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Krip Yuson

Alfred A. Yuson, nicknamed Krip, has authored 26 books thus far, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, children's stories, biographies and coffee-table books, apart from having edited various titles that include several literary anthologies.

He has gained numerous literary distinctions, including the SEAWrite (SouthEast Asian Writers) Award given by Thai royalty for lifetime achievement, the Stalwart of Art and Culture Award from the City of Manila, and the Gawad Balagtas from the Writers Union of the Philippines. He has been elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippines' most prestigious literary distinction.

He has enjoyed fellowships in various international writing programs, and participated in conferences, festivals and reading tours in the United States, Japan, China, Finland, Scotland, Thailand, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, South Africa, Colombia, Iran, Nicaragua, and Ireland. His poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Bahasa.

In 2003 he gained a Rockefeller Foundation residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy to write his third novel. His most recent participation in a literary assembly was at the Gerald Manley Hopkins International Conference and Festival held at Newbridge College in Ireland in July, 2013.

Yuson's works have been widely published, earning inclusion in numerous Philippine publications as well as international journals and anthologies, such as Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia (University of Michigan Press, 2002); Love Gathers All: A Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry (Ethos Books of Singapore, 2002); The Literary Review, Volume 43, Number 3 (Farleigh Dickinson University, 2000); Flippin': Filipinos on America (The Asian American Writers Workshop, New York City, 1996); Brown River, White Ocean (Rutgers University, 1994); Bomb (published in New York); Frank: An English Literary Journal of Paris; Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing (published by the University of Hawaii); The Iowa Review; Tenggara (published in Malaysia); SCARP (published in Australia); Prizewinning Asian Fiction; ASEAN Short Stories; and Asian Modern Poetry.

He co-founded the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC), Creative Writing Foundation, Inc. (CWF), and Manila Critics Circle, and is currently Chairman of UMPIL (Writers Union of the Philippines). He is also a board member of the Movies and Television Ratings and Classification Board under the Office of the President of the Philippines.

Yuson has won a FAMAS Award and a Catholic Mass Media Award (CMMA) for a feature-length film screenplay. He has also been a documentary filmmaker and scriptwriter, as well as a book, magazine and newspaper editor and designer. He serves as Philippines Editor for MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, published by the University of Hawaii.

He contributes a weekly literature and culture column to a national broadsheet, The Philippine Star, and a fortnightly column to the Philippine Graphic magazine. He teaches fiction and poetry at Ateneo de Manila University, where he held the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair.


By: Krip Yuson
All I can offer is the fun of an antic mind, will o’ the wisp of notion and imagination,   a sense of joie de vivre, a few au courant suggestio ...


By: Krip Yuson
This man knows. He gropes for titles. There is need for naming fish and bread When multiplied upon a mountain. Such a dark swirl the sky is, red-ban ...


By: Krip Yuson
Stones. We had to deprive them of stones. Clearing the paths to the village, we sent the old men and the children home. Flowers. No one could ever r ...

Under the Care of Tyrants

By: Krip Yuson
We learned the alphabet backwards until it hurt from much laughter. This is the way it is to be ordinary. This is heaven where you’re exalted by lea ...

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