A poet, playwright and experimental filmmaker, ERIC GAMALINDA was recently mentioned by the Wall Street Journal as one of a handful of Filipino writers finally gaining international recognition. He has received several awards in the Philippines and the U.S. for his work, including the Cultural Center of the Philippines Independent Film and Video Awards, the New York/New England Prize from Alice James Books and the Asian American Literary Award for his collection of poems, Zero Gravity, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for fiction, the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize for his novel, My Sad Republic, the Philippine National Book Award for the same book as well as his first novel, Planet Waves, and numerous national awards for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and playwriting in the Philippines. His new novel, The Descartes Highlands, was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize. His collection of short stories, People Are Strange, was a finalist for the 2009 Black Lawrence Prize and was released in 2012. He has been awarded several prestigious residencies around the U.S. and the world, among them Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Civitella Ranieri, and The Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio. He also edited an anthology, Flippin': Filipinos on America, published by the Asian American Writers Workshop in 1996. His stories, poetry, and non-fiction have been widely published in a number of publications, from Harper's Magazine to anthologies in Italy and Spain. He worked as an investigative journalist until he emigrated to the United States in 1993, was Publications Director of the Asian American Writers Workshop until 1997, Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawaii in 1999, Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asia Pacific American Studies Program in 2002-2003, and currently teaches at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.
Contemporary Literature & Non-Fiction
ISBN 978-1-9368731-3-5 $16.00
"Not only are the tales of People Are Strange remarkable and surprising, Gamalinda's prose breaks the heart in unexpected places. Honest, lovely, real, this book is a must, with its awe-inspring twists."