In Siena, Italy [Civitella Ranieri fellow, 2009]
Gina Apostol is a novelist who was born in Manila, grew up in Tacloban, Leyte, and lives in western Massachusetts and New York City. Her third novel, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, which came out from W.W. Norton in July 2012, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy (University of the Philippines Press) and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata (Anvil Publishing, Manila), both won the Philippine National Book Award for Fiction, also known as the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel. The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata and Gun Dealers’ Daughter also won the biennial Philippine book prize Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) in 2010 and 2012 respectively. She has done residencies at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy, and at Phillips Exeter Academy, among other fellowships. Her articles and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Review of Books, Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, and other anthologies and journals. You can find more information on her website: ginaapostol.com.

On sabbatical. In Malahide, outside Dublin, 2005

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