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Poems Poems Prose Poetry Cinquains September 11, 2001

Lisa Ascalon
Lisa Ascalon lives in Manhattan, New York and has been writing and publishing in alternative New York publications. Of late, she is fast becoming a performer in the spoken word circuit. Her September 11 poem was read at an October Festival in Washington, D.C.


Elbina Batala
was born in Baguio. She has been a closet writer all her life. These poems are her first offering to the reading public. Elbina is working on a novel and has also written 20 short stories and 12 poems. Her writing edge comes from the discrepancy provided by having grown up in a Filipino home but now living in the Western world. Elbina has an 18-year old son.

Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier
Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier, poet and novelist, has written a play about the Manongs co-authored by Remé Grefalda, "Brown Man In White Sheets". Carlene is based in Okinawa, Japan.

Luis Cabalquinto
Luis Cabalquinto lives in Manhattan but divides his writing time between New York City and his birthplace Magarao, in the Philippines. He writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in three languages: English, Tagalog, and Bikol. When he's not writing, travelling, or fishing, he helps manage a rice and orchid farm. Cabalquinto's written work has been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals. He recently launched his first book of poetry "Bridgeable Shores". Cabalquinto was a featured poet in Our Own Voice's April 2001 issue.

Corazon Amaya-Cañete
Corazon Amaya Cañete works in Hong Kong as a social worker and paralegal assistant. She writes poetry, short stories and stage plays in her free time. Azon is married and has a young son. She also cooks pinakbet that is to die for.

Kim Castro
Kim is a youthful Wall Street professional who is mired in the corporate world but briefly stops to pay homage to the Muse. She is a graduate of George Washington University. You can take the yuppie out of a poet, but we doubt if you can take the poet out of this yuppie.

Sotera Catayas
is a math teacher for high school students. She has taught in Nigeria, in New York City, and currently in Stafford County, Virginia. Catayas is also a composer and lyricist of Christian songs and will be coming out with a CD in the spring.

Gloria del Carmen
Gloria "Yayie" Del Carmen is a young physical therapist waiting to turn into a teacher assistant at a Montessori school in Manila, Philippines. She developed her writing skills under a shortened scriptwriting workshop with Ricky Lee and Jun Lana. Her writing has been published in Woman Today Magazine and nativeswish.com. Del Carmen's poetry has been featured in the June 2001 issue of Our Own Voice.

Felix Fojas
Felix Fojas is a member of PEN International and the Philippines Literary Arts Council. He holds a B.A. degree in English & Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines and an M.A. degree in Linguistics & Literature from de La Salle University. Felix was the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from Cambridge University, England. He also attended the 18th Midwest Writers Annual Conference in Kent State.

Victor Gendrano
Victor Gendrano is a member of the RPLiterature Group. He is a haiku poet and editor of Heritage Magazine.

Jean V. Gier
Jean Gier lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. After seven long years in graduate school writing academic essays and book reviews, she has finally gotten back to writing poetry. Her poems have been published in various anthologies, including RETURNING A BORROWED TONGUE (Coffee House Press)and BABAYLAN (Aunt Lute Press). Her essay "The Filipino Presence in Hollywood's BATAAN Films" was recently published in GEOPOLITICS OF THE VISUAL (Ateneo de Manila University Press). She also maintains the FilAm WebLog, at www.filipinoamericanlit.com.

Tala Hairston
is in Middle School and lives in Bowie, Maryland. She is the youngest of 3 sisters. Tala is setting her sights on studying to be a Chef when she gets to College.

Tala Florentino Kernan
Nine-year-old Tala's artistic talents are traceable to "good stock". Her grandfather is Palanca awardee Alberto Florentino. Her mother is
Lisa Florentino-Kernan.

Eusebio L. Koh
Seb Koh is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Regina in Canada. He also writes a column for the Filipino Journal published semimonthly in Winnipeg. Prof. Koh's short stories have appeared in previous issues of Our Own Voice.

Joseph O. Legaspi
lives in New York City and works at Columbia University. Recent poems have appeared and are forthcoming in the Seneca Review, Crab Orchard Review, Puerto Del Sol, Gulf Coast, The Literary Review, Hayden's Ferry Review and Tilting the Continent, an anthology of Southeast Asian literature. He is a recipient of a 2001 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Arnel Magahum
His poetry was submitted by his granddaughter Solita Magahum Wakefield. Magahum was a prolific writer during the early 20s, producing and writing his own Zarzuelas, and writing short stories and poetry. His work can be found in the Ilonggo Literature Archive (www.ilonggoliterature.visayas.ph).

Maurese Owens
from Arlington, Virginia has watched the DC Filipino community grow being herself one of its stalwart and vocal leaders. But in quiet moments, Mo sits still and turns reflective.

Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo
Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo, or Punahele, lives in Hawaii and is an emerging poet who has had a number of his work regularly published in several magazines in Manila. Elmer has read his poems at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. In 2000, he was a poetry fellow at the 39th National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete.

Cristina Querrer
Cristina's poems have appeared in various publications, BABAYLAN An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers, ADAM OF IFE: Black Women in Praise of Black Men, and in the FAIRFIELD REVIEW.

Happy Gail C. Salinas
From a shy theatre tekkie and tackling the lead role in a major play, IN THE MATTER OF WILLIE GRAYSON, Happy has evolved into a feisty community activist focusing on cultural and heritage issues faced by Filipino American youth. She believes that talk is cheap and the first steps "start here and start now."

Al Santos
Al Santos is a poet, lyricist, playwright and theatre director based in Manila, Philippines. He is programme director of Asian Council for Peoples Culture-Theatre for the Environment Network (ACPC-Tent) and in 1999, formed the ACPC-Tent National Performing Team composed mostly of indigenous community artists. He brought various Asian traditional and contemporary artists together in the 15-year theatre project Cry of Asia, a major breakthrough in the Asian theatre scene.

Eileen Tabios
Eileen Tabios is a recipient of various international literary awards for her poetry and short stories, and founded Meritage Press, a multidisciplinary literary and arts press (www.meritagepress.com). Among her recent works are "Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers" which she co-edited with Nick Carbo. She is also the editor of "Bridgeable Shores", the poetry of Luis Cabalquinto. See Our Own Voice's premiere issue for an essay on artist Igarta by Ms. Tabios.

Joel Tan Boriquel
Joel B. Tan is a poet, performance artist, and playwright. He is also the editor of QUEER PAPI PORN (Cleis Press, 1998).

F. Omar Telan
F. Omar Telan lives and occasionally works in New York City. He can be found performing in spoken word venues all around the city. Check him out at http://www.fomartelan.com". Some of Mr. Telan's poetry appears in the Our Own Voice's premiere issue.

Conrad Tolosa, Jr.
Conrad Tolosa, Jr. is an ordained minister whose current field of interest is the plight of street children in the Philippines. He is a producer for public access television in Arlington, Virginia and has showcased Pinoy slice-of-life stories, community events as well as feature stories on various local pinoy artists in his weekly show, LAMBAT PRESENTS. In the April 2001 issue of Our Own Voice, Conrad's short story appears.

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