Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis

Filipino-Australian writer, performer, and academic Merlinda Bobis haspublished three novels, a collection of short stories, five poetrybooks, a monograph on creative research, and scholarly essays oncreative-critical production, militarism, migration, and thetransnational imaginary. Her various awards include the Prix Italia,the Australian Writers’ Guild Award, the Steele Rudd Award for theBest Published Collection of Australian Short Stories, the PhilippineNational Book Award, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature,and the Gawad Balagtas. Her poetry book ‘Summer was a Fast Trainwithout Terminals’ was short-listed for ‘The Age’ Poetry Book Award,and her novel ‘Banana Heart Summer’, for the Australian LiteratureSociety Gold Medal. Her novel ‘Fish-Hair Woman’, which received Australia’s 2013 Most Underrated Book Award, was adapted into a play by the Harlequin Theatre Company. Her own plays have beenperformed/produced in the Philippines, Australia, US, Spain, Canada,France, China, Singapore, Thailand, and the Slovak Republic. Bobis teaches Creative Writing at University of Wollongong, Australia. http://www.merlindabobis.com.au