Outsourced! (A Small Collection of Monostichs From an Entry-Level BPO Company Worker in Our Third World– Er, Developing– Country)

From the Author

The poems were drawn from my experiences as an employee for a BPO company from April 2017 to December 2020 — and they express a strong working class bias. I dedicate this collection to Filipino BPO workers in particular.

Karlo Sevilla is the author of two poetry collections: “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018) and “You” (Origami Poems Project, 2017). Recognized among The Best of Kitaab 2018 and twice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems were first published in Philippines Free Press in 1998, then in Philippines Graphic in 2015. Hence, he has over 200 poems published in various literary magazines, anthologies, and other platforms worldwide. In 2018, he won the Readers’ Choice award at the annual Human Rights Online Philippines’ 8th HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards and third place in Tanggol Wika’s DALITEXT poetry contest. 

Strange Intimacies

From the Author

For four months, I worked on my zine/chapbook, Strange Intimacies: Essays on Dressing Up and Consumption together with my illustrator Beyza Durmus and layout artist Roma Calderon. The three essays within this chapbook were all written during quarantine, at a time of great loneliness that’s made me feel both manic and morose. I’ve cleaved harder to certain habits, modes of being, and thinking that function as salves to my soul. Here you will find musings on pre-loved clothes, the comfort I glean from the studied language of intimacy in brand emails, and my attempt in defining the concept of ‘space’ as a creative and dreamer in my early 20s.

Zea Asis is a 23-year old writer based in Manila where she works full-time for an Australian design start-up writing and editing copy for digital greeting cards and videos. The first platform that published her personal essays was the online zine The Nearness Project, founded by contributors of former Rookie Magazine. You can check out more of her work at www.zeaasis.net

January 2021 Issue

From the Author

“Ibinabahagi ko ang una sa labindalawang photozine na binabalak mabuo ngayong taon. Ito ay personal na proyekto. Ito ang mga imaheng produkto ng walang sawa naming pagniniig ng aking kamera. Sana’y mahanap mo ang totoong kulay ng mga larawang ito. Maraming salamat.”

Si Reynand ay kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho bilang Market Inspector sa bayan ng Mapandan. Isa sa mga manunulat ng Rebo Press. Aktibong miyembro ng KADLiT: Katipunan ng Alternatibong Dibuho, Liriko, at Titik. Mahilig siya sa leeg ng manok. Umiiwas sa softdrinks pero mahal na mahal niya ang Pilsen. Makikita mo siya sa mga guwang ng siyudad, nag-aabang na maikahon sa larawan ang inilalatag na sining ng mundo.

Postmodern Musings

Postmodern Musings’ official cover.

From the Author

Postmodern Musings are simply that—a collection of random thoughts that took different literary forms of varying perceived realities. I write about things that capture my curiosity, so all the pieces here are about things I find interesting. I don’t believe in rules or formal structures in writing—but musings are, after all, disorganized trains of thought.

Jay-ar Paloma is an HR executive by day and a frustrated artist by night. He has extensive background in campus journalism as an editor-in-chief in elementary and high school as well as a contributor in his college days in UP Diliman. Currently an editor at Vox Populi PH, he likes to read and write fiction and opinion pieces relating to LGBTQ, social media, and culture. When not engrossed in a book, he is probably playing a tune on his guitar or keyboard.


Nostos’ official cover.

From the Author

“This zine is a small collection of poems written from the perspective of desire, yearning, and nostalgia. These are fragments of stranded intimacies, a collection of words we never got to say, and how we design ourselves to be vulnerable and how we prepare for the inevitable.”

Gari Vinluan is an advertising professional. He graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and Sociology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is currently finishing stories for a chapbook to be released sometime this year, hopefully.


From the Author

Pulso was my first printed zine (I had self-published a novel in 2016), and if I remember correctly, we turned this out just in time for the Book Fiesta of 2018. My second chapbook followed soon after—Otopsiya. This zine was memorable for me because previously I had previously worked alone, without a group. While the struggles of indie are real, I’ll probably never stop publishing and moving against the tide. That’s just how it is.”

Marius Carlos, Jr. is a storyteller, essayist, and journalist. He is the current editor-in-chief of Revolt Magazine. He is also the English editor of Rebo Press Book Publishing. He is an independent researcher focused on transnational capitalism, neocolonialism, empire, and pop culture. You can reach him via social media at Minds and MeWe.