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Rekuerdo/Memento—Estrangement and Homing in Ilokano Poetics

A new book, a sequel to “Kallautang: Poetics of Diversity, Displacement, and Diaspora” (TMI Global Press 2009) will be launched during the 4th Nakem International Conference.

Published by the IWAH Press/GUMIL Hawaii, in collaboration with the TMI Global Press, the book gathers the works of poetsRequerdo-Memento 2-7 writing on the issues of migration within the Philippines, and immigration of Ilokanos to places outside the country. Some of the poets included in this volume Lady Fele Mann from Australia, Abril Varilla and Prodie Padios from Canada, George Pagulayan from California, Cristino Inay from New Jersey, Cris Quilpa from Virginia, and poets from Hawaii such as Pacita Saludes, Perlita Sadorra, Cleo Casino, Natividad Cacho, Letty Manuel, Fely Cristobal, Andrea Mendoza, Lina Jacobe, Remy Baclig, Rose Daproza, Brig Daproza, Jeffrey Acido, Lucia Geronimo and Lydia Abajo. Poets from the Philippines include Peter La. Julian, Daniel Nesperos, and Roy Aragon.

The book is edited and translated by Aurelio S. Agcaoili, president of Nakem Conferences International and executive director of the 4th Nakem Conference and currently coordinator of the Ilokano Language and Literature Program of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A critical introduction, also by Agcaoili, accompanies the book.

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