with his coming-of-age and his experience with first love and the untimely death of a lover. Mejia received his MBA in General Management from MLQU Graduate School in Manila. He was a fellow for nonfiction in the 52nd Silliman National Writers Workshop and in the UST National Summer Writers Workshop 2014. Mejia moved back to the Philippines in 2006 where he works as the Vice President of Human Resources for his family’s logistics company. In between managing his family’s businesses in different parts of Mindanao, he enjoys reading, listening to 90s music, watching reality shows, cooking, baking, singing, dancing, mountain biking, boxing, and practicing yoga.

 


Paolo Enrico Melendez is associate editor of Rogue Magazine. His first book, Gun Noises, Made with Mouth, is a selection of interviews, essays, and reportage spanning almost two decades. His hometown is Tanauan City in Batangas. Outside of writing, he is a competitive football player, and is a member of the band Kapitan Kulam.

 


Charisse-Fuschia Paderna writes poems, some of which have appeared in a few publications and anthologies. In 2015, she won first prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for her poetry collection, An Abundance of Selves. Peachy’s poems also earned her the Loyola Schools Award for the Arts in 2006. She lives with a cat and a pet tarantula. Life’s OK.

 


Wilfredo Pascual, author of Kilometer Zero and recipient of the 2017 Ani ng Dangal for Literary Arts, is an award-winning essayist in the Philippines and the United States. He has won grand prizes at the Palanca twice and the Philippine Free Press Literary Award. In the US, he received a Creative Nonfiction scholarship to Breadloaf and attended New York University’s Summer Intensive Creative Writing Program. He is a Pushcart-nominated essayist, a runner-up to the Steinberg Essay Prize, and winner of the 2015 Curt Johnson Prose Award for Nonfiction. He grew up in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija and currently lives with his husband Jack in San Francisco, California.

 


Karren Renz Seña is the author of the young adult fantasy novel, The Lost Chronicles of Eden: Champions. She works as the head of the Digital Department of the country’s leading inspirational publisher, and works part time as a freelance editor, columnist, and digital marketing consultant. She is the founder and pioneer of an online movement called “Project: Beautiful Words,” where she encourages and challenges people to always post something beautiful, no matter the ugliness of the world, the people, the circumstances. She helps people write their stories and their books by sharing more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experiences in literature and creative writing — what she learns, she aims to pass on to other people who dream the same dream. These are the things that make her happy: books, bodies of water, stories, Naruto, chicken, potatoes, bread, and eggs.

 


Lucenahin si Alvin Capili Ursua, isa mga manunulat at dating punong tagapag-ugnay ng Kataga sa sangay ng Quezon. Naging fellow siya ng Palihang Rogelio Sicat III. Hinirang siya bilang Makata ng Taon sa Talaang Ginto 2012. Nagwagi ang kanyang kalipunan ng mga Tula (Kumpuni, 2012) at Tulang Pambata (Sisid, 2013) sa Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Siya ang nagsalin sa wikang Filipino ng mga piling malikhaing kuwento sa librong Niyebe ng Kilimanjaro at Iba Pang Kuwento ni Ernest Hemingway, na inilimbag ng KWF. Sa kasalukuyan, guro siya sa Calayan Educational Foundation, Inc., Lucena City, Quezon.

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