FILIPINO POET PUBLISHES 4th BOOK OF POEMS IN FILIPINO
U.S.-based Filipino scholar E. San Juan, Jr., emeritus professor of English, Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies, has just published his fourth book of poems in Filipino, Bukas Luwalhating Kay Ganda, sponsored by the Philippines Cultural Studies Center. Released this February 2013, the book is available from amazon.com and also createspace.com.
His previous collections include Alay sa Paglikha ng Bukang-liwayway (Ateneo U Press), Sapagkat Iniibig Kita (U.P. Press), Sutrang Kayumanggi and Mahal Magpakailanman (LuLu.com).
San Juan is currently a fellow of the Harry Ransom Center, University of Austin, Texas. Previously he was a fellow of the W.E.B. Institute, Harvard University, for which he is completing a monograph on “African American Internationalism and Solidarity with the Philippine Revolution.” A part of the research has been published in Socialism and Democracy, July 2010, and in the e-journal Cultural Logic.
Born in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippines, San Juan received his A.B. , magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was president of the U.P. Writers Club in 1957-58. He also taught at U.P. from 1959-60, 1966-67, and 1987-88 (as Fulbright professor); in Ateneo University, and also at Centro Escolar University. He was visiting professor at Brooklyn College; Wesleyan University; Leuven University, Belgium; Trento University, Italy; Tamkang University and National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.
His recent books are Rizal in Our Time (revised edition; Anvil); Balikbayang Sinta: An E. San Juan Reader (Ateneo U Press); In the Wake of Terror (Lexington), Critique and Social Transformation (Mellen); From Globalization to National Liberation (U.P. Press), US Imperialism and Revolution in the Philippines (Palgrave), and Critical Interventions (Lambert). UST Publishing House will soon launch his new collection, Ulikba at iba pang Tula.
Currently San Juan is preparing an anthology of his critical essays in Filipino as a sequel to Himagsik (published in 2004 by De La Salle U Press) and a ground-breaking commentary on an important historical document, hitherto unpublished, Benjamin Appel’s “Manila Diary,” together with a critique of Appel’s novel on the Philippines, Fortress in the Rice.–##