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Sam Dapanas

In Conversation Contributing Writer


First Language(s): Cebuano Binisaya
Second Language(s): English, Tagalog-based Filipino


Alton Melvar “Sam” M Dapanas (they/them), a native of southern Philippines, is the author of Towards a Theory on City Boys: Prose Poems (UK: Newcomer Press, 2021) and In the Name of the Body: Lyric Essays (Canada: forthcoming). Their lyric essay has been nominated to the Pushcart Prize and their prose poem was selected for The Best Asian Poetry. A contributor to Tint Journal, their latest poems, essays, and translation have appeared in World Literature Today, BBC Radio 4, Oxford Anthology of Translation, Sant Jordi USA Festival of Books, and the University of Alabama Press anthology Infinite Constellations. Formerly with Creative Nonfiction magazine, they’re editor-at-large at Asymptote, assistant nonfiction editor at Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature and Atlas & Alice Literary Magazine. Find more at /samdapanas.

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz