José García Villa (1908-1997) grew up in Manila, and as a teenager began to receive attention – both positive and negative – for his poetry. He moved to the United States in 1930 and enrolled at the University of New Mexico, where he founded the literary magazine, Clay, and began to write short stories. He turned back to poetry by the 1940s, playing with formalism, and developed “reversed consonance” and “comma poems,” poetic techniques that drew both contention and critical praise. He worked briefly at the New Directions Publishing Corporation, and beginning in the 1950s, taught and lectured in New York, where he lived until his death. Villa left a large body of work, and is credited with establishing modern writing in English in the Philippines.
Houghton has recently acquired the papers and a collection of the works of Villa, which can be perused on HOLLIS. Pictured to the left is Villa’s first collection of stories, Footnote to Youth, published in 1933.
PR9550.9.V48 F66 1933. José García Villa, Footnote to Youth. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1933. Image may not be reproduced without permission.
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