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    Eric Gamalinda’s work includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays, visual art and experimental film, and he explores ways to merge these disciplines into new and unique art forms. He has won the Asian American Literary Award for his book of poems, Zero Gravity; other awards include the Man Asian Prize shortlist, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Independent Film and Video Awards, the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize, and the Philippine National Book Award. He has also won the Philippines’ top literary prize, the Palanca Memorial Awards, several times for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and playwriting. In 2010, his three-act play, Resurrection, was staged off-Broadway at the Clurman Theater on 42nd Street by Diverse City Inc. A collection of stories, People Are Strange, was recently released by Black Lawrence Press.

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Deep Splendor


Deep Splendor: The Way of the Bodhisattva is an interactive, multi-venue exhibit of “QRoems” (pronounced “chromes”)—a combination poem and QR code—by the artist Eric Gamalinda. A marriage of poetry, visual art, and social media, Deep Splendor presents ten QRoems at different locations in the city for a journey based on the ten chapters of The Way of the Bodhisattva, the Eighth Century Buddhist text on how to live in harmony with the world. The exhibit uses the typically commercial format of the QR code to serve art and to spread a humanizing message.

Equipped with your smart phone, begin your journey at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center in the Lower East Side (107 Suffolk Street at Rivington. Subways: F to Delancey St; J/M/Z to Essex St). Scan, read, and reflect upon the first few QRoems, then pick up a map with directions to the other locations across the city. As you visit the different stations, think about the message in each QRoem in relation to where you are—both physically and emotionally. The completed series form an abridged and poetic version of the ancient text. Share your downloaded QRoems by email with family and friends and invite them to go on their own Way of the Bodhisattva.