Author’s Bio

Hello, my name is Iris Orpi. I also go by Iris Christine Orprecio (my birth name) and Iris Price (my married/immigrant name), but I like Iris Orpi best because it’s the name I gave myself. πŸ™‚

I have always had two passions, writing and mathematics. I took up Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mathematics and worked as member of the faculty at the University of the Philippines while writing for myself, living in the beautiful and serene campus and surrounded by passionate intellectuals for eight years.

After that, I moved to Makati and tried the corporate life, for two years holding a three-tier job at a technology company as technical writer, mathematical analyst and academic consultant, continuing to write inspired by the mixture of glamor and chaos of the Central Business District.

Now I live in colorful and exciting Chicago with my husband and son. I continuously push to improve myself as a writer by devouring books and indulging in the many culinary, artistic and cultural adventures the Windy City has to offer.

A Play on Words

The blog title “Rampant and Golden” was a phrase lifted from Nick Bantock’s novel Morning Star, Book 6 in the Griffin and Sabine series.
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Published Works:

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Postpartum (poem)
– The Perch Magazine, Yale University School of Medicine, Program for Recovery and Community Health (New Haven, CT), Fall 2017

The Choice to Remain in Disrepair (poem)
Soul Arson (poem)
– Memoryhouse Magazine, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Fall 2017

Remembering (poem)
The Soul’s Changing of the Guards (poem)
– Advaitam Speaks Literary Journal (New Delhi, India), October 2017

Ars Amatoria and Passion Tea (poem)
– Best Emerging Poets in Illinois, Z Publishing (Racine, WI), August 2017

A Skillet of Suns and Oceans (poem)
– Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, Belt Publishing (Chicago, IL), August 2017

Chance, and the Trajectory of Light (poem)
– Creu Publication (Cardiff, Wales, UK), August 2017

The Physics of Shadows (poem)
Springtime in the South Side (poem)
Rain Hypnosis (poem)
The Nautical Miles to Home (poem)
A View of the Sun from Underwater (poem)
Abstract Sky in #8f3d4b (poem)
At the Seams (poem)
Nimbus Theater (poem)
Broken Mirror (poem)
– Rigorous Magazine (New Orleans, LA), July2017

Day 41 (poem)
– The Paragon Journal (Middleton, PA), July 2017

Estranged Children of Storms (poem)
What the Moon Promised the Firelight (poem)
Asymmetrical Hummingbird (poem)
Broken Alabaster (poem)
– Anapest Journal (Staunton, VA), July 2017

Exponents and Ephemera (poem)
– Crue Publication (Cardiff, Wales, UK), July 2017

Beacon (poem)
– Advaitam Speaks Literary Journal (New Delhi, India), July 2017

Retiring the Geisha (poem)
Why Poets Need to Travel (poem)
Watching Ships (poem)
The Last Rendezvous (poem)
Turning Stones at Low Tide (poem)
– The Blue Nib Literary Magazine (Waterford, Ireland), July 2017

Mizuage (ζ°΄ζšγ’) (poem)
Still Life, Charcoal (poem)
No Help in Sight for 33 Miles (poem)
Sacred Message, Rough Translation (poem)
Beacon (poem)
– The Blue Nib Literary Magazine (Waterford, Ireland), June 2017

Signed, Lois Lane (poem)
– The Good Men Project (Pasadena, CA), June 2017

The Prosaic Rorschach (poem)
– The Corvus Review (Milwaukee, WI), Spring/Summer 2017

Slow Dancing with San Francisco (poem)
– Spillwords Press (GdΓ‘nsk, Pomerania, Poland), May 2017

The Past Lives of Stars (poem)
– Journal of Modern Poetry 20: The Poetry Writer’s Guide to the Galaxy, Chicago Poetry Press (Chicago, IL), Spring 2017

Chaste Octaves (poem)
PS. Now Look at the Stars (poem)
– Spillwords Press (GdΓ‘nsk, Pomerania, Poland), April 2017

Ballast (poem)
Equinox (poem)
Salt and Aquamarine (poem)
Tricks of Transcendence (poem)
Bequests from the Departed Light (poem)
– Forever Journal, Poetic Matrix Press (Madera, CA), January 2017

A Trail of Ash from Sitio Han-ayan (poem)
16 Silences (poem)
– Journal of Modern Poetry 19: Poetry of Protest, Chicago Poetry Press (Chicago, IL), Spring 2016

Though my Shield is Cracked and my Armor Sundered (poem)
– The Voices Project (Denver, CO), September 2016

Among the City’s Bright Lights (poem)
– The Voices Project (Denver, CO), May 2016

Sleepwalking on Session Road (poem)
– Zau Literary Magazine (Karachi, Pakistan), March 2016

Hers (poem)
Passion by Mandelbrot (poem)
Love me Vintage (poem)
A Walk on Pont des Arts (poem)
Before Mythology Gave them Names (poem)
– The Philippines Graphic Magazine (Manila), 2016

Memories of Station One (poem)
The Crossover to Miniloc Island (poem)
At the Corner of Maria Clara and Dimasalang (poem)
Life Metaphors on the 6 a.m. Train (poem)
– Anak Sastra: Stories for Southeast Asia (Indonesia), July 2015

The Evening Summer and I Traded Places (poem)
– Off the Coast, Resolute Bear Press (Robbinston, ME), Spring 2015

Skinny Dipping in Cassiopeia (poem)
– Journal of Modern Poetry 18: The Official Poets’ Guide to Peace, Chicago Poetry Press (Chicago, IL), Spring 2015

A Trade for your Album of Selfies (poem)
– S/tick: Feminists on Guard (Alberta, Canada), April 2015

Six-Lane Catwalk (poem)
– Journal of Modern Poetry 17, Chicago Poetry Press (Chicago, IL), Spring 2014
– Honorable Mention, Contemporary American Poetry Prize 2014

The Decryption Key Can’t Be Used Twice (poem)
Details that the Light might have Missed (poem)
– Kalyani Magazine (Brooklyn, NY), Spring 2014

Ardent Streetscape (poem)
– the Make It Makati campaign, March 2012

On a Night Like This (poem)
Natural Death (poem)
Lunar Eclipse (poem)
– Take It To The Street Poetry Magazine (Tampa, FL), February 2012

Let Yourself Go (poem)
Poison and Daggers (poem)
La Bella Figura (poem)
– Decanto Magazine, Masque Publishing (Littlehampton, England), August 2011

Mind Sex (poem)
– Poetic License at Morning Erection (Indianapolis, IN), June 2011

2nd through 11th (poem)
– Mad Swirl Poetry Forum (Dallas, TX), March 2011

I Found You (poem)
– Decanto Magazine, Masque Publishing (Littlehampton, England), February 2011

So (poem)
– Poetic License at Morning Erection (Indianapolis, IN), January 2011

How Long I Loved You (poem)
– E.Ratio Postmodern Poetry (New York, NY), January 2011

Curiosity for Destruction (poem)
Sometimes Silence (poem)
– The Exercise Bowler Literary Review (Sarasota, FL), December 2010

Fearless (poem)
– Mad Swirl Poetry Forum (Dallas, TX), October 2010
– Haggard and Halloo Publications (Austin, TX), October 2010

Use Me (poem)
– Honoring Poetic Society Magazine (Houston, TX), September 2010

Letter to a Graduating Student (essay)
– Peyups (Manila), April 2008

To the Anti Online Dating Columnist: A Retaliation (essay)
– Peyups (Manila), 2005

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (essay)
– Peyups (Manila), 2005

Jessica Zafra VS Bob Ong: Ang Sarcastic Intellectual at ang Batang Kalye (essay)
– Peyups (Manila), 2004

Things that Lovers Do (essay)
– Peyups (Manila), 2003

Queer Culture Shock: On Gay Men in the Teaching Profession (essay)
– Peyups (Manila), 2003

Star-Strangled
– Peyups (Manila), 2002

Poison Kills from Within: On the Indifference of the Filipino (essay)
-Peyups (Manila), 2002

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Books:

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Beautiful Fever (compiled poems)
– Streetscape Publishing, Inc., September 2012

Cognac for the Soul (compiled poems)
– Streetscape Publishing, Inc., September 2012

The Espresso Effect (novel)
– Data Access Publishing of Manila and Bo’s Coffee, Inc., September 2010

181 Dreams: Heart, Hope and Healing (collected biographies)
– First Gentleman Foundation, Inc.,Β May 2010

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All the poems that appear on this blog are linked and arranged chronologically here.

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57 thoughts on “Author’s Bio”

  1. Hello Iris. It’s been a long time! I just wanted to let you know that the June Poetic License is finally here and your poem Mind Sex will be featured tomorrow.

    You know I appreciate all the poetry and time you have put into making my blog better. I appreciate you allowing me to feature it.

  2. Just looking through your blog. wonderful sense of love and sensuality ❀

  3. writing and math. i hear that as so refreshingly different
    in the best of ways as a well deserved relief for the few double majors who trudged 3 blocks between the english lit and math buildings.

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the follow

  5. Thanks for visiting and following my blog; yours is lovely :). All the best for the new year!

  6. Sexy combinations! Been ages since I worked in Makati (or visited the country, for that matter) Thanks so much for the follow! That I shall follow you back with peasure goes without saying…I like to keep finger on the pulse of intellectual life back home πŸ˜‰ I went (briefly) to U.P, too..OMG eons ago. “Malikhaing Panunulat,” of all things. Enjoying your writing so much.

    • OMG wow! So cool (about Makati and UP and Malikhaing Pagsulat). Honored that you’re following my blog. Cheers!

      • Are you kidding? Finding your blog is the highlight of my blogging life. πŸ˜‰ I adore poetry, though don’t write it myself, you are by far the superior writer, I spent most of my university years skipping class to explore sex instead. Heh. Destined for mediocrity, I guess. I love, love love your poems. At first I thought “Oh dear, love poems, what now?” and steeled myself to read a bit of doggerel. Shame on me. You are wonderful, I am green with envy, I will really really enjoy reading your blog. Happy day, to have met you.

      • Again, thank you. I am also a big fan of crafts but never got as good as you. I was goggle-eyed clicking around your blog. So life is still fair. Haha! See you around the blogosphere! πŸ˜‰ Stay blessed.

  7. Hi Iris. πŸ™‚ Your poetry is so beautiful. I came from UP too, 1992 Law. I am glad to meet you and I wish you the best with the new life you are embarking on. πŸ™‚

  8. You write beautifully Iris. Look forward to reading more πŸ™‚ And best of luck on your new adventure.

  9. Hello Iris, thanks for dropping by my blog. I’ve clicked your like button too. Your writings are awesome. I enjoyed your pocket poems the most! Looking forward for more. All the best for you!

    PS.
    I’m not from UP but we’re from the same country! πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks for following my blog. It’s a pleasure to come across another person who loves math and writing.

  11. over 20 years ago
    my wife
    took a drawing class
    from
    nick bantock

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. any advice for a poet such as me who wants to publish my poems….great blog and poems πŸ™‚

    • No other way but to submit, submit, submit! My personal quota was to submit to ten magazines per weekend. So I got to submit 40-50 a month, and got rejected most of the time. But once every 50 submissions or so, I’d get a positive answer. I stopped submitting after I published my books September last year, but now I have written enough new poems so I’m about to take up the 10-magazines-per-weekend habit again. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the compliment and best of luck to you.

  13. lawsonsotherdog said:

    well, its nice to be on a writers site and someone with such infectious enjoyment

    • “Infectious enjoyment” sounds awesome and yeah, I would say, so me. Thank you for checking out my work.

      As I’ve written in your blog, let’s keep pushing, and pushing each other. πŸ™‚ It’s a long road but it’s hella fun to walk if you have the right attitude. πŸ˜‰

      • lawsonsotherdog said:

        writing is lonely, writing is freedom, writing is dangerous, writing is fun, and if in some place we can touch another with a word or words then writing can be beautifully moving, writing can change a persons life. I remember Zorba when asked why should I take you with me’? in reference to Zorba going to Crete. Zorba replied, Boss, take me with you, why does there always have to be a why!! In other words ‘Live’.

      • Amen!

        “And it was at that age … Poetry arrived / in search of me.” – Pablo Neruda.

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      • lawsonsotherdog said:

        Ah Neruda, man that dude was great!!

  14. I nominated you for a Liebster Award! You may not know what it is (I didn’t know either before I was nominated!), so you can check out my link about it if you want. I’ll post it here. Thanks for being an awesome fellow blogger! http://missyspublicjunk.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/liebster-award/

  15. What wonderful passions you have and lovely talent as a result! I look forward to reading your work.

  16. Hi, I enjoyed reading your blog and really appreciated the very nice comment you left for my poem ‘Songs’ on my site . . . Thanks, and Blessings . . .
    Peter

  17. Wow! You are very accomplished and a very good writer! Thank you for the kind words on my short poem. I really like your blog too! I’m loving the Santorini picture!

    • Thank you very much. I wouldn’t really consider myself accomplished (yet); I’m still trying to find my way. But I’m glad you enjoyed a quick tour of my blog.

      And yes, that Santorini image inspires me. I change headers and color schemes every year or so. πŸ˜‰

      • Well, you’re more accomplished than I am! All I have to show are a couple hundred views on my videos and one documentary interview/video… but that only means I must work harder! >:D

      • Our work is never done. But isn’t that part of the beauty of it. πŸ˜‰

        Let’s keep pushing!

  18. Stephen Kolter said:

    Iris, I’ve been perusing your blog and am spellbound by your work! I can’t wait to read more! Your images and musical flow of language are perfect and engaging.

    • Wow. A great big THANK YOU for what you just said. It is always inspiring to receive encouraging words about my work.

      We bloggers should keep pushing up one another.

      Happy New Year!

  19. Beautiful writing here. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. πŸ™‚

  20. Be inspired!

  21. Your blog is very nice, and something that you should be very proud of. I lived in the Philippines in 1970-71; your people were very lovely. Please be blessed, in the Name Of Jesus.

  22. All your writing are nice to read.. keep up the great work..!

  23. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I found it very inspiring and rewarding as I’m a rather new writer and value such constructive feedback. I am more than impressed by your blog, writing, and accomplishments, as well. Keep up such great work, and best wishes for 2017.

    • No problem! And thank you for the kindness and the best wishes. Here’s to a better relationship with expression, for both of us, in the coming year. πŸ™‚

  24. Ok, so who do I have to kill and/or sleep with to get a signed copy of your book? πŸ™‚

    • Haha! If it’s the same person, would you sleep with them before you kill them, or does the order matter?

      That’s not really the kind of joke I usually make.

      Anyhoo, if you order via Amazon then give me a heads up (either here or to my email, holygrailofmath@yahoo.com), I’ll make sure your purchased copy is signed. Also, let me know to whom I should address the message.

  25. Finding a wonderful new poet is like finding a new wildflower out in the woods … glad I went walking today

  26. Hi! Thanks a lot for joining Thoughts of SheryL!
    Awesome blog! πŸ™‚

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