Anna Isabelle D. Cabe

Field of Study / Research: Research Topic: Balete Drive: A Fictional Exploration of Marcos-Era Philippines

Program: Fulbright - American Program - Students


Philippine Affiliation: Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices, Ateneo de Manila University; Likhaan, University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing

U.S. Affiliation: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Anna Cabe is a Pinay-American writer from Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English literature-creative writing from Agnes Scott College in 2013 where, among other honors, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta.

From 2013 to 2014, Anna was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Palembang, Indonesia.

She most recently earned an MFA in fiction from Indiana University-Bloomington in May 2018, where she taught creative writing and composition, served as a student representative for the MFA program, and worked as the web and nonfiction editor for Indiana Review, Indiana University’s nationally recognized literary journal. She also received such honors as the Earle J. S. Ho Award for Excellence in Teaching Creative Writing.

Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in such venues as Bitch Media, The Toast, Joyland, SmokeLong Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Cleaver, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn and have been anthologized in Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South (Bottom Dog Press, 2017) and Not My President (Thoughtcrime Press, 2018). She was supported by The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing in June 2018. Anna was a 2015 Kore Press Short Fiction Award semifinalist, a finalist for Midwestern Gothic's Summer 2016 Flash Fiction Series, and a finalist for the 2015 Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers.
Fulbright Research
Anna will use her tenure as a 2018-2019 Fulbright Fellow in the Philippines to complete another draft of her novel-in-progress, tentatively titled Balete Drive, which primarily takes place in 1970’s Manila under the Marcos regime. Afterwards, she intends to matriculate at a PhD program to continue her studies in creative writing, English literature, and Asian-American studies while she submits her completed novel to agents for publication. You can learn more about Anna at her website,