Writing One's Way to Knowing about Martial Law


Fictionist Anna Cabe sat down with Carlo Flordeliza in the Emmanuel S. Torres Literary Arts Room in the George SK Ty Learning Innovation Wing of Areté last April 2, 2019. Cabe read from her novel-in-progress Balete Drive, and discussed getting to know about Martial Law through writing the novel, learning about the daily lives of activists, thinking about how histories are remembered, and writing for a Filipino diaspora audience.

Anna Cabe is a Pinay-American writer from Memphis, Tennessee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bitch Media, Terraform, The Toast, storySouth, Rappler, SmokeLong Quarterly, Joyland, and Fairy Tale Review, among others. She received her MFA in fiction from Indiana University and was formerly the nonfiction editor for Indiana Review. She is currently a Fulbright Fellow at Ateneo de Manila University, where she is completing a novel.

Jose Carlo C. Flordeliza received his AB in Literature and MFA in Creative Writing from De La Salle University-Manila. His work has most recently been anthologized in The Best Asian Speculative Fiction 2018. He is a part-time faculty member of Ateneo’s Creative Writing program.

This conversation is part of a series to be recorded for Areté in collaboration with Kritika Kultura and the Ateneo Department of Fine Arts’s Creative Writing program. These are recorded in the room named in honor of the poet, critic, and literature professor who was also the first and longtime curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery.

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