[Blueboard] KK Reading Series presents PLURAL

Department of English [LS] english.soh at ateneo.edu
Fri Sep 11 10:16:27 PHT 2015

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary,
and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila
University will host a lecture and reading by the editorial team of PLURAL,
an online prose journal. This event will be on Sept. 15, 2015, 4:30 p.m. to
6:00 p.m., at 4/f Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. Co-organizers
of the event are the Rizal Library, the Fine Arts Program (AdMU), and the
Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP).

The lecture will discuss the role that PLURAL seeks to fill in the
contemporary literary context. The lecture aims to be a presentation of the
goals of PLURAL and an examination of the gaps in, and limits of, the
Philippine literary scene—the very issues which motivated the founders of
PLURAL to create a platform where experimental prose coming from a
diversity of writers can be published and made available to an equally
diverse set of readers. Supplementing this lecture is a reading by the
editorial team: Carlo Flordeliza, Erika Carreon, Neobie Gonzalez, Lystra
Aranal, Wina Puangco, Erich Velasco, and July Amarillo.

About the PLURAL editorial team

Jose Carlo C. Flordeliza received his Bachelor of Arts in Literature and
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degrees from De La Salle
University-Manila. He was a fellow of the Iyas Creative Writing Workshop in
2008 and the Silliman University National Writer’s Workshop in 2010. His
works have appeared in the Malate Literary Folio, Ideya: Journal of
Humanities, the Philippines Free Press, and the Philippines Graphic. He has
also been anthologized in A Treat of Short Shorts and the Iyas Anthology.
He is currently completing his first collection of short stories while
working as a Senior Digital Strategist and Data Analytics Lead for a
Digital Agency in Makati.

Erika M. Carreon is the co-founder and co-editor of the online journal
PLURAL, catering to fiction, nonfiction, and literary criticism. She earned
her Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from De La Salle
University-Manila, where she teaches introduction to art and literature
general education courses. Her poetry was featured in the Philippines Free
Press and High Chair Issue 15, and her short story “Two” was published in
Kritika Kultura’s 23rd issue.

Neobie Gonzalez is a student at De La Salle University-Manila, taking up
her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Her works have appeared
in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Broke Journal, Used Gravitrons, and New
Slang. Her essay Voices from the Village (2013) won a Carlos Palanca
Memorial Award for Literature. She is currently crafting her own collection
of fiction, perhaps a few memoirs, and an igloo to stay in.

Lystra Aranal is an MFA Creative Writing student at De La Salle
University-Manila and is the 2012-2013 Fiction Fellow for the DLSU CLA-RAS
and BNSCWC Mini-Grant Recipient for Creative Writing. Her fiction, essay,
and poetry have been published in the Philippines Free Press, TAYO Literary
Magazine, Kweli Journal, Esquire Philippines, and other contemporary
Philippine anthologies. Her short stories “Bright
Lights” (2012), “Rén” (2013), and her one-act play “Debrief” (2013) won her
three Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. She is in the process
of completing a collection of short stories.

Wina Puangco is a young, relatively unknown fictionist and zine maker. She
was Prose Editor for Malate Literary Folio in 2010 and won a De La Salle
University Literary Award (Short Story) in 2012. She has been previously
published in Stache Magazine, Driftwood Press, and Plural Online Prose
Journal. Her series of short stories, “Science Lessons” is going to appear
in TAYO Literary Magazine‘s 5th Anniversary Issue this coming April. She
also manages MoarBooks, a tiny independent press.

Erich Velasco is a writer and graphic artist currently pursuing his
Masteral Degree for Creative Writing in De La Salle University-Manila. Some
of his works have been published in Malate Literary Folio. He is currently
in the process of writing.

July Amarillo is an essay collection away from completing her MFA degree in
Creative Writing at De La Salle University-Manila. She’s also a layout
designer whose most recent works include zines, online journals, and poetry

Department of English
School of Humanities
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Tel. no.: 426-6001 local 5310/5311
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Email: english.soh at ateneo.edu
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