“E is for Epal” by Paolo Manalo and “Velocirupture” by Michael Balili

“Epal”, a Filipino slang for an annoying or attention seeking person, is the theme of Manalo’s interval collection of poems in English, Tagalog, and Taglish on realities overheard or overenunciated. His first collection Jolography (2003) received recognition from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the UP Diliman Gawad Chancellor. It will be re-issued in a Retconned edition by UP Press this 2019. Manalo has received fellowships from the UP National Writers Workshop, the Taboan Writers Festival, and the MacDowell Colony. He teaches English, literature, and creative writing at tUP-Diliman.

“Velocirupture” refers to the velocity of rupture, an urgency; the rupture of velocity, a delay. Balili deliberates, surely the everyday asks to be interrupted? In this debut poetry collection, scenes, landscapes, and contrived interventions are illuminated by a flash of lightning. Balili was a fellow of the Ateneo and UP National Writers workshops. His poems have appeared in various anthologies and magazines such as Crowns and Oranges: Works by Young Philippine Poets from Anvil Publishing and the Philippine P.E.N. produced At Home in Unhomeliness: Philippine Postcolonial Poetry in English.