Gémino Abad

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Gémino Abad
Born (1939-02-05) February 5, 1939 (age 79)
Santa Ana, Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines

Gémino Henson Abad is a literary critic from Cebu, Philippines. His family moved to Manila when his father, Antonio Abad, was offered professorships at Far Eastern University and the University of the Philippines. He earned his A.B. English from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1964 "magna cum laude". His MA with honors and Ph.D. in English literature degrees were obtained from the University of Chicago in 1966 and 1970, respectively. He served the University of the Philippines in various capacities: as Secretary of the University, Secretary of the Board of Regents, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing. For many years, he also taught English, comparative literature and creative writing at U.P. Diliman.

Abad co-founded the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC) which published Caracoa, a poetry journal in English. His other works include Fugitive Emphasis (poems, 1973); In Another Light (poems and critical essays, 1976); A Formal Approach to Lyric Poetry (critical theory, 1978); The Space Between (poems and critical essays, 1985); Poems and Parables (1988); Index to Filipino Poetry in English, 1905-1950 (with Edna Zapanta Manlapaz, 1988) and State of Play (letter-essays and parables, 1990). He edited landmark anthologies of Filipino poetry in English, among them Man of Earth (1989), A Native Clearing (1993) and A Habit of Shores: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, ‘60s to the ‘90s (1999).

The UP Diliman has elevated Abad to the rank of University Professor, the highest academic rank awarded by the university to an exemplary faculty member. He currently sits on the Board of Advisers of the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing and teaches creative writing as Emeritus University Professor at the College of Arts and Letters, U.P. Diliman.

In 2009, he became the first Filipino to receive the coveted Premio Feronia in Rome, Italy under the foreign author category.



  • Fugitive Emphasis, 1973
  • Poems and Parables, 1988
  • In Ordinary Time: Poems, Parables, Poetics, 2004

Poems and critical essays[edit]

  • In Another Light, 1976
  • The Space Between, 1985
  • Father and Daughter, 1996

Poetry and fiction (in the same book)[edit]

  • A Makeshift Sun, 2001
  • "Care of Light: New Poems and Found", 2010

Fiction and essays (in the same book)[edit]

  • Orion’s Belt and Other Writings, 1996

Literary criticism[edit]

  • A Formal Approach to Lyric Poetry, 1978
  • Getting Real: An Introduction to the Practice of Poetry, 2004

Creative non-fiction[edit]

  • State of Play (essays), 1990

Historical anthologies[edit]

  • Man of Earth: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, 1905 to the mid-‘50s (co-edited with Ace Palermo), 2017
  • A Native Clearing: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English Since the ‘50s to the Present, 1993
  • A Habit of Shores: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, ‘60s to the ‘90s, 1999


  • The Likhaan Anthology of Philippine Literature in English, 1998

With Ace Palermo..

Translations into other languages[edit]

  • Italian: Dove le parole non si spezzano, edited by Gëzim Hajdari, translated by Andrea Gazzoni, afterword by Carla Locatelli,Ace Palermo 2015 (Rome: Ensemble)

Awards, prizes and fellowships[edit]

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