Susan S. Lara
Susan S. Lara’s stories have won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and Focus Literary Awards. Her short fiction collection Letting Go and Other Storieswon the National Book Award, and her fiction and essays have been included in various anthologies. She majored in English at the University of the Philippines, attended the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, and attended the Seminar on Contemporary British Writing at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom through a British Council grant. She held the Irwin Lee Professorial Chair in Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2011. She has served as panelist in various writing workshops, including the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) Workshop, the DLSU’s Malate Writers Workshop, the University of St. La Salle’s Iyas Writers Workshop, and the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, of which she is currently Director-in-Residence. She is a professional communications consultant and facilitates writing workshops for corporate clients.