We are very excited to announce our featured guest this November and December for our Poet’s Sanctum in GatheringBooks. Nerisa is a poet, dancer, photographer, teacher, beautiful artist. It is our privilege to share her poetry with you that is in keeping with our current bimonthly theme: Goddesses, Faeries, Spirit Stars, and Celestial Beings.
Nerisa del Carmen Guevara finished her M.A. in English Studies Creative Writing at University of the Philippines (U.P.), Diliman. She has attended the Dumaguete, Iligan, U.P. Writing Workshops and has been a panelist for UST CCWS and UST CCWLS Creative Writing Workshops in her capacity as Junior Associate (UST CCWS 2003-2006) and Resident Fellow for Poetry (UST CCWLS 2010-2013). She has received A Palanca Award for Poetry in 1999 and a Silver Cup Award for Dance Solo in the 2004 April Spring Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea. She was an apprentice Pangalay Dancer of the Ligaya Amilbangasa Alun Alun Dance Circle and has danced very happily for Grace Nono, Cynthia Alexander, Joey Ayala, and Pinikpikan. Her book and CD project, Reaching Destination, was given a Special Citation for Best Secular Album in the Catholic Mass Media Awards 2005.
She teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters where she has been running the Poetry Workshop called The Baguio Soul Project: Journey into the Self Through Words these past eleven years.