Dean Francis Alfar

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Dean Francis Alfar (born 1969), is a Filipino playwright, novelist and writer of speculative fiction. His plays have been performed in venues across the country, while his articles and fiction have been published both in his native Philippines and abroad, such as in Strange Horizons, Rabid Transit, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and the Exotic Gothic series.[1]

He is the author of the novel 'Salamanca (Ateneo Press, 2006), as well as two collections of short fiction - The Kite of Stars and other stories (Anvil Publishing, 2007) and How to Traverse Terra Incognita (Flipside Press, 2012).

His literary awards include ten Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) — including the Grand Prize for Novel — as well as the Manila Critics' Circle National Book Awards for the graphic novels Siglo: Freedom and Siglo: Passion, and the Philippines Free Press Literary Award.

He was a fellow at the 1992 Dumaguete National Writers Workshop [2] as well as the 20th and 48th UP National Writers Workshop.[3]

He is an advocate of the literature of the fantastic, editing the Philippine Speculative Fiction series, as well as a comic book creator and a blogger.

Alfar is also an entrepreneur — running several businesses. He lives in Manila with his wife, fictionist Nikki Alfar[1] and their two daughters.

Awards[edit]

Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards

  • 2010 - Prose (Remembrance)

Gintong Aklat Awards

  • 2008 - Literature (Salamanca)

Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature

  • 2007 - for short story for Children (Poor, Poor Luisa)[4]
  • 2006 - for short story for Children (How Rosang Taba Won the Race)
  • 2005 - for the novel (Salamanca)
  • 2004 - for futuristic fiction (Hollow Girl)
  • 2004 - for one-act play (The Kite of Stars)
  • 2003 - for one-act play (The Onan Circle)
  • 1994 - for full-length play (Island)
  • 1994 - for one-act play (Loving Toto)
  • 1991 - for one-act play (Short Time)
  • 1990 - for one-act play (Fragments of Memory)

Manila Critics' Circle National Book Awards

  • 2006- Best Comic Book (Siglo: Passion)
  • 2004- Best Comic Book (Siglo: Freedom)

Philippines Free Press Literary Awards

  • 2007 - for short story (Six from Downtown)

Fellowships

  • 31st National Writers' Workshop, Dumaguete (1992) - Writing Fellow
  • 20th U.P. National Writers' Workshop (1992) - Writing Fellow
  • 48th U.P. National Writers' Workshop (2009) - Writing Fellow

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Salamanca, Ateneo de Manila University Press, April 2006. Grand Prize Winner for Novel, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 2005.
  • The Kite of Stars and Other Stories, Anvil Publishing, 2007. (Collection of short fiction)
  • How to Traverse Terra Incognita, Flipside, 2012. (Collection of short fiction)
  • How Rosang Taba Won A Race, Lampara Books, 2012. (Children's Book)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 1, Kestrel, December 2005. (Anthology of short fiction)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 2, Kestrel, December 2006. (Anthology of short fiction)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 3, Kestrel, December 2007. (with Nikki Alfar, Anthology of short fiction)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 4, Kestrel, February, 2009. (with Nikki Alfar, Anthology of short fiction)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 8, Flipside Books, July 2013. (with Nikki Alfar, Anthology of short fiction)
  • The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005 - 2010, UP Press, February 2013. (with Nikki Alfar, Anthology of short fiction); ebook, Flipside, July 2013
  • The Farthest Shore: An Anthology of Fantasy Fiction from the Philippines, UP Press, August 2013. (with Joseph Nacino, Anthology of short fiction)
  • VOLUME One, Anvil, 2013. (with Sarge Lacuesta, Anthology of short fiction, forthcoming)
  • Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, UP Press, 2013. (with Kenneth Yu, Anthology of short fiction, forthcoming)

Short Fiction[edit]

Comic Books[edit]

  • Siglo: Passion, edited by Dean Francis Alfar & Vincent Michael Simbulan (Kestrel/Nautilus Books, 2005).
  • The Craft Century in Project: Hero, edited by Elbert Or & Andrew Drilon (Questventures, 2005).
  • Invitation in K.I.A., edited by Marco Dimaano (Alamat Comics, 2005).
  • Quad in Hey Comics!, edited by Ramon de Veyra, 2004.
  • Siglo: Freedom, edited by Dean Francis Alfar & Vincent Michael Simbulan (Kestrel/Nautilus Books, 2003).
  • Ab Ovo 1, 2, edited by Dean Francis Alfar (Kestrel, 2002).
  • The Lost 1, 2. Kestrel, 2001.

See Also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Danel Olson, ed. (2008). "Biographical Notes". Exotic Gothic 2: New Tales of Taboo (hardback ed.). Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-55310-109-3. 
  2. ^ http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/nwwdumaguete/1992.html&date=2009-10-25+23:52:10
  3. ^ http://www.upd.edu.ph/~icw/fellows.htm#
  4. ^ "2007 Palanca winners", Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 2, 2007