Cebuano writers, Lawrence Ypil and Nikay Paredes, read new poems and talk about writing about home away from Cebu.
This poetry reading was held at the beautiful La Belle Aurore (Junquera branch) on January 11, 2013. I missed this since it coincided with an out-of-town holiday I planned several weeks before so I’m awfully glad they have a video of the event.
Lawrence Ypil is the author of The Highest Hiding Place. He is a Palanca Awardee and received an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis under a Fulbright Scholarship. He is now with University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.
Nikay Paredes is a second year MFA candidate in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Her poems have appeared in The Electronic Monsoon Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Tuesday; An Art Project.
I knew about Nikay and Larry through a Creative Writing Workshop I attended with them (Larry was a panelist, and Nikay was a fellow) in my college a few years back. They are wonderful writers and I look up to them a whole lot. I especially loved hearing Nikay’s voice reading poems – she sounds so sweet, and her poems and Larry’s are always wonderful. 🙂
Here’s part 2:
Erik Tuban made the event poster, and Jessica McYorker performed.
Videos were by Kate Aguirre Go and Karwin Go. Thank you!