​“I wanted to find the stories that connected me to my nation’s indigenous heritage.”

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipino science fiction writer living in the Netherlands and winner of the Octavia E. Butler award for ‘change-the-world’ science fiction.

​Loenen-Ruiz comes from the mountainous regions of the Philippines, where the original culture has not been completely eradicated. The Spaniards only colonized the lowlands, and the Americans have merely made attempts at ‘civilizing’ the mountains.

On February 1 The American Book Center is organizing a workshop with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz!