First Philippine Literature Festival
This unique event showcases a milieu of many talents – students of UH-Manoa, community members and award-winning authors in their respective fields;
Dr. Maria Josephine Barrios
Dr. Maria Josephine Barrios is currently on leave at the University of the Philippines where she served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters and as associate professor in the Department of Filipino. She is a poet, novelist, playwright, translator, editor and a literary scholar. She has authored two poetry books, several novels and several plays, some of which received national and international acclaim. She has edited a collection of Filipino American plays staged by Ma-Yi Productions in New York. The book of plays will be off the press this year under the title, "Savage Theater". She has helped translate in Tagalog Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologue" and other poems that have appeared in several Philppine Anthology. She also acts on stage both here in the US and in the Philippines. As a teacher of Filipino she has taught in Osaka University and University of California at Irvine. She has also taught Philippine Studies at UCLA, Singapore and Korea.
R. Zamora Linmark
R. Zamora Linmark is a distinguished visiting writer in the UH Department of English. Born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii, he authored Rolling the R's (novel), which he has also adapted for the stage, and Prime Time Apparitions (his first collection of poetry). His works has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies such as Bamboo Ridge, Zyzzva, Charlie Chan is Dead 1 and 2, Hanging Loose and Screaming Monkeys. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the J. William Fulbright Foundation and the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission. He currently divides his home between Manila, Honolulu and San Francisco.
Ninotchka Rosca is an outstanding contemporary writer, internationally known human rights activist and feminist. She has authored two novels, State of War and Twice Blessed; two short story collections, Bitter Country and Monsoon Çountry; and two non-fiction books, The Fall of Marcos and Jose Maria Sison: At Home in the World - Portrait of a Revolutionary. Her short stories have been included in several anthologies, including The 1986 Best 100 Short Stories in the US and Charlie Chan is Dead 1 in America and in the Philippines. Rosca was a founder and the first national chair of the GABRIELA, the preeminent women's rights organization of the Philippines.
Michelle Cruz Skinner
Michelle Cruz Skinner has two collections of short stories, Balikbayan and Mango Seasons. "Faith Healer," the opening story in the Balikbayan anthology, was one of 54 stories selected for nationwide syndication in the 7th Annual PEN Syndicated Fiction Project in 1988. She was born and raised in the Philippines, graduated from the University of Hawaii and is currently teaching at Punahou School. Apart from being a writer, she also dabs in dancing and photography that lend fresh image to her Filipino American writing. "Michelle Maria Cruz Skinner understands the way of humankind," the late great Bienvenido Santos once said. "Her stories are written with such simplicity that the truth they convey shines with urgency the proper reader cannot miss."
Francis Tanglao-Aguas is a playwright, screenwriter, director and performer. His solo epic, "The Sarimanok Travels", a one-person depiction of six characters, male and female, was performed in so many places-- from California to Manila and Malaysia. He has written, directed and performed theater pieces, the latest of which was the recently (March, 2007) produced "Ramayana La'ar" (a dance drama adapted from the Ramayana epic). His book, When the Purple Settles (Manila, 2006) is a hip-hop operatic adventure into the aftermath of martial law ruled Philippines. Currently an assistant professor in the Department of Theater, Speech and Dance at the College of William and Mary, he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theater and Playwriting from UCLA.
Marianne Villanueva is author of the critically acclaimed collection of short fiction,
Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila, which was short-listed for the Philippines' National Book Award. Her story, "Silence" was short-listed for the 2000 O. Henry Literature Prize and has been widely anthologized. She has co-edited, with poet Virginia Cerenio, an anthology of Filipina women’s writings, Going Home to a Landscape that gathered together the writings of Filipina women from around the world. Her latest book is Mayor of the Roses: Stories. Villanueva holds a bachelor's degree from Ateneo de Manila University, an M.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Stanford University, as well as an M.A. in East Asian Studies (concentration in Chinese), also from Stanford. She has been writing and publishing stories about the Philippines and Filipino Americans since the mid 1980s. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches creative writing and literature at Foothill College, Notre Dame de Namur University, and UCLA Extension.