photoblog in Marianne Villanueva interview by Hyphen mag
R. Zamora Linmark of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (06/27/2006) has cited Marianne Villanueva as “one of the most important Filipino short-story writers working in the English language today.”
Karen Ann Liquete wrote in “A Writer’s Tale” (The Manila Bulletin On-line, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007):
“Born and raised in Manila, she (Marianne Villanueva) now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches creative writing and literature at Foothill College, Notre Dame de Namur University, and UCLA Extension.
“Her critically acclaimed first collection of short fiction, Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila (Calyx Books 1991) was short-listed for the Philippines’ National Book Award. Her story, Silence, first published in the Threepenny Review, was short-listed for the 1999 O. Henry Literature Prize.”
San Francisco Bay Area’s Hyphen Magazine has written an interview feature of her, “Introducing: The WRITE Questions for Marianne Villanueva.”
Part of this interview reads:
Hyphen Magazine: What blogs/websites do you frequent?
<snip> * I like looking at Gerry Ruiz’s photoblog. As far as I can make out, he’s a photographer based in Tacloban City in the Philippines, and he always posts pictures of such interesting places. <snip>
I was totally floored.
And to think that I don’t even know her!
Thanks a lot, Marianne. I will be on the lookout for your book, “Mayor of the Roses.”
Read the full interview here.