2008 Global Filipino Literary Awards

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Posted by Harry Potter on December 08, 2008 at 14:55:22:

Press Release

Poetry and Non-Fiction Dominate
2008 Global Filipino Literary Awards

The 2008 recipients of the Global Filipino Literary Awards for books
published in 2007 are separated by an ocean. Authors Joseph O. Legaspi of
New York City and Rey Ventura residing in Japan are recognized for their
published works, Imago and In the Country of Standing Men, respectively.

Our Own Voice's founding editor, Reme-Antonia Grefalda, in announcing the
2008 recipients, said, 'We are very pleased by these recent additions to the
growing list of Global Filipino Literary Awardees. We hope this annual award
will encourage publishers in the global marketplace to get behind the works
of emerging Filipino writers.'

The Global Filipino Literary Awards (GFLA) was established in 2003 by Our
Own Voice http://www.ourownvoice.com to recognize publishers and authors for
their efforts in advancing contemporary Filipino Literature. Annual
recipients of the GFLA receive an additional distinction: the monographs are
catalogued as a special collection at the Library of Congress and housed in
the Asian Reading Room.

Among this year's more than 25 nominees in the 3 categories combined, this
year's poetry recipient went to Imago by Joseph O. Legaspi of New York City.
Imago is published by CavanKerry Press, with a foreword by poet Philip
Levine. When informed, Legaspi expressed delight by the recognition, 'It's
given by my countrymen and women. They like my work!' He is the co-founder
of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets. A
recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Legaspi, a graduate of New York University's Creative Writing Program, is
published in Callaloo, North American Review, Poets & Writers, New York
Theater Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gay & Lesbian Review and the anthology
Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton).

In the non-fiction category, In the Country of Standing Men by Rey Ventura
is published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press. The book is about the
foraging existence and search for employment by Filipino overseas workers in
Japan. Ventura, a freelance journalist, received critical acclaim for his
seminal work, Underground in Japan (Jonathan Cape). 'Standing men' is a
Japanese term for foreign temporary workers. Notable too is Ventura's essay,
'Blue Mansions' chronicling a day in the life of Filipino construction
workers. It appears in a 2005 issue of Our Own Voice.

Excerpts from both GFLA books will appear in the next issue of Our Own
Voice. No award for Fiction was given this year.

Past recipients of the GFLA are: Noel Alumit, Letters to Montgomery Clift
(McAdam-Cage); Love Gathers All: The Philippne-Singapore Anthology of Love
Poems, Alfred A. Yuson, Ramon C. Sunico, Aaron Lee & Alvin Pang, editors
(Anvil Publishing & Ethos Books); Mulat: Mga Isyung Panlipunan sa Mga Dulang
Pantelebisiyon by Frank Rivera (UST Publishing House); Miracle Fruit (Tupelo
Press) by Aimee Nezhukumatathill; Ghost Wars (Final Thursday Press) by Vince
Gotera; Comfort Food: an anthology of essays, Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio,
editor (Anvil Publishing); Seasons by the Bay (T'boli Publishing) by Oscar
Penaranda; A Country of Our Own (Bisaya Books) by David Martinez; Matadora,
a poetry collection by Sarah Gambito, published by Alice James Books; One
Tribe (UMich Press) by M. Evelina Galang; 25 Chickens for the Bride
(T'bolli) by Evangeline Canonizado Buell; My American Kundiman (Persea
Books) by Patrick Rosal; Trill and Mordent (WordTech) by Luisa Igloria; and
Puti/White (Frontenac House) by Patria Rivera.