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Anthology of Pinay lesbian writing released; eyes to boost visibility of the Pinay lesbian today

“Tingle” has been released as an anthology of Pinay lesbian writing. It contains 49 literary pieces that are said to “speak the truth and experiences of women loving women in all forms.”

“Tingle” has been released as an anthology of Pinay lesbian writing.

Compiled and edited by Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz, Palanca award-winning author and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao, “Tingle” contains 49 literary pieces that are said to “speak the truth and experiences of women loving women in all forms.”

In total, 37 people contributed, with the literary pieces said to “represent the individual voices and experiences of Filipina lesbian and queer writers.”

“It is a collective message that women love other women freely and in the light,” stated Anvil Publishing, which published the anthology. “We hope the anthology serves to encourage more writing from the community, to boost the visibility of the Pinay lesbian today.”

The editor, Cruz, is the author of Women Loving (2010), the first sole-author collection of lesbian-themed stories in the Philippines. From 2011 to 2016, she served the writing community as president of the Davao Writers Guild, which organizes readings and writers workshops in Davao City, as well as publishes new writing from Mindanao in print and online. Concurrently, she served as regional coordinator for Eastern and Southern Mindanao in the National Committee on Literary Arts. She holds a PhD from RMIT University, Australia. Her memoir about starting over in Davao City, “Abi Nako, Or So I Thought”, was published in 2020 by the University of the Philippines Press.

Tingle: Anthology of Pinay Lesbian Writing is available in selected National Book Store branches for P295.00. This can also be ordered online through www.anvilpublishing.com and www.nationalbookstore.com, as well as Anvil Publishing’s shopping channels on Shopee and Lazada.

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