Karlo Sevilla


Quezon City 1100

Author's Bio

Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines, and is the author of three poetry collections: “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018), “You” (Origami Poems Project, 2017), and "Outsourced! . . ." (Revolt Magazine, 2021). Thrice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology⁠—by Ariel Chart in 2018, Collective Unrest in 2019, and Woolgathering Review in 2021⁠⁠—his poems were first published in Philippines Free Press in 1998, then in Pacifiqa and Philippines Graphic in 2015, and since then he has over 300 poems published in various literary magazines, anthologies, and other platforms worldwide. In 2020, he was one of the contributors to "Pandemic: A Community Poem," which was nominated by Muse-Pie Press for that year's Pushcart Prize. He belonged to the first batch of students (school year 2018) of the 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

BONED Every Which Way 2020 (Spaceboy Books, 2021)
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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Boned: A Collection of Skeletal Writings
Collective Unrest
Communicators League
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I am not a silent poet
In Between Hangovers
Indiana Voice Journal
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Poetry Breakfast
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Riddled With Arrows
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Sub-saharan Magazine
The Fib Review
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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
  6. Poem, "White Cloud," on the shortlist of the 2021 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Henrie Diosa Jimenez, Kari Astillero, Karl R. de Mesa, Rene Boy E. Abiva, Greg Bituin, Marco Llanes, Luisa Igloria, 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, Federico García Lorca, Albert Camus, Ferenc Juhász . . .
What I'm reading now: 
AKO AT ANG PANAHON ATBPNG HINDI MA-CHIKA SA PERSONAL by Al Joseph A. Lumen, Getting Real: An Introduction to the Practice of Poetry (Philippine Writers Series) by Gémino H. Abad

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Quezon City
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Last update: Oct 03, 2022