Writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (Nagmac) and its flagship publication Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao are set to host “Ang Autobiografia ng Bakla, Reyna, at Puta,” an author craft talk, book signing, and writeshop with Cagayan de Oro-born and Saudi-based short story writer and novelist Jack Alvarez who authored “Ang Autobiografia ng Ibang Lady Gaga” (2015, VisPrint), “Kagay-an: At Isang Pag-ibig sa Panahon ng All-Out War” (2018, PsiCom), and edited “Saanman: Mga Kuwento sa Biyahe, Bagahe, at Balikbayan Box” (2017, Page Jump). This event will be held this Saturday at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.
Considered as contemporary Philippine literature’s Diyosa ng Dagli (or goddess of flash fiction), Alvarez has received prizes and nominations from the annual National Book Awards conferred by the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board. She is a member of Nagmac and Kataga – Samahan ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, and has been a writing fellow to the 2008 UST National Writers Workshop, the 2010 Palihang Rogelio Sicat, the 2015 UP National Writers Workshop, the 2016 Ateneo National Writers Workshop, and the 2016 Iligan National Writers Workshop.
Alvarez is expected to talk to Nagmac members and writing fellow-alumni of Nagmac-organized creative writing fellowships such as the CDO Young Writers Studio and the Veritas Writers Workshop.
This May, Nagmac will host the local launching of Alvarez’s first novel which was named after the city, “Kagay-an: At Isang Pag-ibig sa Panahon ng All-Out War” published by PsiCom last year. (nagmac)