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Wil-Lian Guzmanos

Filipino, Taiwanese

First Language(s): Filipino
Second Language(s): English, Fukien, Mandarin Chinese


Wil-Lian L. Guzmanos is a writer based in Manila. She is currently finishing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines. Her first pop-up children’s zine, entitled Seed, was published in 2019. Her works have appeared in Plural: Online Prose Journal.


What was your favorite book as a child?

I learned how to read later than most people so I enjoyed looking at fairy tale picture books as a child. I also loved R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series and Roald Dahl’s The Witches with Quentin Blake’s illustrations as I learned how to read.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

Having lived in different places throughout my life, I only feel completely at home when I’m writing. It has somehow become my anchor.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

It would be the time when I quit my job and started to focus on writing with the loving support of my brother and my uncle.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

No, because I get distracted easily. But I listen to pop music and watch dance videos in between writing sessions to decompress.


Still Life with Deer
Issue Spring '22

Supported by:

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