ABOUT MY WORK

In June 2016, I will be receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award for Cultural and Natural Resource Conservation/Preservation from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association. Ceremony will take place in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

March 2016 is the anticipated publication of Hotspot, Cool Country: Biodiversity in the Philippines (Anvil Publishing, Inc.) It will be launched at the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines symposium March 5-9 in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. Copies will be available at National Bookstore and through distribution outlets in the U.S.

Hotspot Cool Country Cover final

Coast 22 (FB Coast 22), a livelihood program for coastal villages, will be receiving seed funding from the Pollination Project. This program trains residents to create decorative items from abandoned fishing nets. Coast 22 products have already sold in craft fairs and online (Etsy) in the U.S. Future plans include continued assistance from UP Visayas, new designs, and collaboration with Net-Works (an alliance between the Zoological Society of London and Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of carpet tiles).

Training Palawan horizontalcoast 22 at fair

On December 5, 2012, I received a Pamana ng Pilipino Presidential Award for my writing, from Pres. P-Noy himself at Malacanan. It was grand and humbling, and I’m thankful that it has opened doors for my other advocacies and projects: writing residencies in the Philippines and the conservation of Philippine wildlife and natural resources.

Almira Gilles, Presidential Awardee 2012

LATEST ARTICLE ABOUT MY WORK:

http://www.guampdn.com/article/20140302/COMMUNITIES/303020033/One-drop-ocean-Almira-Gilles-proves-small-things-can-make-big-differences

LATEST PUBLICATION PROJECTS

A poem in the just released poetry anthology called Verses in the Time of Yolanda (California: Meritage Press) http://versestyphoonyolanda.blogspot.com/

MY FIRST NOVEL, THE FIRE BENEATH (TALES OF GOLD) HAS BEEN NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE CHICAGO WRITERS ASSOCIATION BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2013. It is one of 3 finalists in the Traditional Fiction category.

Read a review:  http://www.philstar.com/arts-and-culture/2012-12-24/889309/new-novelist-town

Published by Carayan Press, in conjunction with Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (San Francisco, California)

Inspired by a true event in the Philippines, the story is about a bulldozer operator who discovers gold artifacts. Much more than the familiar narrative of unexpected fortune and perilous descent, this is an exploration of contrasts: discovery and concealment, greed and generosity, secularization and spirituality. It examines the demands we place on ourselves, our relationships, and institutions. It asks if we are justified in pursuing the kind of life we want despite the demands of others and examines who should judge such choices. Some of the gold described in the novel is displayed in a permanent collection at the Ayala Museum in the Philippines.

 

Intercultural Reflections in ChicagoAlmira Astudillo Gilles, Editor-in-Chief, Chicago Consular Corps Ladies Club, Chicago: 2013.

 

 OTHER PROJECTS

Book launch of Adverbum Project writer, Ricky M. de Ungria: Read about it at http://www.philstar.com/arts-and-culture/2014/03/03/1295886/two-road-map-rapture

Second Adverbum retreat held at Puerto Galera, Mindoro, February 27-March 3, 2014, with attending writers Chari Lucero, Isabel Mooney, Dennis Haskell, Reuel Aguila, Juaniyo Arcellana, Gwenn Galvez (Anvil Publishing), Penelope Flores (from California and Calapan), and Padma Siap (from Cebu). Read about it here: (Thanks, Juaniyo)

http://www.philstar.com/starweek-magazine/2014/03/23/1303941/two-different-worlds-oriental-mindoro

http://www.philstar.com/arts-and-culture/2014/03/31/1306519/sidebar/sandbar-version-mix

 

October 17-23, 2013, I organized a retreat (Adverbum Project) for writers in Palawan, Philippines, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Preserve. Read what the participants have said about it, published in major Philippine newspapers: 

http://www.philstar.com/travel-and-tourism/2013/12/08/1265380/hotel-centro-serene-oasis-and-lively-epicenter

http://dagmay.kom.ph/2013/11/10/shaken-and-stirred-the-adverbum-writers-retreat-in-palawan/#more-2741

http://www.philstar.com/arts-and-culture/2013/10/28/1249670/digital-detox-and-ambrosia-puerto-princesa

http://www.philstar.com/arts-and-culture/2013/11/04/1252249/writers-retreat

http://www.mb.com.ph/the-amazing-villa-a-slice-of-paradise-in-western-palawan/

http://www.mb.com.ph/the-amazing-villa-a-slice-of-paradise-in-western-palawan-part-2/

WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Children’s book series about biodiversity in the Philippines, with the National Museum of the Philippines
Polishing up Kali’s Pearl, about Badjao pearl diving in the Philippines.
Assortment of poetry, essays, and short stories for various print and online publications