Jose Wendell P. Capili

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PhD Literature, Screen and Theater Studies at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, 2009
MPhil Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 1996
Diploma (Japanese Language, Culture and Affairs), University of Tokyo, 1994
MA Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman, 1993
BA Journalism, University of Santo Tomas, 1988

Jose Wendell Capili


Jose Wendell P. Capili obtained degrees from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), University of the Philippines (UP) , The University of Tokyo, The University of Cambridge and The Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (now School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific) of The Australian National University (ANU), where he earned his PhD.

He is Professor of English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), UP Diliman (UPD) and Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs (May 2009-present), University of the Philippines System.

Previously, he was Program Development Associate to the UP Diliman Chancellor (1997-1999, 1999-2001); UP CAL Associate Dean for Administration and Development (2000-2003, 2003-2004), Associate Dean for Research, Creative Works and Publications (April-May 2007), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (June 2007-July 2009); Director, UP System Information Office (May 2009-February 2011), Director, UP System Office of Alumni Relations (February 2011-February 2017; January 2018-January 2019) and Officer in Charge, UP System Information Office/UP Media and Public Relations Office (February-June 2017).

He was a recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature (Essay, 1996), the Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for Literature (Poetry, 1993), the UP International Publication Award (2001), the UP Diliman Gawad Chancellor (1998), the UP System Outstanding Student Artist Award (1989), the UP System Creative Writing Grant (2003-2004), the UP Carlos P. Romulo Professorial Chair (1998-1999, 2000-2001), the UP Centennial Professorial Chair (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2016-2017), and the One UP Professorial Chair for Teaching and Research (2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022) as well as scholarships, grants and fellowships from the Arts NSW/Sydney Writers Festival (2007, 2008), The Cambridge Trust (1995-1996), British Council (2000, 2001), The Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho)/University of Tokyo (1993-1995), The University of Hawai'i at Hilo (2017, 2019), The University of Hong Kong/Standard Chartered Bank (2000), Korea Foundation/Seoul National University/Yonsei University (1995), Asia-Europe Institute (2003) and Cultural Centre (2003) of The University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM, 2012), Silliman University (1989, 2017), University of Kyoto (2012), Waseda University (1997), UP (1990, 2004-2007) and ANU (2004-2007) in the fields of creative writing, literature, social anthropology and (Pacific and Asian) history.

His books are: A Madness of Birds (poetry, University of the Philippines Press, 1998); Bloom and Memory (essays, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2002), Mabuhay to Beauty! (pop culture, Milflores Publishing, 2003), From the Editors: Migrant Communities and Emerging Australian Community (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 2007) and Salu-Salo: In Conversation with Filipinos (with John Cheeseman, Blacktown and Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia: Blacktown Arts Centre and Casula Powerhouse, 2008). With John Jack Wigley, he translated and edited Lupito and the Circus Village (written by Rowald Almazar, artworks by Jose Santos III, Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2008).

Migrations and Mediations: The Emergence of Southeast Asian Diaspora Writers in Australia (1972-2007), his seventh book, was launched by the University of the Philippines Press on 27 May 2016. On 2 December 2017, the book garnered the 36th Philippine National Book Award for Literary History/Literary Criticism from the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board (NBDB). His poems, reviews, creative/critical essays, newspaper articles and academic papers were published in Australia, Austria, China, England, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States, including The Achieve Of, The Mastery: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, mid-'90s to 2016 (UP Press, 2018), Anagram (Johns Hopkins University), Ani (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, At Home in Unhomeliness: The Philippine PEN Anthology of Postcolonial Poetry in English (The Philippine PEN Poetry Anthology 2007), Budhi (Ateneo de Manila), Bulawan (National Commission on Culture and the Arts), Business Mirror, Caracoa, Carillon, Diliman Review, Dyaryo Filipino, Evening Paper, Filipino Magazin, Flame, Flippin' (New York: Asian-America Writers' Workshop, 1996), A Habit of Shores (UP Press, 1998), Korea Times, HanPil (Occasional Papers on Korean and Philippine Studies), Korea Herald, Likhaan Anthology of Poetry and Fiction, Literary Review (Farleigh Dickinson University), Look Japan, Love Gathers All (Singapore), Mabuhay (Philippine Air Lines), Manila Bulletin, Manila Chronicle, Mantala, Mirror, National Midweek, 100 Love Poems: Philippine Love Poetry since 1905 (UP Press, 2004), Philippine Collegian, Philippine Daily Globe, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, Philippine Panorama, Philippine Studies (Ateneo de Manila), Poet's Voice (University of Graz, Austria), Sa Madaling Salita (UP Diliman SWF, 2019), Sands and Coral (Silliman University), Sansiglong Mahigit ng Makabagong Tula sa Filipinas (One Hundred Years of Modernist Poetry in the Philippines, Anvil, 2006), Sarilaysay: Danas at Dalumat ng Lalaking Manunulat sa Filipino (UP Press, 2004), Second Genesis (India), Social Science Diliman, Solidarity (Southeast Asian Magazine of Ideas, Culture and the Arts), Southeast Asian Review of English (Malaysia), Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Tomas, Varsitarian, Varsity (University of Cambridge), Westerly (University of Western Australia), World Poetry Yearbook (China), and the PEN International Poetry Anthology (Japan PEN).

He was interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CCTV (China), Channel NewsAsia (Singapore), Agencia EFE (Spain), (Spain), El Pais (Spain), SBS (Australia), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), The Strait Times (Singapore), Telemundo (Latin America) and Voice TV (Thailand), for his insights on creative writing, higher education, literature, migration and popular culture.

In 2005, Capili was a visiting scholar at The National University of Singapore, The University of Sydney, The University of Western Australia, The University of Melbourne, and The University of Queensland. His poems and critical essays were read and featured in several conferences and festivals, including the Cambridge Seminar on the Contemporary Writer, organized by the British Council at Downing College, University of Cambridge, the inaugural Hong Kong International Literary Festival at the Fringe Club and the University of Hong Kong (2001), the 2007 & 2008 Sydney Writers' Festival at Blacktown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse, and Liverpool Regional Museum, the 76th PEN International Congress at Keio Plaza Hotel, Japan P.E.N. Club, Waseda University (Tokyo, 2010), and the First International Conference on Multicultural Filipino Studies in Hawai'i (2017), where he was the Keynote Speaker. He also delivered the Keynote Address at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Humanities International Conference (UHHHIC, 2019).

Administrative Positions

Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of the Office of Alumni Relations, UP System (2011-present)

Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of the Information Office, UP System (2009-2011)

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UP College of Arts and Letters (2007-2009]

Associate Dean for Research, Creative Works and Publications, , UP College of Arts and Letters (April-May 2007)

UP CAL Associate Dean for Administration and Development,, UP College of Arts and Letters (2000-2003, 2003-2004)

Program Development Associate to the UP Diliman Chancellor (1997-1999, 1999-2001)

Courses handled

College of Arts and Letters (CAL)


CW 400 Doctoral Dissertation

CW 340 Creative Nonfiction I

CW 341 Creative Nonfiction II

CW 300 Master's Thesis

CW 240 Creative Nonfiction I

CW 241 Creative Nonfiction II

CL 400 Doctoral Dissertation

CL 350 Seminar: Philippine Literatures In English

CL 300 Master's Thesis

CL 250 Philippine Literatures in English I

CL 298 Directed Readings: Literatures from the Diaspora (Japan, Australia, United States)


CL 200 Undergraduate Thesis

CL 150 The Literature of the Philippines in English I

CL 145 The Literature of Japan

CL 121 Critical Approaches to Literature I

CL 100 Introduction to Comparative Literature

CL 50 Survey of Philippine Literature in English

CW 200 Undergraduate Thesis

CW 198 Special Problems (Creative Writing and Popular Culture)

CW 140 Creative Nonfiction I

CW 141 Creative Nonfiction II

CW 120 Poetry I

CW 121 Poetry II

CW 100 Introduction to Creative Writing

CW 10 Creative Writing for Beginners

Comm I Communication Skills I

Comm II Communication Skills II (Types of Academic Discourse)

Hum 1 (English) Literature, Society & the Individual

Hum 1 (Filipino) Tao, Panitikan at Lipunan

Center for International Studies (CIS)


Japan Studies 101 Japanese Culture And Society I

Japan Studies 100 An Overview Of Contemporary Japanese Culture And Society

SEA 30 Asian Emporiums: Networks of Culture & Trade in Southeast Asia

College of Science (CS)


STS Science, Technology and Society

Asian Center / Tri-College Philippine Studies Program


PS 400 Doctoral Dissertation




A Madness of Birds, (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1998)


Bloom and Memory, (Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2002)

Popular culture

(as editor) Mabuhay to Beauty!, (Quezon City: Milflores Publishing, 2003)


(as editor) From the Editors: Migrant Communities and Emerging Australian Literature, (Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia: Casula Powerhouse, 2007)

(as co-editor, with John Cheeseman) Salu-Salo: In Conversation with Filipinos, (Blacktown and Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia: Blacktown Arts Centre and Casula Powerhouse, 2008)


(translated and edited with John Jack Wigley) Lupito and the Circus Village (translation of Si Lupito at ang Barrio Sirkero written by Rowald Almazar, artworks by Jose Santos III), (Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2008)

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