De La Salle University
The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
The Department of Literature
The Academic Publications Office
and Anvil Publishing, Inc.
cordially invite you to
A LOVELY AND SAINTLY LIFE:
REMEMBERING BIENVENIDO N. SANTOS ON HIS CENTENARY
The Launching of
BEN ON BEN:
CONVERSATIONS WITH BIENVENIDO N. SANTOS
(Anvil Publishing, 2011)
by Leonor A. Briscoe
22 March 2011, Tuesday, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Yuchengco Seminar Rooms 407-409
De La Salle University-Manila
For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Gerardo Z. Torres, director of DLSU-BNS Creative Writing Center at 5244611 local 233, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bienvenido N. Santos (1911-1996)
Born in Tondo, Manila, of Pampango parents from Lubao, Bienvenido N. Santos was a government pensionado to the United States in 1941. During the war years he studied at the University of Illinois, Columbia, and Harvard and served with the Philippine government in exile in Washington, D.C.
In 1946, he returned to the Philippines, taught school and became a university administrator. In 1958, he was a Rockefeller Foundation fellow at the Writers Workshop in the University of Iowa where he later taught as a Fulbright exchange professor. He received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Republic Cultural Heritage Award in Literature.
In 1981, his alma mater, the University of the Philippines, and Bicol University in Legazpi City gave him honorary degrees in Letters and Humanities. He was a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Wichita State University from 1973 to 1982, and was awarded an honorary degree in humane letters upon his retirement.
In late 1986 to 1987, he was a Visiting Writer and Artist at De La Salle University. He received the Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature, honoris causa, from DLSU in 1990.
His stories have won prizes in the Philippines Free Press, the International Herald Tribune, the U.P. Silver Jubilee, and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards contests. His works include the following: Villa Magdalena, The Volcano, The Praying Man, The Man Who (Thought He) Looked Like Robert Taylor, What the Hell For You Left Your Heart in San Francisco, You Lovely People, Brother, My Brother, The Day the Dancers Came, Scent of Apples: A Collection of Stories, Dwell in the Wilderness: Selected Short Stories, 1931-1941, The Wounded Stag: 54 Poems, Distances in Time: Selected Poems, Memory’s Fictions: A Personal History, Postscript to a Saintly Life, Letters: Book 1, and Letters: Book 2.