Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles
Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles’s works and interests encompass books, conceptual writing, translation, film and video, installation, found objects, and text-based experimentation. His erasure projects continue to explore and expand on the concepts of, among others, time and memory, language and loss, identity and anonymity, and sex and intimacy. A recipient of multiple national awards—including the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and Maningning Miclat Poetry Award—and fellowships from the UP National Writers’ Workshop and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism, Arguelles is the author of nineteen books of and about poetry. A two-time finalist for the National Book Award, he works as a book editor and translator, and teaches literature and creative writing at the De La Salle University in Manila, where he also earned his doctoral degree in literature. His most recent books are Walang Halong Biro (DLSU Publishing House, 2018) and Mujeres Publicas (Balangay Productions, 2019).