Karlo Sevilla


Somewhere in
Quezon City 1100

Author's Bio

Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines and is the author of two poetry collections: “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018) and “You” (Origami Poems Project, 2017). Twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology⁠—by Ariel Chart in 2018 and Collective Unrest in 2019⁠⁠—his poems were first published in Philippines Free Press in 1998, then in Pacifiqa and Philippines Graphic in 2015, and since then he has more than a hundred poems published in various literary magazines, anthologies, and other platforms worldwide. He currently studies for the Certificate in Literature and Creative Writing in Filipino program of the Center for Creative Writing of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and is a member of the Rat's Ass Review online poetry workshop. He also coaches wrestling and Brazilian Luta Livre, and won a gold medal in the 2016 ADCC Southeast Asia – Philippine International Submission Fighting Open and in the Greco-Roman wrestling event of the 2011 Philippine National Games.

Publications & Prizes

Antarctica Journal Presents: The 2016 Anthology of Poetry (Beacon Press, 2017)
Awake in the World (Riverfeet Press, 2017)
Peacock Journal – Anthology: Beauty First (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2017)
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Anti-Heroin Chic
Ariel Chart
Beneath the Rainbow
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Communicators League
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I am not a silent poet
In Between Hangovers
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Poetry Breakfast
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Riddled With Arrows
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Sub-saharan Magazine
The Fib Review
Tuck Magazine
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Yellow Chair Review
Zingara Poetry Review
Prizes won: 
  1. Reader's choice award: Human Rights Online Philippines’ 8th (2018) HR Pinduteros Choice Awards for HR Right-Up
  2. Runner-up, Submittable-Centric Poetry Contest (2018)
  3. Third place, Tanggol Wika's DALITEXT 2018 poetry contest
  4. Poem, "Accidental Book Burning," recognized among The Best of Kitaab 2018
  5. "Dead Drunk in Vientiane & Other Poems," listed among Eastlit 2016 Popular Asiatic Literature

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Henrie Diosa Jimenez, Karl R. de Mesa, Rene Boy E. Abiva, Greg Bituin, Kristine Ong Muslim, Anne Carly Abad, Glenn Sevilla Mas, Maningning Miclat, Conchitina Cruz, Angela Manalang-Gloria, Merlie M. Alunan, Cirilo F. Bautista, Edel E. Garcellano, José Garcia Villa, César Ruiz Aquino, Charles Bukowski, Joe Pintauro, Anna Akhmatova, Dylan Thomas, Czesław Miłosz, Pablo Neruda, Leonard Cohen, Ocean Vuong, Robert Ronnow, James Tate, Kaveh Akhbar, Sam Sax...
What I'm reading now: 
AKO AT ANG PANAHON ATBPNG HINDI MA-CHIKA SA PERSONAL by Al Joseph A. Lumen, Angela Manalang Gloria, A Literary Biography by Edna Zapanta Manlapaz

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Quezon City
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Last update: May 01, 2020