Merlinda Carullo Bobis

(25 November 1959 - / Albay / Philippines)

Biography of Merlinda Carullo Bobis

Merlinda Carullo Bobis poet

Merlinda Carullo Bobis is a contemporary Philippine-Australian writer and academic.

Born in Legaspi City, in the Philippines province of Albay, Merlinda Bobis attended Bicol University High School then completed her B.A. at Aquinas University in Legaspi City. She holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and University of Wollongong, and now lives in Australia. Written in various genres in both Filipino and English, her work integrates elements of the traditional culture of the Philippines with modern immigrant experience.

Also a dancer and visual artist, Bobis currently teaches at Wollongong University. Her play Rita's Lullaby was the winner of the 1998 Awgie for Best Radio Play and the international Prix Italia of the same year; in 2000 White Turtle won the Steele Rudd Award for the Best Collection of Australian Short Stories and the 2000 Philippine National Book Award. Most recently, in 2006, she has received the Gintong Aklat Award (Golden Book Award, Philippines) for her latest novel Banana Heart Summer, from the Book Development Association of the Philippines.

Merlinda Carullo Bobis's Works:

Poetry

Rituals: Selected poems, 1985-1990. (1990)
Summer was a Fast Train without Terminals. (Melbourne: Spinifex, 1998)

Short Stories

White Turtle. (Melbourne: Spinifex, 1999)
The Kissing (Aunt Lute, 2001)

Novels

Banana Heart Summer (Murdoch Books, 2005)
The Solemn Lantern Maker (Sydney: Murdoch Books, 2008)
Fish-hair Woman (North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2011)

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DRIVING TO KATOOMBA

Today, you span the far mountains
with an arm and say,
‘This I offer you—
all this blue sweat
of eucalypt.'

Then you teach me
how to startle kookaburras
in my throat

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