Miyerkules, Hunyo 30, 2010

Call For Contributions: Kritika Kultura Anthology Of New Philippine Writing

Contributions are now welcome for the first special exclusively literary issue of Kritika Kultura, the international online journal of language, literary and cultural studies published by the Department of English of Ateneo de Manila University. This issue is intended to be an anthology of new Philippine writing.

The Philippine literary community has a relatively longstanding tradition of releasing anthologies focusing on young writers. However, it can be gleaned that the notion of the “new” remains unarticulated, as recent anthologies simply focus on the “young,” and what becomes apparent is the persistent maintenance of an aesthetics solidified in various creative writing institutions and workshops, a notion that is rapidly rendered inaccurate by a healthy production of writing that these anthologies do not include.

What this issue of Kritika Kultura intends to accomplish is to represent the kind of writing that is rarely published, the kind that is not often legitimized by mainstream publications. The kind of writing that we, as editors, can confidently call “new.”

New, in this case, as the word that most succinctly describes literary texts that are mindful of—by way of formal response/appropriation and/or thematic confrontation—several cultural phenomena such as the preponderance of piracy, the simultaneous/schizophrenic sociopolitical conditions of the nation, the “new” government that includes so many of the old names, the highly provisional stances in criticism pertaining to society and art, the currency and increasing value of topicality and ephemera (as evidenced by BPOs, SEOs, and Facebook), the persistent dominance of celebrity culture, and the gossip paradigm of discourse. The anthology welcomes contributions that transgress genre boundaries, revise traditional modes and forms, formally engage with the largely oral, nontextual/extratextual literary practices of the Filipino audience, and display a technical alertness to the quandaries presented by blog-driven writing, Facebook fiction, protest poetry, the malleability of languages, the hegemony of academic publishing in “legitimate” literature, the dominion of western literary models, and, in light of these, the strategic and arguably fictionalizing construction of Filipino identity.

Contributions are welcome from Filipino writers who have not yet published books of their own. Submissions can be in any language, but English translations must be provided. Multiple submissions are accepted, but each submission (belonging to a particular genre) has a 5,000-word count limit. Submissions must not have appeared in national publications. When emailing submissions, provide a genre-label (such as Poetry or Nonfiction) for each. Submissions may be emailed to kk.litissue@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010. The issue will be released in February 2011.

Mark Anthony Cayanan
Conchitina Cruz
Adam David

Martes, Hunyo 22, 2010

Sipi tungkol sa Libro mula sa mga Libro

Mula sa "The Name of the Rose" ni Umberto Eco

"Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside of books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves." p. 286

"Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means..." p. 316

Mula sa "Landscape Painted with Tea" ni Milorad Pavic

"A book, if you expect wonders of it, should also be read twice. It should be read once in youth, when you are younger than its heroes, and the second time when you are advanced in age and the book's heroes become younger than yourself. That way you will see them from both sides of their years, and they will be able to put you to the test on the other side of the clock, where time stands still. This means that sometimes it is forever too late to read some books, just as sometimes it is forever too late to go to bed." p. 67

Miyerkules, Hunyo 16, 2010

Call for Manuscripts for the 10th Ateneo National Writers’ Workshop (ANWW)

Call for Manuscripts for the 10th Ateneo National Writers’ Workshop (ANWW)

Erratum: Inquiries about the workshop through email to Christine Bellen should now be addressed to her new email address: christinebellen@yahoo.com

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is now accepting applicants for the 10th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW) to be held from Oct. 24-28, 2010 at the Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City.

This year, six (6) slots will be allocated exclusively for writers writing in any of the Bikol languages. The qualifications are: a) a resident of the Bicol region, b) writes in a Bikol language and c) can translate his/her manuscript into Filipino or English. Each applicant must submit a portfolio in triplicate (3 copies) of any of the following: a suite of five (5) poems OR a collection of three (3) short stories written in any Bikol language with a title page bearing the author’s pseudonym and a table of contents. The portfolio must include translations either in Filipino or in English. Entries in the Bikol languages must be addressed and submitted to Kristian S. Cordero, Philosophy Department, Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City 4400.

Another six (6) slots will be allocated for writers writing in Filipino and English. Each applicant must submit a portfolio in triplicate (3 copies) of any of the following: a suite of five (5) poems OR a collection of three (3) short stories written in Filipino or English with a title page bearing the author’s pseudonym and a table of contents. Entries in Filipino and English must be addressed and submitted to the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) c/o Department of Filipino, School of Humanities, 3rd Flr. Dela Costa Bldg., Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108.

The portfolio must be in Garamond, font size 12 with one (1”) inch margins on all sides. The portfolio must also be accompanied by a CD containing a file of the portfolio saved in MSWord (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text format (.rtf). All submissions must include a sealed envelope containing the author’s name, address, contact number, e-mail address and a one-page resume including a literary CV with a 1X1 ID picture.

Food and accommodations will be provided for all accepted applicants. Deadline of submission will be on Aug. 13, 2010. For more information, visit www.ailap.org, or call 426-6001 loc. 5320/5321 or e-mail Christine S. Bellen at christinebellen@yahoo.com and Kristian S. Cordero at boronyog@yahoo.com.