Academic Nook

Academic Nook: My Life Refuses to Rhyme by Alwin Aguirre, Ph.D. Cand.

We are very proud and privileged to share with everyone Alwin Aguirre’s piece for our Academic Nook entitled: “My Life Refuses to Rhyme.”  You can read the entire piece in Behind the Books. Such a moving piece filled with fragments of poetics and soul. My heartfelt thanks, Alwin, for taking time out from your very busy schedule to create something this beautiful. Heart is filled. Perfect for our bimonthly theme “Poetry-filled Yuletide Cheer” this November and December.

Our bimonthly theme.

Alwin Aguirre is currently taking his PhD at the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication in Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He was also a recipient of the Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals and has won the Palanca Award in 2000 (Future Fiction category in Filipino for his work Desaparecidos), in 2002 (Future Fiction category in Filipino for his work Semi-Kalbo) and in 1999 (Short story in Filipino for his work Dalantao).

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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