Kanlaon is the name of a volcano found on the island of Negros, in the Philippines. Read more about the volcano here.
- Why did self choose to name her blog after a volcano in the Philippines?
Self wanted to give it a name that had some personal connection to herself. Her Dear Departed Dad was born in the Philippine province of Negros Occidental. And that’s where the volcano is. (Self used to think the volcano was extinct but a careful reader of her blog told her it wasn’t, that it had in fact resulted in the deaths of two climbers, back in the late 90s.)
- All right, but who, then, is the writer of this blog?
She’s a writer. Not well-known (for which, in a way, thank God. She has a life).
- Why is this blog written in the third person?
The blog is an experiment in voice. She found the “I” rather too limiting. The Drama Queen side of her personality can only emerge when she thinks of herself as a character in some kind of narrative.
A few highlights of her life thus far:
Self has lately been writing horror and science fiction (!!!) Her first horror story was published in Philippine Genre Stories (“The Departure”). Her science fiction story will be appearing soon in the New Orleans Review (“Thing:” It’s a story about a new, post-apocalyptic world, populated by strangelings, creatures that cannot be named)
Self had a short story included in the April 2009 (the “Blood, Sugar, Sex and Magic” Bacolod issue) of Rogue Magazine! (That on the cover is obviously NOT self – what were you thinking???)
Her first collection of short fiction, Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila (Calyx Press, 1991) was simultaneously published in Manila and was short-listed for the Philippines’ National Book Award.
She was a two-time recipient of a California Arts Council Artists Fellowship.
She was a Margaret Bridgman Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.
Her story “Silence,” first published in The Threepenny Review, was short-listed for the 2000 O. Henry Literature Prize.
She co-edited, with Virginia Cerenio, an anthology of Filipina women’s writings, Going Home to a Landscape (Calyx Books, 2003), which gathered together the writings of Filipina women from around the world.
Her second book, Mayor of the Roses: Stories, was the inaugural publication of the Miami University Press Fiction Series. It could only have happened because of Brian Ascalon Roley. The photo they used for the cover shows nearly all her Bacolod relatives, gathered at the funeral of self’s grandfather, a former Mayor of Bacolod.
In 2007, Frederick Barthelme picked self’s story “The Hand” as the winner of the Juked Fiction Contest.
KulArts gave her play-in-progress, “In Which Menchit Attempts To Improve Her Fortune” a staged reading in the Bayanihan Cultural Center in October 2008 (Looove Alleluia Panis. Just love her)
In 2009, her third short story collection, The Lost Language, was published in the Philippines by Anvil Press.
She is still writing, even after xxxxx number of rejections. And she still thinks writing is the scariest and also the most exciting activity in the universe.
Born and raised in Manila, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and tries to spend at least a few months each year in Bacolod, Negros Occidental.