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Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis is an award-winning Filipino-Australian writer, performer, and academic. She has published four novels, a collection of short stories, five poetry books, a monograph on creative research, and scholarly essays on creative-critical production, migration, postcolonial writing and the transnational imaginary. Her awards include a Philippine National Book Award for her third novel Fish-Hair Woman; the Prix Italia, the Australian Writers’ Guild Award, and the Ian Reed Prize for her radio play Rita’s Lullaby; the Steele Rudd Award for the Best Published Collection of Australian Short Stories, a Philippine National Book Award, and the Judges’ Choice Award (Seattle Arts Festival) for White Turtle / The Kissing (US title); the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature for her poetry; and the Philippine Balagtas Award, a lifetime award for her fiction and poetry in English, Filipino and Bikol. Her poetry book Summer Was a Fast Train Without Terminals was short-listed for The Age Poetry Book Award, and her novel Banana Heart Summer, for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. She has performed her plays as one-woman shows in the Philippines, Australia, US, Canada, Spain, Singapore, France, and China. She teaches Creative Writing at University of Wollongong, Australia. The Philippine edition (Anvil) of her latest novel Locust Girl. A Lovesong (Spinifex 2015) will be launched at the APWT 2015 conference.

Member Since: 11/1/2012

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