My Paper Children are Being Read!

Parents only want the best for their children. Well, most parents, I hope. Hmm before this becomes a post about parenting (good or bad) I better move on.

I sent the following in an email to friends, so I might as well make it an open letter to everyone who reads these pages.


Last year saw the birth of my twin paper children (poetry books, to be clear and not just cute haha), Baha-bahagdang Karupukan and Alien to Any Skin, both published by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. I have no idea how many people have read the books. But it seems there are keen readers and some of them nominated both titles to the first Filipino ReaderCon awards.

 The other nominees have a better chance of winning, for my books will have to compete with each other first to get a sympathetic reader/friend’s vote. So I am sending this email to all friends who might want to show their support for my writing. Here is the link to the site (and yes, anyone can vote):

 Thanks in advance. Please do spread the word so my poetry reaches more readers.

 Which then brings me to my other good news. UST Publishing House has once again shown appreciation for my work. They have accepted my two poetry manuscripts. Currently being copy edited are Kalmot ng Pusa sa Tagiliran and Sound Before Water.

 It is my hope that these books of poetry find new homes. Maraming salamat.

About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. His latest book is BLOODRED DRAGONFLIES, published by Deep South in South Africa. Check out the official blog page for Bloodred Dragonflies. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. San Anselmo Publications released HOW TO MAKE A SALAGUBANG HELICOPTER & OTHER POEMS in 2019 followed by CROCODILES IN BELFAST & OTHER POEMS in 2020 - both books can be purchased through their Facebook page. View all posts by matangmanok

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