Events: The Critical Culture Reading Series features the Gantala Press

September 18, 2017

The Critic Culture—with the help of the Department of Fine Arts (AdMU)—offers an interview with the editors of Gantala Press, an independent feminist print that promotes works concerning—and works of—women. The speakers were Faye Cura, Janine Dimaranan, Beverly Wico Siy, and Rae Rival. The interview is on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faber 101, Ateneo de Manila University. The interview is open to everyone. 

About interview

Some of the things that will be done in the interview are the Gantala projects and the principles that guide them; history of publishing women in the Philippines; the situation of the female writer; and the narratives of struggle and writing in times of trouble. The interview will end with a reading of a few pieces from Danas, the first antology published by Gantala.

About speakers

Faye Cura is the founder and president of the independent feminist Gantala Press. He studied and briefly taught Creative Writing at philippine High School for the Arts. His poems were found in online literary journals and some antology. The High Chair in 2012 published his second list of poems, The Halaw. His third book, The Witch.

Janine Dimaranan graduated from Art Panteatro at philippine High School for the Arts and BA Language and Literature at the University of the Philippines Baguio. He became a fellow at the Rogelio Sicat and Cordillera National Writers Workshop in 2014 and at the New York Writers Workshop's Manuscript & Criticism in 2015. His creative and criticised work appears in Plural, Be Untexed, Critic Culture, and other books and anthology.

Beverly Wico Siy is the author of six books, the most recent in The Filipino translation of the American Papertowns novel, John Green. Bebang is a writer, editor, and copyright advocate. Read his latest work on and contact him with

Rae Rival teaches creative writing at the Philippine High School for the Arts. She also markets, promotes, and manages the publication of books written by her students. Her works have appeared in Liway, Likhaan (UP), Philippines Graphic and Experience. Adarna published her story "Marvino's League of Superheroes" (Grand Prize, CPMA; Finalist, National Children's Book Award, Kid's Choice Category). She also self-publishes her zines.

About Critical Culture

The Critic Culture includes several indexes such as MLA International Bibliography, Thomson Reuters (ISI), Scopus, EBSCO, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. Christian Culture is known for several networks of literary, language, and cultural studies in Asia, America, and Europe. Visit or write to if there is a question regarding submission and subsequent interviews.

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