April Mae Berza

Poet

Author's Bio

April Mae M. Berza is the author of Confession ng isang Bob Ong Fan (Flipside, 2014) and Berso de Berza (Charging Ram, 2012.) Her poems and short stories appeared in numerous publications in America, France, Canada, Belgium, Romania, India, Japan, Great Britain, and the Philippines. Her poems are translated into Crimean Tatar and Filipino. Some of her poems are published in Liwayway, Belleville Park Pages, Haiku Journal, The Siren, Poetica, Three Line Poetry, Calliope, Maganda, Metric Conversions, Ani, The Manila Times, Letters to my Bully, Remembering Rizal, Voices from the Diaspora, Madswirl, The Stardust Gazette, The Riveter Review, Asahi Haikuist Network, Contemporary Verse 2, and elsewhere. She used to work for the associate editor position of Toe Good Poetry. Her poem "E-Martial Law" was broadcast on IndoPacific Radio on KPFA 94.1FM/kpfa.org. She is a member of the Poetic Genius Society.  Her two haiku entries were featured in the 9th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Selected Haiku Submissions Collection, July 2017. She received an Honorable Mention in the 19th HIA Haiku Contest and 7th Akita Russia-Japan Haiku Contest. She studied Sertipiko sa Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She lives in Taguig, Philippines.    

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Aquillrelle's Anthology, Selecting the Best (Lulu.com, 2018)
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Poetica Magazine Contemporary Jewish Writing (Poetica Publishing Company, 2014)
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Metric Conversions (CreateSpace USA, 2013)
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Remembering Rizal, Voices from the Diaspora (Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), Inc., 2011)
Journals: , ,
Calliope Magazine
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Contemporary Verse 2
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Dead Snakes
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Kalyani Magazine
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Leaves of Ink
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Mad Swirl
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Maganda Magazine
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Penny Ante Feud
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Poems-For-All
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Red Ochre Lit
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Screech Owl
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Seventh Quarry/Swansea Wales
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Straight Forward
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The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Magazine
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The Germ
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The Literary Yard
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The Poet's Haven
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Wild Plum
Prizes won: 

Honorable Mention, The 19th HIA Haiku Contest

Honorable Mention, 7th Akita Russia-Japan Haiku Contest

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Roberto Bolaño, Milan Kundera, Carlos Piocos III, Allan Popa, Peter Solis Nery, Charles Simic, Steve Klepetar, Bob Ong, Rick Riordan, Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., Katherine Paterson, Jerry Gracio, Romulo P. Baquiran Jr., and Dan Brown
What I'm reading now: 
Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, The Penguin Book of Italian Verse by George Kay, Asintada by Lilia Quindoza Santiago, The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata by Ricky Lee

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Filipino
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English, Filipino/Tagalog
Born in: 
Manila
Philippines
Raised in: 
Taguig
Philippines
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Last update: Oct 03, 2020