Kritika Kultura, the refereed e-journal of language and literary/cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is launching the Kritika Kultura Reading Series featuring poets Allan Pastrana and Joseph de Luna Saguid, on November 18, 2013, at the 5th floor, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University.
The Kritika Kultura Reading Series aims to give a space for emergent writers to read from their newly published projects or works in progress. Each installment features two writers engaging with convergent themes or aesthetic dispositions.
Saguid is the author of two collection of poetry in Filipino: Kantilaho (UST Publishing House, 2009) and Loob (High Chair, 2013). He is one of the editors of hal. (www.hal-dyornal.com), a journal of contemporary works in Filipino. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from De La Salle University-Manila.
Pastrana holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He finished his Bachelors degree at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music (Music Literature and Piano Performance). He is a two-time Thomasian Poet of the Year and a recipient of the Rector’s Literary Award. He bagged the Grand Prize in the English Division of the Maningning Miclat Award for Poetry in 2005 and won for the Essay in the 2007 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. His first book of poems is Body Haul (UST Publishing House, 2011). Pastrana teaches Literature at Miriam College and Music at the Ateneo de Manila University.
The Kritika Kultura Reading Series is co-organized with the Ateneo’s Rizal Library.