MANILA, Philippines – Palanca Award winning writer Shakira Sison talks to Rappler about the challenges and pain of writing. Sison won first place in essay for her story about her father, The Krakauer Table. In an interview with Rappler, Sison says, “I guess they [the judges] felt it was a sincere voice. If you read the essay it’s very heartwarming, but it’s not an entirely positive view of my father. I guess the judges sensed that kind of truth.”
Watch the interview below.
Shakira Andrea Sison currently works in the financial industry. She is a veterinarian by education and was working towards an MBA while managing a 70-store retail corporation in Manila, Philippines before relocating to New York in 2002.
She is in the US Library of Congress’ List of 100 Filipina Poets for her work as a fellow at the University of The Philippines National Writers Workshop. In 2000, she was included in the University of the Philippines Creative Writing Center’s Writers of the New Century.
Her work appeared in the San Franciso-published book Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-American Writers, and several broadsheets, magazines and online publications in the Philippines. Sison is also the creator, web developer, and editor of the workplace resource Cubiclue.
Sison is a prolific writer on LGBT issues and the Filipino diaspora. She also maintains a blog.