Born on the cusp of Taurus-Gemini. An alchemy of Earth and Air, a combination of practicality and intellect, a Shylock and an airhead rolled into one. Felix Fojas is a member of PEN International, the Academy of American Poets, and the Philippine Literary Arts Council. He holds a B.A. degree in English and Comparative Literature, an M.A. degree in Linguistics and Literature, and a doctorate degree in Metaphysical Science from the University of the Philippines (Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines), De La Salle University(Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines) and University of Metaphysics, (Hollywood, California, U.S.A.), respectively. Fojas was the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from Cambridge University, England. He also attended the 18th Midwest Writers Annual Conference at Kent State University, Ohio, U.S.A., the Silliman University Writers Workshop, and the University of the Philippines Summer Writers Workshop.
A former creative director in various multinational advertising agencies, freelance journalist, magazine columnist, newspaper editor, and university professor, Felix Fojas has won numerous advertising and literary awards. These include a CLIO Award for Advertising Excellence Worldwide, New York, 1977; the Cultural Center of the Philippines Annual Literary Awards, 1977; the 1985 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Philippines; the 1987 Golden Poet Award, World of Poetry, Sacramento, California; Honorable Mention, Writers’ Journal December 2000 Poetry Contest; The President’s Award for Literary Excellence 2002, The National Authors Registry, Michigan; and the 2003 Editor’s Choice Award, Snake Nation Review, Georgia. Fojas has lectured at the University of California at Davis, Sacramento State University and Sacramento City College.
The writings of Felix Fojas have appeared, among others, in The Fabric of Vision: An Anthology of World Poetry edited by Dr. Santosh Kumar, Cyberwit. net. Press, Allahabad, India (2001); Eros
Pinoy: An Anthology of Contemporary Erotica in Philippine Arts & Poetry edited by Virgilio Aviado, Ben Cabrera and Alfred Yuson, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila (2001); A Habit of Shores, Philippine Verse in English 1970s-90s edited by Gemino Abad, University of the Philippines Press, Diliman, Quezon City (1999); Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature edited by Luis Francia, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.A. (1993); Sex in a Minute, A Quick Survey of Lovemaking by Billy Manalang, Ph.D., Manila, Philippines (1992); Versus: Philippine Protest Poetry 1983-86 edited by Alfrredo Navarro Salanga, Ateneo de Manila University Press, Quezon City, Philippines(1986); Evergreen Review, New York; Verse Libre, North Virginia; Our Own Voice, New York; The American Dissident, Concord, Massachusetts; Ludlow Press, New York; the Paris/Atlantic Review, Paris, France; The Write Gallery, Fairborn, Ohio; The Lucid Stone, Scottsdale, Arizona; Medhdutam, New Delhi, India; Anthology Magazine, Mesa, Arizona; The Filipino Guardian, San Francisco, California; Soul to Soul Poetry, New York;
Poetry Super Highway, Los Angeles, California; Facets Magazine,
Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Indonesian Observer; Midweek Magazine, Philippines; Philippines Free Press; Manila Bulletin;
Philippine Weekly Graphic Magazine; Sunday Philippine Inquirer Magazine; AsiaWrites; Caracoa Literary Journal; The Sunday Malaya Magazine, Philippines; Philippine Panorama Magazine; The Sunday Malaya Magazine; Veritas Newspaper; Solidarity Journal; and in Diaspora Anthology, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Philippines and Talipaivanseisaus, Finland.
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