International Writers Project Fellowship at Brown University – Call for Applications/Nominations

The Brown Department of Literary Arts and Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies are seeking applications and nominations for the 2012 – 2013 International Writers Project Fellowship.

The fellowship provides institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support to writers who face personal danger, oppression, and/or threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world.  Each academic year, the fellowship is granted to one writer who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland.  Deeply practical in nature and
intention, the academic-year fellowship covers the costs of relocation and the writer¹s living expenses in the U.S., and also provides an office on the campus of Brown University for ten months.

International Writers Project founder Robert Coover points out that, while the Literary Arts Department at Brown has been providing freedom-to-write fellowships since 1989 and has a long history of engagement in freedom of expression issues, ³not in recent history has the basic principle of free expression been under such worldwide threat as right now,
making fellowships like this one a top priority for any writing program or university.  Not only does the fellowship provide needed support and sanctuary to an individual writer, it also signals a commitment to the principle of freedom of expression and, through its association with cultural programs, seeks to heighten awareness of that principle¹s
vulnerability and the need for international solidarity in its protection.²

The 2011 ­ 2012 IWP Fellow is Iranian poet Pegah Ahmadi.  Previous IWP Fellows have included Cambodian poet Kho Tararith, Nigerian fiction writer and documentary filmmaker Dul Johnson, Burmese novelist Thida, Zimbabwean
novelist Chenjerai Hove, Iranian novelists Moniro Ravanipour,  Shahryar Mandanipour,  and Shahrnush Parsipur, and Congolese playwright and novelist Pierre Mumbere Mujomba.

The IWP Fellowship is open to established creative writers (fiction writers, poets, or playwrights) who are persecuted in their home countries or who are actively prevented from pursuing free expression in their literary art.  Writers interested in applying for the fellowship should send a case history, providing publishing history and explaining need, a writing
sample (preferably in English), and a resume, to the Department of Literary Arts, Box 1923, Brown University, Providence, RI  02912, or they may email materials to  Persons wishing to make the IWP aware of a writer in need, or wishing to nominate a candidate, should also contact the program as noted above.  The IWP will accept applications until February 15, 2012.  More information about the IWP is available on the Literary Arts website, (click on IWP).

Essay Writing for the U.P. Rizal Sesquicentenary and Premyo Rizal

Calling all college students! You still have time to join “Premyo Rizal,” a nationwide essay writing contest for Filipino undergraduate students. This contest is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Jose Rizal and is sponsored by the University of the Philippines – College of Arts and Letters (UP-CAL) and MyRizal in cooperation with the Office of the Chancellor,U.P. -Diliman.

Participants may choose from either two categories–English or Filipino. The last day of submission is on October 31, 2011 or mailed entries must be postmarked latest on October 31, 2011.

Please note the standard specifications that apply to the literary contest: letter size paper (short bond paper), easily readable 12 pt. font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri, one-inch margin on all sides, double spaced. There is no need for headers/footers unless you are referring to notes, and unless you are planning to use them creatively.

For more details, please visit their official website:


Jeepney contributors for next issue needed!

We have started working on the next issue of *Jeepney*, and we have some  holes that need filling up, for which we will need both writers and photographers to volunteer for certain topics or sections.

This issue will carry feature articles on the theme; “Sports for All.”  Articles and photos will be due by October 28.

·  Feature Section: Present an in-depth discussion and backgrounder on the plight of Philippine sports. Also, include the laws that support it. (800-1000 words)

·  Feature Section: Present a study on the comparison of the physical fitness regimen between the rich and the poor. Interview two personalities with differing backgrounds. A recommendation from the *Jeepney board* to be interviewed is Louis Heussaf, father of model/actress Solenn Heusaff as the “rich” person, and another individual who is physically fit but does not need to spend anything on equipment or classes or one who attends free fitness programs either at CCP or QC Circle or any other venues that offer sessions for free. (500-800 words)

·  Other writing opportunity for this issue includes the following Jeepney section, “Who’s Helping” (NGOs and others who are helping beat poverty) for which writers will develop their own article ideas. We have already contacted with a new NGO, Payatas Poverty Alleviation Foundation (PPAF) and we agreed to feature them in our next issue. They also recently collaborated with us through our Street Soccer Program in which our former players who played at the Homeless World Cup are training the “jumper boys” (children who jump up garbage trucks to scavenge for something they can eat or sell) of Payatas. They have recently formed a new team, Payatas Pasaway Street Soccer team. Writer should be willing to visit the area to conduct interview. (500-800 words)

Writers: Get back with me quickly if you’d like to cover or write one of the feature articles. I also need your availability and cell phone number for coordination especially with the interviews of Mr. Heusaff and PPAF officials and beneficiaries.

Photographers: I need to know your general availability (weekdays, evenings, weekends) and preferably your cell number and if you are willing to be assigned in Payatas.

Thank you for partnering with *Jeepney * as we together celebrate the Philippines by empowering and encouraging the marginalized to work their way out of poverty.

For further questions, please contact me at or thru my cell phone number at 0999-6908156.



Cecilia Garcia Artates*
Program Manager
The Jeepney Magazine

Filipino Children Foundation’s Metro-wide Essay Competition

Join the Filipino Children’s Foundation in its fight against child poverty and suffering.

All high-school students residing in Metro Manila and its neighboring municipalities are invited to participate in this conscientious effort to promote a better and brighter future for poverty stricken children.

Winners shall be granted cash prizes, media acknowledgement and most importantly, shall be recognized as a contributor to the improvement of many children’s lives.

Contest start: August 1
Last day of submission of entries is on November 6, 2011
The Cash Prizes for the winners are as follows:
First Prize – P20,000
Second Prize – P15,000
Third Prize – P10,00
For more details, please visit FCF-California 2011 Essay Writing Competition.

asianTraveler asks: What’s YOUR “passion capital”?

Our friends at asianTraveler Magazine are asking:

What would you consider to be your own passion capital–that one place in the world where you go for days of pleasure, romance, adventure, and creativity? What city or destination makes you feel bursting with life and purpose?

Our friends at asianTraveler Magazine are asking:

What would you consider to be your own passion capital–that one place in the world where you go for days of pleasure, romance, adventure, and creativity? What city or destination makes you feel bursting with life and purpose?

Send us the following (through and get a chance to appear in the next issue of asianTraveler Magazine:

  • A one-paragraph description of your very own Passion Capital
  • A high-res photo of your destination (at least 1MB, original and taken by you)
  • A high-res profile picture of yourself
  • Your email address and contact number

Deadline of entries is FRIDAY, October 21, 2011.

Safe travels ahead!

Yuchengco Museum: October Rizal Lecture Series

Yuchengco Museum presents its final series of Saturday Rizal lectures this October. Be there as speakers discuss Rizal’s psyche as shown in his signatures, the Rizal law and nationalism, as well as his philosophy of history.


Attend the lecture series on October 8. 15, and 22, from 3-5pm at the Yuchengco Museum in RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Lectures come with museum admission (P100 for adults, P50 for students, and P25 for children and senior citizens). Advance registration is recommended. To register, call 889-1234 or email

* Those who will attend the arts and culture writing workshop of Writer’s Block Philippines and Yuchengco Museum on October 8 will get free admission to the lecture of Architect Emmanual Miñana.


October 8

The Signature of Rizal: A View from Within

Emmanuel Miñana

In his first public lecture on graphology, Miñana reveals the National Hero’s relationship with his family, Josephine Bracken, and Ferdinand Blumentritt as seen in his notes and letters. Emmanuel Miñana is an architect who has had an interest in graphology–the study of personality or character from handwriting–since he was 12. For the past 30 years, he has analyzed thousands of signatures here and abroad.


October 15

The Rizal Law and Nationalism

Lorenzo Tañada III

Coming from his grandfather’s legacy of passing the Rizal Law (which mandates all educational institutions to offer courses on the life and works of Jose Rizal),Tañada shares his views on nationalism today. Congressman Lorenzo Tañada III, who represents the fourth district of Quezon province, is from the third generation of the Tañada political line. He is the grandson of the late Senator Lorenzo Tañada, known for his fearless stand against the Marcos dictatorship. He is also the son of former Senator Wigberto Tañada, one of the 12 senators who led the fight to expel US military bases in the country in 1991.


October 22

German Historicism and Jose Rizal’s Philosophy of History

Ramon Guillermo

Ramon Guillermo is an associate professor of Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is the author of two books, Pook ng Paninindigan: Kritika ng Pantayong Pananaw and Translation and Revolution: A Study of Jose Rizal’s Guillermo Tell.

Spotlight on Carren Jao

This week, Writer’s Block Philippines shines the spotlight on Carren Jao, a writer and communications professional from Manila with a Master’s in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University’s renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

For over five years, Carren has honed her skills in the fields of journalism, marketing, and public relations. She has been covering the arts and culture beat for local and international publications. Her byline can be seen in Architect’s Newspaper, Bluprint Magazine, Contemporary Art Philippines, LAist, and Surface Asia Magazine, among others.

We were fortunate enough to do some brainpicking with Carren and got her to share her perspective on writing about arts and culture. Here are some excerpts on our interview with her.


As a writer, what made you interested in the art beat in the first place?

Creativity, in all forms, has always fascinated me. I used to wonder what the inner workings of a creative mind would be like and I guess my involvement in arts journalism was just an extension of that.


Tell us more about your scholarship to Syracuse and the Arts Journalism program in the University. What was the most important thing that you learned while in J-school?

The Master’s in Arts Journalism from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse University is one-year super condensed crash course in what it takes to be a journalist in the 21st century combined with an eye toward the arts.

The most practical lesson that I learned was really the digital skills. A good journalist nowadays has great fundamentals (can get the facts and write it well), but she also has to know how to best tell a story.


How did you officially break into the arts journalism scene in the U.S.?

First off, I would say, writers write. They don’t talk about writing or dream of it. They do it.


Find out her other insights on being a writer and more in our upcoming workshop, “An Introduction to Writing about Arts and Culture,” on October 8 in Yuchengco Museum. For details and registration, please contact Yuchengco Museum at 889-1234 or