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Novelist Gina Apostol Wins Rome Prize for Literature

Novelist Gina Apostol
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[Cebu City] June 07, 2022—Filipino novelist Gina Apostol is among the winners of the 2022 Rome Prize in Literature.

Apostol is one of the recipients of the American Academy in Rome’s yearly award, which includes a stipend and a stay at the Academy’s Gianicolo campus in Rome.

The Rome Prize is given in 11 disciplines by American Academy in Rome, the United States’ oldest overseas institution supporting innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities.

Apostol will use the prestigious prize to devote more attention to her latest work, which is about the “perils of womanhood among Filipino radicals in 1880s Europe.”

Last May 5, 2022, Apostol told CNN Philippines’ Rico Hizon that her work-in-progress, The Treatment of Paz, is set in the 1880s and 1890s and would examine the “Filipino revolution from the point of view of women.”

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This story is about Paz Pardo de Tavera, the wife of Filipino painter and patriot, Juan Luna, who murdered her in Paris in 1892.

Gina Apostol grew up in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, and now resides in New York City and western Massachusetts. She is a teacher at New York City’s Fieldston School.

The Rome Prize is awarded yearly by an independent jury of prominent artists and intellectuals following a nationwide competition. The yearly competition got 909 submissions from 47 different states and territories in the United States, as well as 19 international countries.


Written by Adrian Josh Lepiten

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📍Cebu, Philippines
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