Merlinda Bobis

writes like an angel

Merlinda Carullo Bobis

born 1959 Philippines

Filipina academic, poet and performing artist who spent her childhood in the foothills of Mt. Mayon

legend has it that Mt. Mayon arose from the tomb of a 'beautiful maiden', Daragang Magayon

Bachelor of Arts, Aquinas University of Legaspi

Master of Arts, University of Santo Tomas, Manila

Doctorate of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

taught for 10 years in two universities and a college in the Philippines

member of Philippines organization Women Involved in Creating Cultural Alternatives (WICCA)

an accomplished performer of her own poetry, embodying text in dance, music and theatre, inspired by traditional Philippines epic chanting

resident in Australia since 1991

Lecturer, University of Wollongong

Cantata of the Warrior Woman

radio play Rita's Lullaby, won the 1998 Prix Italia, a prestigious international award for radio fiction, as well as the 1998 Australian Writers Guild Award for best radio script, and the 1995 Ian Reed Radio Drama Prize

poetry collection Summer was a Fast Train without Terminals was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year in 1998

received Philippine national awards for her poems in Filipino and English

has performed her poetry as theatre in Australia, the Philippines, France and China

latest collection of short stories White Turtle won the Manila Critics Circle's National Book Award for fiction in 2000, and co-won the Steele Rudd Award

Rituals (1990) collects her poems in English; Ang Lipad ay Awit Sa Apat Na Hangin (1990), her poems in Filipino

work includes a bilingual epic, Cantana of the Women Warrior/Daragang Magayon (1993) which she recites in live performances

White Turtle released in the US as The Kissing

Dr Merlinda Bobis

interview with Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis at Arts Forum

Merlinda Bobis at Women Publishing in Asia

Merlinda Bobis at Solidarity Philippines Australia Network

Merlina Bobis at Filipina Literature and Arts in the Diaspora

Merlinda Bobis reads in Seattle October 2001

White Turtle reviewed at Ms. Magazine

White Turtle reviewed by Carolyn Brewer at Intersections


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