Edgar Calabia SAMAR

Edgar Calabia SAMAR
  • Asia
  • South-Eastern Asia
  • Asia
  • South-Eastern Asia
  • Philippines
  • Asia
Filipino

Edgar Calabia SAMAR, from San Pablo City, is the author of two books of poetry, Pag-aabang sa Kundiman: Isang Tulambuhay [Waiting at Kundiman: A Biopoetics] (2006) and Isa Na Namang Pagtingala sa Buwan [One More View of the Moon] (2005). His 2009 novel, Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog [Eight Muses of the Fall], was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and won the NCCA Writer’s Prize for the Novel. He has also written the children’s book, Uuwi na ang Nanay Kong si Darna [My Mother Darna is Coming Home] (2002). Widely awarded, Samar teaches Philippine Literature and Creative Writing at Ateneo de Manila University. His participation is made possible by the Freeman Foundation.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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