UST Creative Writing Center Holds 9th UST Authors Series
On October 2, 2018, the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (UST CCWLS) held the 9th installment of the UST Authors Series, its bi-annual program which serves as a venue for its Resident Fellows to launch and discuss their latest works. This regular program, which also aims to update the university and the literary community on the latest individual productions of the members of the UST CCWLS, was co-sponsored by the UST Publishing House, with ample support provided by the UST Department of Literature and the UST Literary Society.
This latest edition of the UST Authors Series, titled Lumugar Ka!: Ang Lokasyon sa Pagsasalin, Talambuhay at Kritisismo, featured the following three titles, all published by the UST Publishing House: Finding Teo: Tula/Talambuhay, a biography by Joselito D. Delos Reyes, Chair of the UST Department of Literature and Humanities, Sa mga Pagitan ng Buhay at Iba pang Pagtutulay, a book of poetry translations by Ralph Semino Galán, UST CCWLS Assistant Director, and Ang Tagalabas sa Panitikan, a book of poetics and criticism by Chuckberry J. Pascual, Coordinator of the newly established B.A. Creative Writing program. Before the open forum, each author was given time to briefly talk about their new books.
The TARC Auditorium was packed with students from the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters and College of Education, and Far Eastern University, as well as guest writers. Also present at the event were Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda, Jr., O.P., UST Secretary General, Prof. Joyce Arriola, Director of the UST Research Center for Culture, Arts and Humanities, Prof. Augusto Antonio Aguila, Executive Secretary to the Rector, and Prof. Camilla Vizconde, chair of the UST Department of English.
UST CCWLS Director and Prof. Emeritus Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, in her closing remarks, emphasized how the variety of specializations of the UST CCWLS Resident Fellows can serve in their mentorship of students. Their unique perspective as producers of literature would also provide another dimension to students’ encounter with literary texts. UST Publishing House Director Ma. Ailil B. Alvarez provided an engaging critical commentary on each of the three new works as they were introduced to the audience.
The program was coordinated by Mr. Ned Parfan, assisted by Asst. Prof. Alvarez, while Mr. Jose P. Mojica of the Department of Media Studies hosted the event.
Since the Center reopened in 2012, a total of 34 books have been published by its member-authors, with four more manuscripts awaiting publication within the academic year.