De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the Department of Literature in cooperation with the Literature Circle present

Translating Environments: A Conversation between Poets

featuring Stuart Cooke, Mabi David, Dinah Roma-Sianturi, and Francisco Guevara

on 5 June 2012 (Tuesday), 6:00-7:30 pm, Ariston Estrada Seminar Room, Ground Floor, St. La Salle Building, De La Salle University-Manila. Reception will follow at 7:30 pm at the Alfred Xerez Burgos Boardroom (LS112-113).

R.S.V.P. BNSCWC 5244611 local 233 or email; Literature 5244611 local 541 or email


Stuart Cooke is in residence for three months at De La Salle University-Manila. He received his PhD (Postcolonial Poetics) from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia in 2011. His dissertation, Speaking the Earth’s Languages: a theory for a trans-Pacific indigenous poetics, focused on Indigenous Australian and Chilean poetics. His poems and translations have seen publication in Australia, USA and UK. His work includes a chapbook, Corrosions (Vagabond Press, 2010), and a translation of Juan Garrido Salgado’s Eleven Poems, September 1973 (Picaro Press, 2007). His full-length book of poems, Edge Music, was highly commended in the Interactive Press Picks First Book category. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Mabi David is a freelance writer and one of the founding editors of High Chair. She is the author of Unto Thee and You Are Here, both poetry collections published by High Chair in 2005 and 2009, and a co-author of Portraits of a Tangled Relationship: The Philippines and the United States published by Ars Mundi Philippinae in 2008 and Rafflesia, a book on the hunt and discovery of this rare parasitic plant by Filipino botanists, published this year by Energy Development Corporation. A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Mabi was the research and publication manager of Filipinas Heritage Library and the deputy director of the University of the Philippines Press. She was a fellow of several national writing workshops.

Dinah Roma-Sianturi is an award-winning poet, Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, and Chair of the Literature Department at De La Salle University, Manila. She has just completed a two-year research fellowship at the National University of Singapore Asia Research Institute (Cultural Studies Cluster). Dinah Roma-Sianturi’s work explores the liminal spaces between place and language, where possibilities of journeys are manifold. While her first book A Feast of Origins (UST, 2004) celebrates her beginnings in the craft of poetry, her new collection Geographies of Light (UST, 2011) pursues bolder wanderings that merge her favorite motifs of travel and its epiphanies. It draws inspiration from the rich traditions of Asia to chart the traveler’s passage across landscapes and terrains, peoples and cultures, through time and memory—experiences that are made more enduring and habitable in poetry’s realm.

Francisco “Kokoy” Guevara not-so-recently graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. He is currently teaching at De La Salle University–Manila. Some of his critical and creative work will be published in Jacket2 magazine and The Offending Adam.

Acknowledgements: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, External Relations and Internationalization Office, College of Liberal Arts