Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Infobox Person
name = Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

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birth_date = 1947
birth_place = Philippines flagicon|Philippines
death_date =
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education =
occupation = Filipino writer
spouse = Lauren Brainard

children = Christopher, Alexander and Andrew
website = http://www.ceciliabrainard.com/

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is a Filipina author of historical fiction based in California, U.S.A.. She was born in Cebu, Philippines, attended St. Theresa's College in Cebu and in San Marcelino, Manila. She also went to Maryknoll College in Quezon City from 1964 to 1968, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts. She also did graduate work in film making at UCLA in 1969.Brainard's works include the internationally acclaimed novel, "When the Rainbow Goddess Wept", "Woman with Horns and Other Stories" and "Philippine Woman in America". She is the editor of the anthology "Fiction by Filipinos in America" and teaches creative writing at the Writers' Program of UCLA Extension. [http://www.asianamerican.net/bios/Brainard-Cecilia.html "Who's Who of Asian Americans?", A Biography of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Asian American.net] , retrieved on: June 16, 2007] [http://voices.cla.umn.edu/vg/Bios/entries/brainard_cecilia_manguerra.html "Cecilia Manguerra Brainard b. 1947", A Biography of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Voices.cla.Umn.edu, University of Minnesota, 2006] , retrieved on: June 16, 2007] [http://www.ceciliabrainard.com Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's Official Website, CeciliaBrainard.com] , retrieved on: June 16, 2007] [http://www.palhbooks.com/Brainard2.htm Brainard-Manguerra, Cecilia, "Flip Gothic", PALH-Ezine, Philippine American Literary House] , retrieved on: June 16, 2007] [http://www.toobeautiful.org/waywo_ceciliabrainard.html "What Are You Writing On?", Writers on Their Works in Progress: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Author, TooBeautiful.org] , retrieved on: June 16, 2007]


She was born in 1947 and grew up with her influential family in Cebu City, on the Island of Cebu, Philippines. Cebu appears in her short stories and novel as "Ubec" (Cebu spelled backwards). Her idyllic childhood is associated with her father, an engineer who was already in his fifties when she was born. Brainard was the youngest of four children. Her father died when she was nine. To cope with the loss of the father figure, she started writing journals at the age of nine. Her writing eventually evolved into essays, then short stories, then novels.

She is the author and editor of a dozen books, 250 published essays and three-dozen stories. From 1968 to 1981, she worked in the area of communications as a documentary scriptwriter, fundraiser and as an assistant director for a non-profit organization that included responsibilities in public relations and development. Since 1981, she has worked as a freelance writer. She has taught in the Animation Department at the University of Southern California. She teaches creative writing at the UCLA-Extension Writers’ Program. She once wrote a bi-monthly column, "Filipina American Perspective" for the Philippine American News, a newspaper in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1988. She was a founding member and past officer of Philippine American Women Writers and Artists (PAWWA). She is a member of PEN America.

As an author, editor, and teacher, Brainard is like the epic storyteller, "Yvonne", in her internationally-acclaimed novel, "When the Rainbow Goddess Wept". She promotes Filipino-American writers and Filipino-American literature so that other readers may learn, recover and remember. Her works can be found in periodicals such as "Focus Philippines", "Philippine Graphic", "Mr. and Mrs. Magazine", "Katipunan", "Amerasia Journal", "Bamboo Ridge" and "The California Examiner" among many others. Her stories have been anthologized in the pages of "Making Waves" (1989), "Forbidden Fruit" (1992), "Songs of Ourselves" (1994), "On a Bed of Rice" (1995), "Pinay: Autobiographical Narratives by Women Writers, 1926-1998" (Ateneo 2000), "Asian American Literature" (Glencoe McGraw-Hill 2001) and many others.

Brainard immigrated to America in 1968 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1972. She eventually married Lauren Brainard, whom she had met in the Philippines when he was serving in the U.S. Peace Corps. The couple settled in Santa Monica, California where they have three sons namely Christopher, Alexander, and Andrew.

Her Novels and Short Story Collections

*"Magdalena" (novel, Plain View Press, 2002)
*"Acapulco at Sunset and other Stories" (short story collection, Anvil, 1995)
*"When the Rainbow Goddess Wept" (novel, Dutton, 1994), which first appeared as "Song of Yvonne", (New Day Publishers, 1991) (Plume paperback, 1995), (University of Michigan Press, 1999)
*"Gokkusagi Tanricasi Agladginda" (Turkish edition of "When the Rainbow Goddess Wept" Bilge Kultur Sanat, translated by Fusun Talay, 2001)
*"Woman With Horns and Other Stories" (short story collection, New Day Publishers, 1988)

Her works as editor of short story collections

*"Ala Carte Food and Fiction" (Anvil, 2007), "co-edited with Marily Y. Orosa"
*"Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults" (PALH & Anvil, 2003)
*"Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America" (Anvil, 1998)
*"The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales" (1995)
*"Fiction by Filipinos in America" (New Day, 1993)
*"Seven Stories from Seven Sisters: A Collection of Philippine Folktales" (1992)

Her essays and non-fiction collections

*"Behind the Walls: Life of Convent Girls" (Anvil, 2005), co-edited with Marily Y. Orosa
*"Cecilia's Diary: 1962-1969" (memoir, Anvil, 2003)
*"Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence (PAWWA, 1999)", co-edited with Edmundo F. Litton
*"Philippine Woman in America" (New Day Publishers, 1991)

Her awards

*Gourmand Award, for "Ala Carte Food & Fiction" (coedited with Marily Y. Orosa) (2008)
*Certificate of Recognition from the Cebu Provincial Government (2006)
*Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, 21st District (2001)
*Filipinas Magazine Achievement Award for Arts and Culture (2001)
*California State Summer School for the Arts Award (2000)
*Outstanding Individual Award from the City of Cebu, Philippines (1997)
*USIS Travel Lecture Grants (1995 & 1997))
*Makati Rotarian Award (1994)
*Literature Award, Filipino Women's Network (1992)
*City of Los Angeles Certificate of Appreciation (1992)
*Brody Arts Fund Fellowship (1991)
*Special Recognition Award, Los Angeles Board of Education (1991)
*City of Los Angeles Cultural Grant (1990-91)
*California Arts Council Artists' Fellowship in Fiction (1989-90)
*Honorable Mention Award of the Philippine Arts, Letters, and Media Council (PALM) for "Welcome to America" (1989)
*Recognition Award, National Citizen Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) (1987)
*Fortner Prize, for the story "The Balete Tree" (1985)


External links and other sources

* [http://voices.cla.umn.edu/vg/Classroom/Student_writing/1301v-s2005/Group3/Philippines_files/page0002.htm University of Minnesota Site about Philippine history and culture]
* [http://www.filippiinit-seura.fi/firefly.html The History of Filipino Women's Writings by Riita Vartti]
* [http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=9183 University of Michigan Press site on When the Rainbow Goddess Wept]
* [http://www.ngkhai.com/pointcebu/profile/brainard.htm Point Cebu Profile of Cecilia Brainard]
* [http://www.gwu.edu/~asi/articles/37-2-5.pdf 1997 Index of Interviews of Selected American Authors]
* [http://www.pw.org/mag/archive/article_details.php?id=1373 Poets and Writers Information re Hubler Interview of Brainard]
* [http://www.californiaauthors.com/directory.shtml California Authors Directory]
* [http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:NYm0Cf1zpEcJ:galatearesurrection3.blogspot.com/2006/08/noli-me-tangere-by-jose-rizal.html+cecilia+brainard+blog&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=8&ie=UTF-8 Allen Gaborrow Reviews of Noli Me Tangere and When the Rainbow Goddess Wept]
* [http://www.bibliobuffet.com/content/view/611/169 BiblioBuffet Interview of Cecilia Brainard by Daniel Jaffe]
* [http://www.jeepneybooks.com Interview of Cecilia Brainard by One on One Jeepney Books]
* [http://www.ceciliabrainard.com Official Website of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard]
* Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing by Jane Eldrige Miller

ee also

*Ninotchka Rosca
*E. San Juan, Jr.

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