Fellows to the 53rd Silliman Writers Workshop

From the workshop FB page:

The 53rd edition of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop is slated to start on 5 May 2014 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia, Negros Oriental. Twelve writers from all over the Philippines have been accepted as workshop fellows. They are Jose Jason Chancoco (Ateneo de Naga), Daniel Hao Chua Olivan Jr. (Ateneo de Manila), Maria Camille Rivera (UP Diliman), and Roberto Klemente Timonera (Silliman University) for poetry; Jovy Almero (UP Diliman), Prescilla Dorado (UP Mindanao), Jose Renato Evangelista (DLSU Manila), Rolly Jude Ortega (Silliman University), and Erlinda Mae Young (UP Diliman) for fiction; and Johanna Michelle Barot Lim (University of San Carlos), Jan Kevin Rivera (UP Diliman),and Gracielle Deanne Tubera (Ateneo de Davao) for creative nonfiction.


The panel of writers/critics for this year includes Director-in-ResidenceSusan S. Lara; Dumaguete-based writer César Ruìz Aquino; and guest panelists Gémino H. Abad, Dean Francis Alfar, Merlie Alunan, Ricardo de Ungria, Marjorie Evasco, Grace Monte de Ramos, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, DM Reyes, John Jack Wigley, Alfred Yuson. They will be joined by two foreign panelists whose names will be announced later.

Three of the accepted fellows are friends: Greysh Tubera, Arkay Timonera, and Jude Ortega. If my count is right, it’s Greysh’s first National writers workshop, Jude’s second, and Arkay’s third.

While this year sees two fellows from Silliman itself, there seems to remain an absence of native Negrenses getting into the workshop: Jude is from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, while Arkay is an Iliganon.

But the greatest cause for celebration is Greysh’s fellowship. After Leoncio Deriada, Macario Tiu, and myself (vanity!), she is the fourth Ateneo de Davao product to become a fellow to the oldest writers workshop in Asia (not counting Aida Rivera-Ford, Alfredo Salanga, and Dominique Cimafranca, who became part of AdDU after they were fellows). And as a registered nurse (this seems to be her year) she is the first non-English Major. A product of AdDU’s SALEM (she is one of the first non-majors to be part of the course club turned literary society), Greysh and her fellowship herald the beginning of the end for Ateneo de Davao’s decades of literary winter.

Now is the winter of our discontent. Or rather, “now the winter yields its place to the springtime” –  flowers on the trees in bloom at Ateneo de Davao!


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