Dr. Marjorie Evasco: Woman Wordsmith (Ph.D. Philosophy in Literature)

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Dr. Evasco at the Poetry Parnassus 2012 in London

A lot of people have stated that the Literature Program of DLSU is the best out there. Why? Well, for one, the faculty members past and present are renowned writers of the Philippines who have won prestigious awards for writing like the Carlos Palanca Awards. One of them is Marjorie Evasco. She earned her Masteral Degree at Siliman University and her Doctorate Degree in Literature at DLSU. She also was the creative director of the BNSCWC (Bienvenido Santos Creative Writing Center) which now resides in the capapble hands of Dr. Shirley Lua. She has written numerous books along with other Filipino writers but she has two poetry collections: Dreamweavers (1987) and Ochre Tones (1999). This year (2012) she represented the Philippines at the Poetry Parnassus in London during the London Games. Currently, she is a University Fellow and from time to time, you may see her walking down the halls of our school.

Marjorie Evasco is one of the Philippines’ best feminist writers. With poetry being her forte, Evasco has traveled far and wide to share her work with other poets such as Mamta Sagar of India and Alvin Pang of Singapore. She has also received international awards such as a writing fellowship for the International Retreat of Writers in Scotland and a travel grant and residency funded by the Rockefeller Foundation in Italy.

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Having the privilege of being one of her pupils exactly a year ago, I am a witness to Dr. Evasco’s wisdom and intellect as a mentor and her ability to beautifully marry words as a poet. Her passion for her craft has led me to rein kindle my relationship with Literature  She has helped many others discover their true passion as a writer, one of them being Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta who has also written a collection of poems. Dr. Evasco is truly a Lasallian who has made a personal impact in my life and in the life of others.

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