Interview Series – Karlo Silverio Sevilla

Hello! I’m Karlo Sevilla and I write and writhe in Quezon City, Philippines. And I love poetry, a mainly non-profit endeavor. 

When / why did you start writing poetry? – answers in adjectives

Inspired, despaired, disturbed, pensive, (perhaps) broken.

How do you write a poem? – answer in five verbs.

Perceive, contemplate, feel, type, google, review.

What is your definition of what experimental poetry is?

Whatever kind of poetry that I find rather unconventional and is claimed by its poet as experimental. (I always give any poet the benefit of the doubt.)

Have you done many interviews before? Do you find them repetitive? Repetitive? Repetitive?

Yes, I’ve done many interviews. I’d say that 80% of the questions of each interview are unique, and 20% are repetitive.

What’s a favorite snack you like when poet-ing?

Peanut butter sandwich with coffee.

What are you kinda obsessed by?

I’m obsessed with something I don’t practice: saintliness.

Do you tell your social circle about your poet-ing?

No, but I guess they can tell by my social media posts . . .

How do you rebel?

Now at 46 years old, I just clam up.

Tell me a literary / science fact or joke, please.

Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, the two most prominent national heroes of my country who lived and died during the last decades of Spanish rule in the Philippines, were poets.

What’s your fav colour, poet, snack. (this is your pen name!)

Green Charles Jamaican Patty.

My bio:

Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author the full-length poetry collection, “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018), and two chapbooks. Twice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems appear or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, Philippines Free Press, Small Orange, DIAGRAM, Eclectica, Radius, Matter, Better Than Starbucks, Black Bough Poetry, and elsewhere. And here are the links to my personal blog:, Twitter handle:, and Instagram account: