SINGAPORE | Asst/Prof Myra Garces-Bacsal is a Teacher Educator in Singapore. As a clinical psychologist, she has done extensive work with the gifted which range from conducting psychological assessments to counseling and developing indigenous gifted programs for highly-able learners. Aside from doing teaching supervision in Singapore Schools, she also does clinical supervision among graduate students in counseling psychology.
Dr. Bacsal has published on socioaffective concerns of gifted learners, family influences in talent development, and experiences of flow among young artists. Her research interests include psychology of artists, Asian folktales, identification of the disadvantaged gifted, experiences of flow among creatives, and bibliotherapy. She has also 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 serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference.
Pioneers & Contributors
USA | Fats Suela works as a Circulation Assistant at the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) and is a member of the Ohio Library Council (OLC). She graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the Philippines. She migrated to the United States in 2007. She lived in California for almost six years where she worked as a cashier, a pharmacy sales associate, and a licensed vocational nurse. She moved to Ohio in 2014, where she developed a fondness for cats.
Fats has been in love with books since she first learned to read. Although no one else in her family shares her passion, they’ve always been supportive of her creative endeavors. Her love for picturebooks, middle-grade fiction, and YA literature has grown since becoming part of the Gathering Books team.
PHILIPPINES | Iphigene is a multi-hypenated professional. In the corporate world she is known as a Managing Consultant. In the educational sector as teacher to Senior High School students, a psychologist, counselor and school consultant. Online, she is a writer, an artist, a blogger and web administrator. In the real world she’s a novice in the Third Order of Carmelites. She continues to improve GB’s user experience as she gains more experience in managing it’s backroom. As a contributor and reviewer for GB she enjoys reading & writing poetry, literary fiction, magical realism, diverselit, philosophy and theology.
SINGAPORE | Kenneth is an itinerant freelance copywriter for one of South East Asia’s leading independent Public Relations agencies. In his previous desk-bound job as the Director of the Singapore Book Council, he was also the Festival Director of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where he drew upon his great love of children’s picturebooks, middle grade and young-adult novels, and graphic novels.
Having grown up on a diet of vocabulary games, Scrabble™, and Boggle™, Kenneth enjoys reading fiction about family drama (isn’t all fiction really about family drama?), fantasy, and science-fiction. Besides tennis biographies and air-crash investigations, he also enjoys non-fiction about mathematics, language, writing, science, and astrophysics.
Kenneth also prefers the Oxford comma.