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FWGP OpenBook: Joel Toledo [Poetry]

Monday, February 13, 2012 comments powered by disqus

After a series of successful OpenBook talks featuring highly-acclaimed and bestselling authors Sam Sotto (Before Ever After), Bebang Siy (It’s a Mens World), Tweet Sering (Astigirl) and Ricky Lee (Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata), award-winning poet JOEL TOLEDO will be the featured book author at the Freelance Writers’ Guild of the Philippines’ (FWGP’s) OpenBook talk at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Chef’s Bistro, located at 94 Scout Gandia near corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

     Joel will read works from Ruins and Reconstructions -- his third collection of poems (published by Anvil Publishing) -- and his works in progress. This will be followed by an open forum, book signing and photo ops.

     Joel is the author of three books of poetry, winner of two (2) Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Poetry, and is the first Asian to win the Bridport International Creative Writing Prize. 
     He was a recipient of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency in Belagio, Italy in March 2011, and the International Writing Program (IWP) residency at the University of Iowa, U.S.A. from August to November 2011. 

     A poetry-reading session will precede Joel’s talk. Among the guest readers are: columnists Jenny Ortuoste and Karen Kunawicz, Ramil Gulle, Abet Umil, Ceres Abanil, Nonilon Queano, Haresh Daswani, Veronica Laurel, Brandon Dollente, Rustum Casia and Rafael San Diego.

There will be performances too:

     GENTLE UNIVERSE, a nature- and children-inspired ambient sound performance group and BERSUS, which will play poems-turned-into songs pieces.

The event will be hosted by BEBANG SIY. Entrance fee is at P200, inclusive of one drink. Proceeds from this event will fund future projects of FWGP, including upcoming OpenBook sessions and ongoing efforts to help Sendong victims in Mindanao. Also available during the event are FWGP shirts and the book/s of Joel. Limited seats. Book via 0917.937.8617 (Ime) or 0915.391.3129 (Teena).

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