Reptile He had been visited by countless frogs and snakes were nesting in his room. Although he was always trapped between trepidation and awe, he relished each encounter as … [Read more...]
About Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles
Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles is the author of 20 books of and about poetry, most recently the bilingual edition Walang Halong Biro (De La Salle University Publishing House, 2018) with translations by Kristine Ong Muslim, a volume of selected poems, Ang Iyong Buhay ay Laging Mabibigo (Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2016), and a three-volume poetry series—Talik (2017), Antares (2018), and Mujeres Publicas (2019)—all from Balangay Books. Kristine Ong Muslim’s translations of his two books—Hollow and Three Books—are forthcoming this year from Fernwood Press and Broken Sleep Books, respectively. His works and interests encompass books, conceptual writing, translation, film and video, installation, found objects, and text-based experimentation. His erasure projects continue to explore and expand on the concepts of, among others, time and memory, language and loss, identity and anonymity, and sex and intimacy. A recipient of multiple national awards—including the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and Maningning Miclat Poetry Award—and fellowships from the University of the Philippines National Writers’ Workshop and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism, Arguelles is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award. He works as a book editor and translator, and teaches literature and creative writing at De La Salle University in Manila.