Fil-Am fictionist Marianne Villanueva was the guest in a special session of Creative Writing 250(Philippine Literature in English) under Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo at the Francisco Arcellana Library, Faculty Center, UP Diliman. The session was held last August 8 under the auspices of LIKHAAN: The U.P. Creative Writing Center and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
Villanueva read her short story “Silence” and talked about her experiences as a Fil-Am writer in America. Originally published in the Three Penny Review, “Silence” was shortlisted for the O. Henry Literature Prize in 1999.
Villanueva is also the author of Ginseng & Other Tales from Manila (Calyx Books and Ateneo’s Office of Research & Publications in 1991), which was a finalist for the Philippines’ National Book Award in 1992. Her other works have appeared in several anthologies and journals, including Charlie Chan is Dead (1993) and The Nuyorasian Anthology (1999). She is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Stanford University Creative Writing Program. She works at Stanford as an administrator and part-time teacher.
She was earlier featured, along with Fil-Am poet and novelist Rinehard Zamora Linmark, author of Rolling the R’s (Kaya Productions 1996)--during a session of the CWC’s Writers Kwentuhan Series in 1998.