Alliah Tabaya (LenzKie)
I was born in Buayan, Mlang, North, Cotabato and studied Bachelor of Technology Education at the University of Southern Mindanao, Kidapawan City. A member and poetry contributor to the school paper in 1996, I was a University athlete medalist as well and a Milo Marathon university participant at the Municipality of Kidapawan, Kidapawan City. I was also awarded Math Wizards Certificates in 1999. I earned jobs as factory worker, machine operator, production operator, and personal secretary but I am also a business woman and owner of a general merchandise in Cainta Rizal. An OFW in Doha, Qatar and currently Kuwait, I also helped distressed OFWs in the country. Furthermore, I am an administrator of the Otusa TV Internet – Facebook Television of Manny Calpito, and the Manggagawang Migrante ng Kuwait (MMK). I submitted tribute poems to the Pilipino Bloggers Magazine and to Doc Penpen Takipsilim’s Pentasi B.
Angelo B. Ancheta
Angelo attended the University of the Philippines and took an engineering course. However, he ended up doing computer programs thinking that software engineering is problem solving. He has been writing poems and essays since high school. His haiku have appeared in journals both online and off such as The Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku, Simply Haiku, Haiku News, Haiku Reality, A Hundred Gourds, Notes from the Gean Tree. His first micro fiction “SEEDS” earned a Certificate of Distinction in 2011 from the Intergeneration StoryTelling Foundation. His first ghost story placed second in PSICOM’s True Philippine Ghost Stories Contest 2011. The poem “A New Song” is an interpretation of Armineonila M.’s original song titled ‘Bagong Tunog’.
Armineonila M. (Armie)
Born in Manila, I was raised in Iloilo, Philippines and studied Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas where I became a member of the UP Miag-ao Experimental Theatre (UPMET). I wrote feature stories and commentaries in English for Kuwait Times and Friday Times (2005-2011). I also submitted the weekly comic strips titled “Pat en Tero” to the Filipino Panorama, Kuwait Times, in 2009, and wrote a weekly column titled “Kikay’s Ukay-ukay” in the Filipino Panorama, Kuwait Times (2009-2014). My poems and short stories appeared in Kuwait Philippines Cultural Centre (KPCC) Pag-usapan Po Natin monthly magazine, The Filipino Magazine in Kuwait (TFM), Ped Xing (KM Writers), The Haiku Foundation, The World of Haiku, and Best Poems Encyclopedia. I founded Pluma back in 2013 during one of the darkest days in my life. My first love is painting and I’m a vegan.
GAP Gutierrez (GAP)
I am currently employed as a nurse in Kuwait. I have never been a member of any writing group before Pluma but I once won 2nd place in an essay writing competition on my 4th grade, which is my highest achievement in writing so far. I have a small collection of books and graphic novels, and I believe that art will not really save mankind, but it will make our stay in this world worth its while. Furthermore, I do not like to talk about myself in third person.
Moiz Dahodwala (Moiz)
I am a business development associate at an IT firm, learning business and stuff. I do not see myself as an expat but more of a native because Kuwait has been beautifully welcoming for me. I was born in Vasai, which is in Mumbai, India. On the other hand, I have no favorite authors as I haven’t read any books at all in my life, can’t get past the first page. My dream job is head a company which makes actual difference to the current world. I believe my future in Kuwait is delightfully brilliant as I’ve amazing people around doing awesome things. Being a hyper socialite I wander a lot.
Mujel Hasan (Mujel)
Born on the 13th of June and currently working as a nurse, I love to read in my free time. I have had no firm background in Literature, however, I once served as Editorial Assistant in the college school organ. For me, any form of writing is an awakening. It’s a tool where everyone can discover and learn many valuable things. I believe that “the ultimate purpose of Literature is to empower the human mind to act rightly and judiciously with compassion, to pursue God’s path towards society’s lasting existence and redemption”.
Nabeel Philip Mohan (Nabeel)
Born and raised in Kuwait (with significant stints in Vancouver, London and India), I am best understood by what I dislike: nationalism, materialism, military and the contractors that support them. On the other hand, I enjoy the company of creative and passionate people, music, reading, tabletop RPGs and I am considered quite the extremist in the world of tea-drinking. My few proud achievements include coming up with most of the characters in the Kuwaiti Comic book series ‘The 99’, writing for The Kuwait Social Work Society blog (which brought Kuwait’s human rights abuses to the attention of the Human Right Watch), performing with eclectic rock outfit Wisdom in Disco in London, and meeting the very friendly Brent Spiner after growing up with the character of Data on Star Trek TNG. I currently teach music professionally and run an underground arts collective called Cowpat Studios as an alternative to the rising but elitist and profit-motivated expansion of the arts in Kuwait.
Tammy Sulit (Tammy)
A registered nurse, I graduated from Ateneo de Davao University in 2008. I started writing poems during my high school years where I was also the photojournalist of the school publication. In college, I became a member of the Literary Writers Guild. I am always fascinated with life’s beauty and mysteries, thus, making these as sources of my creative outputs. Aside from writing, I also love theater arts, visual arts, and dancing (which is so far my most honed talent). I have always been an active advocate of nurturing creativity. For me, an artist will always be an artist whatever medium one uses to create the craft. The creativity will subtly blend on the masterpieces molded. Presently, I am honing both my photography skills and writing skills here in Kuwait, being it as my new home, hoping that someday I will be able to share my quirkiness with the readers of Pluma.
Wilfred Waters (Wil)
I am from Australia and have been making maps for an environmental project in Kuwait since April 2013. When I was a kid growing up, everyone always told me I had talent as a writer. Of course this meant I spend the first 10 years of adulthood doing something completely unrelated, just to prove everyone wrong. Now, after a decade of bitter unhappiness and sorrow, the pen is again in hand and putting flame to paper.