Thomasian alumnus named fellow in La Salle National Writers’ Workshop

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A THOMASIAN alumnus is set to join the Iyas La Salle National Writers’ Workshop, once directed by National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista.

Literature graduate Edmark Tan was named a fellow for English poetry.

“As a writer, no matter how old or young you are in the scene, there is always something to be improved: your craft, your sensibility, or perhaps your reading taste,” Tan told the Varsitarian.

Tan’s submission to the workshop is a collection of poems about the Agono Petroglyphs in Rizal province.

“I chose this topic originally for one of my graduate school subjects on poetry and philosophy. I wanted to explore our oldest manifestation of art as a people,” he said. “I wanted to write something that approaches our history and consciousness as a people through old and forgotten artworks.”

Tan was a fellow for creative nonfiction of the prestigious Silliman University National Writers’ Workshop in 2015.

The Iyas La Salle National Writers’ Workshop, now in its 19th installment, will be held on March 31 to April 6 at Balay Kalinungan, University of St. La Salle in Bacolod.

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