TMI Writers Workshop & Seminar in March 2010

TMI writers to hold seminar, launch book, and stage play

The Guild of Ilokano Writers Global—also known as Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano Global—will hold on March 5 a writer’s seminar that coincides with the launching of its second anthology of literary works by Ilokano writers, “Alie(n)ation”.

The anthology, translated, edited, and with a critical introduction by Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, problematizes the Ilokano experience of “leaving one’s place of birth” and reclaims the energy that informs these writers to meditate on their unique experiences as writers of the diaspora.

TMI Global will also hold the Ilokano Culture Festival on March 6 at the International Ballroom of the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu. One of the highlights of the festival is the staging of a play on men’s issues, a play that cuts across issues on gender and domestic violence, “In the Name of the Father/Iti Nagan ti Ama”. The play is written and directed by Agcaoili.

The members of cast include Perlita Tapec Sadorra, Rose Daproza, Naty Cacho, Letty Manuel, Luz Bagaoisan, Bernard Collo, Jeffrey Acido, Calvin Rilviera, and Walter Luares.

The writers association, with country chapters in Australia and the Philippines, will also hold the Mrs. Literatura Ilokana Contest, the proceeds of which will go the Bachelor of Arts in Ilokano scholarship project of the University of Hawaii’s Ilokano Language and Literature Program and to the book publishing project of the association.

FAO/Feb 2010

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