He (1913 to 1996)and his wife Edith are credited with establishing a tradition in excellence in creative writing and the teaching of literary craft at Silliman University. He served as English Department chair, graduate school dean, vice-president for academic affairs, and writer-in-residence.
As a Guggenheim writing fellow in 1955 he submitted a collection of short stories, “A Stream at Dalton Pass and Other Stories,” for his Ph.D. in English at the University of Denver. This collection won a prize at the same time that his second novel, “More Than Conquerors” won the first prize for the novel.
He, along with his wife Edith, studied with Paul Engle in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Graduating in 1962, their experience there inspired them to found the Silliman National Writers Workshop, the first in Asia, which continues to this day.
He was also a Rockefeller fellow. He won the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Prize, the Palanca Awards, the UP Golden Anniversary Literary Contest prize, and the National Book Award.
Of the 1800 plus posts on my blog, the most viewed posts are those I have done on older short stories by writers from the Philippines. These stories, aside from the very high intrinsic pleasure of reading them will soon be the only way non-scholars in Filipino history will have access to the traditions of the culture. If you read through my posts on Filipino literature and history, you will get, I think, an over view of the countries literary history. The stories are a great treasure trove for those into Asian post colonial studies and Filipino folk lore. Above all that, the stories I have posted on are all a lot of fun to read.