Bio

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LOUIE JON A. SÁNCHEZ is the author of two poetry collections in Filipino: At Sa Tahanan ng Alabok (Dust Dwelling, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2010), a finalist in the Madrigal Gonzales Prize for Best First Book, and Kung Saan Sa Katawan (Whence in the Body, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), a finalist in the National Book Awards Best Poetry Book in Filipino category. He also has a book of creative nonfiction, Pagkahaba-haba man ng Prusisyon: Mga Pagtatapat at Pahayag ng Pananampalataya (No Matter How Long the Procession: Confessions and Acclamations of Faith, University of the Philippines Press, 2016). He has a book of criticism forthcoming, Aralín at Siyasat: Mga Pagninilay Hinggil sa Tula (Studies and Investigations: Cogitations on Poetry), to be released by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. 

He co-authored textbooks on Filipino and English language and literature for the junior and senior high school lines of Rex Book Store, Inc., Vibal Publishing House, and Anvil Publishing Inc.

He teaches literature, writing, and popular culture at the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University. He is a member of the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) and the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

He holds the distinction of being awarded “Makata ng Taon” (Poet of the Year) thrice (2006, 2009, & 2011) at the Talaang Ginto (Golden List) poetry contest of the Philippine Government’s Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language). He also won a Catholic Mass Media Award for fiction, as well as a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for poetry.

He serves as associate editor for the international journal Suvannabhumi (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea).

Aside from creative writing, his interests are literary translation, archipelagic poetics, critical theory, and cultural studies. He is currently studying the Philippine Teleserye (Filipino soap opera) history and tradition.

He holds an A.B. major in Journalism from UST and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, with high distinction, from the De La Salle University, Manila, where he is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Literature.

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