Manila conference participants
Participants at APWT’s 2015 Manila conference, ‘Against the Grain’.
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Gémino H. Abad, University Professor Emeritus of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines (UP), is a poet, fictionist, literary critic and historian, with many honors and awards. He obtained his PhD in English at the University of Chicago in 1970, and continues to teach at UP where he has served as Director of the UP Creative Writing Center (now an Institute).
Heidi Emily Eusebio-Abad is an Associate Professor at the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines, Diliman. She handles workshops on writing for children and young adults. Among her books for children are Abot Mo Ba ang Tainga Mo?(Can You Reach Your Ear?), Ball of Wax, Magnificent Pearl, Colorless Rainbow, Polliwog’s Wiggle, The Grease Man, and Faye, the Always Angel. She also wrote four stories in the HSBC-commissioned storybook, Of Jars and Weaves, Terraces and Beads: Icons of Our Living Culture. She has a Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) Award for Children’s Books and a Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Poetry for Children.
Joachim Emilio B. Antonio is an Assistant Professor in the University of Asia and the Pacific. He received his PhD in Creative Writing from University of the Philippines Diliman and has since been devoting his time writing plays for Young Adults, giving writing workshops to aspiring writers, and providing guidance to local university theatre groups. To date, he has two children's books published, Ang Ampalaya sa Pinggan ni Peepo and Sa Tapat ng Tindahan ni Mang Teban. He also has six Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, four of which are plays for young adults. In 2014, his play, "Death in Ten Minutes" won him the Best Playwright and Best Over-All Production in the very first Short + Sweet Manila Theatre Festival.
Therese Padilla Abonales was a fellow at the UP National Writers Workshop and the Iligan National Writers Workshop in the Philippines. Her short stories were published in literary journals in her home country. She is currently teaching at Jimei University in China.
Rebecca Arcega's works in both Filipino and English have been published in Philippine magazines. She was a University of the Philippines National Writing Workshop fellow in 1997, and a second place winner at the Screenplay Division of the 2001 Palanca Awards. A story she wrote appears in the anthology The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010. At the moment she is working on a collection of short fantasy pieces on Wattpad titled Reasons to Hate the Commute. She is employed at Cyberstream Philippines, Inc., where she manages a team of translators working from the Philippines.
Genevieve L. Asenjo, poet and novelist writes in three major Philippine languages. Her latest poetry book is Sa Gihapon, Palangga, ang Uran/Always, Beloved, the Rain (Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2014). Her first novel Lumbay ng Dila (The Melancholy of the Tongue) won the 2010 National Book Award. She was a Writing Fellow in the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa in 2012. She teaches at De La Salle University, Manila.
Mida Azada has written two poetry collections: A Roomful of Waiting (2007) and Cataclysmal: Seventy Wasted Poems (2014). She studied Anglo-American Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and now teaches Freshman English at Diliman’s College of Arts and Letters. In 2009, Mida won a competitive grant to do doctoral research at Roehampton University, and is also in search of PhD-level supervision at Asian-Pacific universities as she completes her dissertation. After 13 years of living in Hong Kong and London combined, Mida is happy to be home in the Philippines.
Isabela Banzon is the author of three poetry collections and a coeditor of An Anthology of Southeast Asian Writing in English (Singapore). She has read her poems in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain and the USA. She teaches and heads the Creative Writing program at the University of the Philippines and is an Associate for Poetry at its Institute of Creative Writing.
Ronald Baytan is Associate Professor of Literature at De La Salle University-Manila where he teaches creative writing, Philippine literature, and queer studies. He is also the Associate for Literary Studies of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center. He received his Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2003. He is the author of The Queen Sings the Blues: Poems (Anvil, 2007) and The Queen Lives Alone: Personal Essays (UP Press, 2012).
Merlinda Bobis is an award-winning Filipino-Australian writer, performer, and academic. She has published four novels, a collection of short stories, five poetry books, a monograph on creative research, and scholarly essays on creative-critical production, migration, postcolonial writing and the transnational imaginary. Her awards include a Philippine National Book Award for her third novel Fish-Hair Woman; the Prix Italia, the Australian Writers’ Guild Award, and the Ian Reed Prize for her radio play Rita’s Lullaby; the Steele Rudd Award for the Best Published Collection of Australian Short Stories, a Philippine National Book Award, and the Judges’ Choice Award (Seattle Arts Festival) for White Turtle / The Kissing (US title); the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature for her poetry; and the Philippine Balagtas Award, a lifetime award for her fiction and poetry in English, Filipino and Bikol. Her poetry book Summer Was a Fast Train Without Terminals was short-listed for The Age Poetry Book Award, and her novel Banana Heart Summer, for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. She has performed her plays as one-woman shows in the Philippines, Australia, US, Canada, Spain, Singapore, France, and China. She teaches Creative Writing at University of Wollongong, Australia. The Philippine edition (Anvil) of her latest novel Locust Girl. A Lovesong (Spinifex 2015) will be launched at the APWT 2015 conference.
Karina A. Bolasco is Publishing Manager and Assistant General Manager of Anvil, a sister company of National Book Store, which she grew into a prestigious publishing house in the Philippines. Anvil has been cited Publisher of the Year eleven times and close to 200 of its titles have been given the National Book Award in different categories by the Manila Critics Circle. She hopes to one day finally write her own books on both the publishing industry and the publishing life.
Andrew Bond is a travel writer and guide publisher, based in Chiang Mai Thailand. For more than 10 years he has been writing about the region for various magazines and papers, as well as publishing a popular online and app series. His company, Virtual Travel Guides, supplies mass content to some of the biggest names in the travel industry. He’s currently studying towards a second degree through the English department at Goldsmiths (University of London), and completing a book of travel creative non-fiction. He also volunteers maintenance of the APWT website.
Sally Breen is the author of The Casuals (2011) and Atomic City (2013) nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards People's Choice Book of the Year in 2014. Sally is a senior lecturer in writing and publishing at Griffith University and fiction editor of the Griffith Review. Her work has appeared widely in Australia including Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review and Overland.
George S. Briones is a private law practitioner of 36 years. He was President of the IBP Quezon City Chapter in 1999-01. And was Assistant Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform on 2005. Atty. Briones practices election law and anti-graft law. A graduate of the UP College of Law in 1978 in Diliman where he was Associate Editor of the Philippine Collegian, Atty. Briones loves to read books and writes clear and concise briefs before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.
Jane Camens is the founder and current Executive Director of Asia Pacific Writers & Association. She co-edited the recent ‘New Asia Now’ issue of Griffith Review, and her own short fiction has been published in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Two of her short stories have also been aired on the BBC World Service. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.
David Carlin’s new book is The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP, 2015). His other books include the widely acclaimed memoir Our Father Who Wasn’t There (Scribe, 2010) and Performing Digital (edited with Laurene Vaughan, Ashgate, 2015). Apart from books and essays, he has also written and directed plays and films, and co-devised a mixed media exhibition for the 2014 Melbourne Festival. He lives in Melbourne, where he directs, with Francesca Rendle-Short, the nonfictionLab research group and the WrICE (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange) Program at RMIT University. David is co-chairing, with Robin Hemley and Nicole Walker, the 2015 NonfictioNOW Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona.EndFragment.
Marj Casal is a multimedia journalist for adobo magazine, the Word on Creativity. She writes stories about business, lifestyle, culture, tech and current events. Marj formerly worked as a Segment Producer for GMA 7. She spends her free time reading books and graphic novels.
Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo is a multi-awarded and an internationally-published author and poet, as well as a professional blogger and speaker from the Philippines. She also works as an online English instructor and an online news ghostwriter. Her books Seasons of Emotions and Inner Reflections of the Muse were published in the UK and USA respectively. Elizabeth has also co-authored more than 60 anthologies in the USA, Canada, UK, Romania, India, and Africa, including global charitable anthologies. She is a member of the American Authors Association (AAA), PEN International, and APWT. Elizabeth was the 2013 recipient of the "Winning Strategies Magazine International Winners Awards" (WISMIWA), USA, for her positive influence to her community and to people across the globe. She was also one of the "Inspirational Poets" at the PENTASI World Friendship Celebration and Historical Forum held in the Philippines in 2013. Among other distinctions she is a constant "Highly-Commended Faith-Centered Poet" at the annual International Community of Poets at Destiny Poets, UK.
Thomas David Chaves writes fiction and poetry.He teaches creative writing at the University of the Philippines, and has garnered national awards for the short story,notably the Palanca and the Nick Joaquin Prizes. He published his first collection of stories in China in 2011, where he previously taught and plans to come out with a poetry collection by December 2015. His current interests revolve around the translation of canonical works (notably Shakespeare's poetry) into Filipino.
Leilani Chavez is working towards a masters in Asian Studies in UP Diliman. When not studying, she writes soap operas for a local television network, travels and writes.
Jeffrey Clapp is lecturer in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, where he teaches and writes about contemporary literature in English. He is co-editor of Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture (Routledge 2015) and he is working on a book about the relationships among surveillance, democracy, and autobiography.
Irena Cristalis is a writer and photographer who has been based in Asia since 1990, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, East Timor, New Delhi and Singapore. She has reported on the wars and conflicts from Kashmir in the north west of Asia to East Timor in the south-eastern corner. Her photos and reports have been used by newspapers and televisions and radio stations around the world. During her time in Asia she published three books: Bitter Dawn, East Timor: a people’s story, Independent Women, and East Timor, A Nation’s Bitter Dawn. Since 2010 she has been living in Singapore.
Conchitina Cruz teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Philippines in Diliman. A recipient of Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation grants, she is the author of several books of poetry, including Dark Hours, elsewhere held and lingered, and Two or Three Things about Desire. She is part of the small presses High Chair and the Youth & Beauty Brigade, and she helps run the semiannual small press expo Better Living Through Xeroxography (BLTX). She is a PhD student of English at State University of New York, Albany.
Isagani R. Cruz (PhD English, University of Maryland) was inaugural chair of the Asia Pacific Writing Partnership(the forerunner to the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators). He is the President of The Manila Times College. He is a former Philippine Undersecretary for Education. He is a Professor Emeritus and a University Fellow of De La Salle University in Manila. Dr Cruz chairs the Manila Critics Circle and various other professional organizations. He writes plays, essays, biographies, and short stories in Filipino and English, for which he has won numerous national and international awards, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature Hall of Fame, the Southeast Asian Writers Award, and The 2010 Outstanding Filipino Award. He writes a weekly column on education for The Philippine Star.
Jhoanna B. Cruz is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao, where she teaches creative writing. She has won several major awards (including the prestigious Palanca) for her fiction and drama, and her book Women Loving, focused on lesbian relationships, is the first of its kind in the Philippines. Jhoanna's recent work features in 'New Asia Now', issue 49 of Griffith Review.
DAI Fan writes in both Chinese and English. She has four collections of essays in Chinese, and a novel Butterfly Lovers in English. Her work in English has appeared in Drunken Boat and Asia Literary Review. She is a professor of linguistics and Director of the Center for Creative Writing of the School Foreign Languages at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou where she teaches one of the few creative writing courses in English as a second language in China. She was a 2012-13 Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar in the Nonfiction Writing Program at University of Iowa.
Jose 'Butch' Dalisay teaches English at the University of the Philippines and has published more than 25 books of fiction and nonfiction. He has been a Fulbright, Hawthornden, Rockefeller, Bellagio, David TK Wong, and Civitella Ranieri fellow. His second novel, Soledad’s Sister, was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in 2007. He is a director of APWT.
Daryll Delgado’s first book of short stories, After the Body Displaces Water (USTPH, 2012), won the 32nd National Book Award for Short Fiction, and was a finalist in the Madrigal-Gonzales First Book Award in 2013. She has received a Philippines Free Press award for her fiction in 2010. Her short stories and essays have been published in national publications and academic journals. She has been a lecturer at the University of the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College. She currently works with the Southeast Asia office of an international labor and human rights NGO headquartered in Massachusetts. Daryll has a BA in Journalism and MA in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines. She currently resides in Quezon City but calls Tacloban home.
Catherine Ng Dellosa is a freelance writer by day and geek by night. Cathy hopes to soar the skies as a superhero for her future children someday. For now, she believes in saving lives through fiction.
Glenn Diaz has an MA in creative writing from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He was the 2013 recipient of the M Literary Residency at Sangam House in Bangalore, India and in 2015 the inaugural Jayanti Residency in Ranikhet, also in India. His work has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, Maximum Volume: Best New Philippine Fiction, Kritika Kultura, and Philippines Free Press. His most recent work is featured in the landmark 'New Asia Now' issue of Australia's leading literary magazine, Griffith Review. A freelance writer and editor, he lives in Manila.
Laurel Fantauzzo is a Filipina American nonfiction writer. She earned a 2010 Astraea Lesbian Writers fellowship, a 2011 Fulbright research scholarship, and a 2013 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature. Her essays on sexuality have appeared in the New York Times, Grantland, CutBank, and Esquire Philippines. She is an Instructor and Writer-in-Residence at Yale-NUS College. laurelfantauzzo.com
Steven P.C. Fernandez is a professor at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology in Mindanao, Philippines, where he founded the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) and where he continues to serve as its Artistic Director. Steven is a multi award-winning playwright, and has toured his works with IPAG to more than 100 cities in Europe, North America, the Pacific, and Asia. He is also a music composer and arranger, multi-media artist, performer, and a cultural researcher. He is author of The Human Image in the Arts and Making Theatre: The Craft of the Stage.
Emil M. Flores is an Associate Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature where he pioneered the first writing class on comics in 1995. He has given lectures and read papers on comics and superheroes in different parts of the Philippines, in Singapore and in the UK. His essay on Filipino superhero komiks is included in Negotiating Culture Through Comics published by the Inter-Disciplinary Press in Oxford, UK. His memoir Virginia Tech Memories published by the UST Publishing House includes insights on using comics in the composition classroom. He is the co-editor of Diaspora Ad Astra, a science fiction anthology published by the UP Press. He also writes fiction and nonfiction works that have been published in various anthologies.
Karlo Antonio Galay-David finished his MA in English with concentration in Creative Writing from Silliman University this year. His MA thesis was on the literary possibilities of Davao Filipino. He has a Palanca and a Nick Joaquin award for drama and fiction in English.
Neil C. Garcia teaches creative writing and comparative literature in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he serves as Director of the university press and a fellow for poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism.
Roger Garcia is the resident playwright and actor of The Xavier Stage. He writes and translates in English, Tagalog and Cebuano. He was a fellow of the Sulatdula Workshop for Mindanao, the Iligan National Writers Workshop and the Silliman University National Writers Workshop. He is currently the chairperson of the Department of English and Literature of Xavier University—Ateneo de Cagayan where he teaches creative writing and literature.
Marshall E Gass lives in Auckland, New Zealand. His published work to date includes four novels and five volumes of poetry. Beautiful Brushstrokes, his third novel, published in 2015, is the book that Marshall considers his most important work to date. His poem 'Viva La Vivaldi' won the 2014 United States Poetry Vivaldi Competition. His forthcoming novel, Cover-Up, approaches completion. His writing is being widely translated.
Christine Godinez-Ortega is a poet, author, and educator. She is a full professor of English, Department of English, College of Arts & Social Sciences, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), IIigan City. She is Director of the Office of Publication and Information of the MSU-IIT. She teaches creative writing and literature and is a founding member, resident panellist and Director of the Iligan National Writers Workshop. She is the Literary Arts Coordinator of Central and Northern Mindanao on concurrent capacity as Head of the National Literary Arts Committee of the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and Secretary of the NCCA Sub Commission on the Arts. Recently, she received a Sumitomo Research Fellowship Grant for her project, “Lessons from the Folk: A Study of Selected Tales from Japan and Selected Tales from Mindanao.” She edited a compilation of Retold Tales from Mindanao in Mindanao Harvest Vol. III published by the National Commission for Culture and Arts and the MSU-IIT in 2014.
Romesh Gunesekera was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He grew up in Sri Lanka and the Philippines, moving to England in 1971. He gained an Arts Council Writers' Award in 1991. His first book, Monkfish Moon, a collection of short stories reflecting the ethnic and political tensions that have threatened Sri Lanka since independence in 1948, was published in 1992. Reef (1994), his first novel, won a Yorkshire Post Book Award (Best First Work) and was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Fiction Prize. The Sandglass (1998), was awarded the inaugural BBC Asia Award for Achievement in Writing and Literature. His novel, Heaven's Edge (2002), is set on an island in the near future. Romesh lives in London, and in 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His latest book is The Match (2006). Ramesh's participation is supported by the British Council.
Alexandra Gregori is a food and lifestyle writer with a Master of Arts in Gastronomy. She is an Australian expatriate, currently living in Manila, where she works as a freelance writer and blogger. Her food and travel blog - shegathersnomoss.com - is designed to share her experiences of a nomadic life, the ups and downs, the tastes and textures and the abiding sense of adventure it has always inspired.
Kate Griffin is Associate Programme Director at Writers’ Centre Norwich, contributing to the development of WCN’s international activities. Formerly international programme director at the British Centre for Literary Translation, Kate has developed projects in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. She also works with the London Review Bookshop on its World Literature series, and was a judge of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize from 2005 to 2010. She worked for Arts Council England from 2001 to 2010, specialising in international literature and translation, and she spent most of the 1990s working overseas in Belgium and Russia. www.kategriffin.org
Romi Grossberg is an Australian writer who lives in southern Thailand where she is working on her first non-fiction book Hip Hop & Hope based on her work with street kids in Cambodia. In 2013 Romi began teaching creative writing workshops and conducting one-on-one counseling sessions. Her counselling blends verbal dialogue and writing, teaching creative expression and journaling. Romi has been published in Imprint 13; The Annual Anthology of Women in Publishing Society and Imprint 14, Hong Kong and most recently in the 'New Asia Now', issue 49 of Griffith Review.
Eliza Vitri Handayani is an Indonesian author and a literary translator. Her short stories, essays, and translations have appeared in leading Indonesian literary outlets, as well as in the Griffith Review ('New Asia Now' edition), Asia Literary Review, and Asymptote Journal. Her novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different comes out this year by Vagabond Press. She is also the founder of InterSastra, an Indonesian literary translation initiative.
Robin Hemley is the former Director of The Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He is currently the Director of the Writing Program, Writer-in-Residence, and Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College in Singapore as well as Professor Emeritus at The University of Iowa and Associated Faculty of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of eight books of nonfiction and fiction and the winner of many awards including a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, The Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from The Chicago Tribune, The Story Magazine Humor Prize, an Independent Press Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes and many others. He has been widely anthologised and has published his work in such places as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, New York Magazine, and many of the finest literary magazines in the U.S, as well as a popular column on the Philippines, 'Dispatches from Manila', on McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Robin has taught widely around the world.
Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo has published over 30 books, including novels, short story collections and collections of essays and nonfiction narratives. She has won several literary awards and lectured extensively both nationally nd internationally. At present she is Director if the University of Santo Tomas Centre for Creative and Literary Studies. She is also Professor Emeritus for Literature and Creative Writing, at the University of the Philippines, where she also served as Director of the UP Creative Writing Centre, Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program and Vice President for Public Affairs of the UP System. Professor Hidalgo has also been director of the publishing houses of both UP and UST.
B.B.P. Hosmillo is a queer poet of color. Author of The Essential Ruin (forthcoming), his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Kritika Kultura, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, AJAR Press, The Ilanot Review, Assaracus, and many others. He is guest poetry editor at Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and is currently editing Decentered Mobility: A Bilingual Anthology of Contemporary Writing from and about Quezon. His honors include research fellowships and scholarships from the Japan Foundation, Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, and the Republic of Indonesia.
Roland Kelts was born to an American father and a Japanese mother, and grew up in both America and Japan. Kelts is the author of the acclaimed bestseller, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US, and a visiting scholar at Keio University in Tokyo. As a journalist, essayist and columnist, he writes for many publications such as The New Yorker, The Guardian and The Japan Times, and he is an authority on Japan’s contemporary literary and popular cultures. He imparts his unique perspective on Japanese culture to audiences worldwide as a public speaker and media commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Most recently, Kelts delivered a TED Talk in Tokyo at TedxHaneda. Roland participates in APWT 2015 with the support of the Japan Foundation.
Satoshi Kitamura is an award-winning picture-book artist and illustrator. His own books include When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book, Millie’s Marvelous Hat, and Lily Takes a Walk. He has worked with numerous artists and poets, especially with poet John Agard, with whom he has collaborated on a number of books including The Young Inferno and Goldilocks on CCTV. Kitamura has contributed to the latest issue of Monkey Business “Variation and Theme,” a picture narrative inspired by a poem by Charles Simic. Satoshi participates in APWT 2015 with the support of the Japan Foundation.
Julie Y.L. Koh is a Malaysian Australian writer. Her short stories have appeared in Kyoto Journal, The Best Australian Stories, The Fish Anthology, The Sleepers Almanac, The Lifted Brow and Seizure Online. Her first collection of short stories, Capital Misfits, was published by Spineless Wonders in April. A second collection is due out with UQP in 2016. jylkoh.com
Amado Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta ('Sarge') is a Filipino writer, and winner of several awards for his short stories, including the Philippine Graphic Award, the Palanca Memorial Award and the NVM Gonzalez. His first collection of short stories, Life Before X and Other Stories, published in 2000 by the [UP Press], won the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and the Manila Critics' Circle National Book Award. His second collection, White Elephants: Stories, published in 2005 by Anvil Manila, also won the National Book Award. His third collection, Flames and Other Stories was published by Anvil in 2009. As an editor, Lacuesta has edited the books Latitude: Writing from the Philippines and Scotland (Anvil Manila 2005) and Fourteen Love Stories (University of the Philippines Press 2006). He is also the current literary editor of The Philippines Free Press. Sarge is also the recipient of several local and international grants and writing fellowships, among them the UP National Writer's Workshop in Quezon City, Philippines (1992), the Silliman National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete, Philippines (1992), The Writer's Retreat at Hawthornden Castle in Lasswade, Scotland (2003) and The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA (2007). Sarge edited and produced our Filipino edition of LEAP+.
Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, also known as Tita Amel, is a playwright, writer, and a set designer. She is dubbed ‘The Grande Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theater’. She is a Professor Emeritus the University of the Philippines and a prize-winning author of 25 books, 44 plays and 135 short stories. Her Teatrong Mulat has performed throughout the Philippines, Asia, Europe and USA. She also helped establish the UP Creative Writing Center which she headed as Director from 1986-1995. She has worked for the recognition of more women writers and has held workshops on children's literature.
Gabriela Lee gained a master’s degree in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore under an ASEAN scholarship. Her poetry and fiction have been published in the Philippines, Singapore, USA, and Australia. Her latest work is in Kaleidoscope, an anthology of mYA speculative fiction, published by Twelfth Planet Press. She is an assistant professor at the English department at the UP Diliman where she teaches literature, composition, and creative writing.
Aaron Lee is a pilgrim poet, writing mentor, community organizer and banking lawyer. His first poetry collection A Visitation of Sunlight (1997) was voted one of the year’s best books by The Straits Times, and his 2007 poetry collection Five Right Angles was a finalist in the Singapore Literature Prize awards. He co-edited several poetry anthologies including the best-selling Love Gathers All: the Singapore-Philippines Anthology of Love Poetry. His latest book of poetry is Coastlands (2014). Lee and his artist wife Namiko Chan Takahashi are based in Singapore.
Mickey Lin holds a Master of Arts in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Prior to living in Singapore, he has resided in various parts of Asia: Bangkok, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei. He is co-editor of the upcoming short story anthology Tales of Two Cities by writers of the Hong Kong Writers Circle and Singapore Writers' Group.
Jazmin Badong Llana (PhD, Aberystwyth University, UK) is Associate Professor of drama, theatre, and performance at De La Salle University-Manila, where she is also the Literature Department’s coordinator of graduate studies. Presently she is the Head of the National Committee on Dramatic Arts, [Philippine] National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Isa Lorenzo’s fiction has been published in Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology and the W&N website. She has an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) from the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary and won the UEA Orion Short Story Prize. She has attended national writing workshops in Silliman and Iligan. Isa teaches writing and literature at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She climbs mountains whenever she can.
Gerry Los Banos teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He is the author of a novel for young adults, Playing it Safe (Cacho Publishing House) and co-editor of the anthology Diliman: Home and Campus (UP Press). He is currently Deputy Director of the UP Press..
Shirley O. Lua teaches literature at De La Salle University in Manila. She specializes in Philippine literature, diaspora studies, and genre studies. She is a member of the Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists); UMPIL (Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas); the Alon Literary Collective, a Manila-based poets’ group; and the Manila Critics Circle, which hands out the National Book Awards annually to the best books published in the Philippines. She serves as the Field Bibliographer of Philippine journals for the Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography. She wrote the introduction and the texts for 44 Cineastas Filipinos, a coffee-table book on Filipino filmmakers photographed by Spanish artist Oscar Fernandez Orengo. She is the director of the DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.
Richard D. Madrilejos teaches humanities, literature and theater arts in Bicol University College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL). He is president of ABKAT (Asosayon-Bikolano para sa Karahayan gamit an mga Arte buda Tataramon/ Association of Bikolanons for Goodness using Arts and Languages). He advises BURABOD Artists, the student-based literary and theatre arts group in Bicol University. Four of his plays were staged by the BUCAL-Humanities Department in cooperation with the BURABOD Artists. His plays ‘Nata Maaskad an Dagat/ Why the Sea is Salty’ and ‘An Hikot ni Pay Ben/ The Net of Fisherman Ben’ won the 2012 Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon in the one-act play and one-act play for children categories. His first chapbook of plays ‘Pamibi’ was published by Salabay Press in 2013.
Paulo Manalo teaches at the University of the Philippines. Jolography is his collection of poems. His work was studied in Becoming Poets: The Asian English Experience by Agnes Lam.
Tata Mapa has been part of the Philippine magazine industry for the past 15 years where she was the associate editor of Seventeen Magazine and the editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Weddings. She is currently a freelance writer, stylist, and editor with a focus on lifestyle and travel features. Her work has appeared in the Philippine editions of titles such as Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, and Elle Decoration, as well as in Smile, where she is a contributing editor. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at the City University of Hong Kong. She is also working on her first YA novel and conducts creative writing workshops.
Jeena Rani Marquez is an award-winning writer and director. She is the author of Beyond Words Pahiwatig ng Lambing, The River of Gold and other essays, as well as the co-author of The Night that Changed the River. She was an ASEAN fellow of the Singapore International Foundation and had undergone training in creative writing in London. She is also a recipient of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Jeena Rani Marquez teaches semantics at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines.
Bonnie S. McDougall is honorary associate in the department of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney and Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh. She has also taught at Harvard University, the University of Oslo, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong, and has spent long periods in teaching, translating, and research in China. She has written extensively on modern Chinese literature and translated poetry, fiction, drama, letters, essays, and film scripts by Bei Dao, Gu Cheng, Ah Cheng, Chen Kaige, Lu Xun, Mao Zedong, Wang Anyi, Dung Kai-cheung and many others. For further details see www.bonniesmcdougall.com.
Philip McLaren is an indigenous Australian author, and academic known for literary fiction, detective stories and thrillers. He has also written non-fiction, social commentary, screenplays and academic essays. Of his seven novels, four have been translated and distributed internationally. He holds a Doctor of Creative Arts degree, has lectured in Canada, England, France, Spain, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. Sweet Water - Stolen Land received the 1992 David Unaipon Award for Australian indigenous literature. Murder in Utopia (published in some countries as Utopia) won the 2010 Prix Litteraire des Recits de l'ailleurs, a French prize for foreign literature. He is Adjunct Professor in the research arm of Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology Sydney.
Joe Milan Jr. is a writer of stories and essays mostly about the place he lives, Seoul, South Korea. Armed with a MFA from VCFA (Vermont College of Fine Arts), a handful of publications and high aspirations, he wrestles daily with his upcoming novel about a Korean adoptee returning to Korea to find his heritage and instead finds conscription, North Koreans, and spies.
Piia Mustamäki is a Finn and a New Yorker who recently moved to China to teach writing at New York University Shanghai. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and has written plays, is working on a TV script and is interested in travel writing. She blogs at 1001worlds.com.
Birdie Nakpil is a translator, content writer, and book reviewer. She is currently working on a Filipino Edition of a worldwide published Trilogy. Writing has always been her true love.
Caroline Nazareno (a.k.a. Ceri Naz), known as a ‘poet of peace and friendship’, is a multi-awarded poet, editor, journalist, public speaker, linguist, educator, peace and women’s advocate. She was chosen as World Poetry International Director to Philippines by the World Poetry Canada and International. She won several International Prizes including The Frang Bardhi Literary Prize 2014 in Albania, the sair-gazeteci ( Poet Journalist Award 2014) in Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey and the World Poetry Empowered Poet 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. Beyond her literary work, Caroline has created the The Ceri Naz Literary Award through which she supports journalism students at the Pangasinan State University -Bayambang Campus.
Collier Nogues is the author of the poetry collections The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground, selected by Forrest Gander as winner of the 2014 Drunken Boat Book Contest, and On the Other Side, Blue (Four Way, 2011). Her work has been supported by fellowships and grants from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Fishtrap. She is a PhD Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and will be Lingnan University’s Spring 2016 Writer in Residence. She also curates Hong Kong’s English-language poetry craft talk series, Ragged Claws, and edits poetry for Juked.
Gabriel Mari Oblefias is an experienced Television Writer and Producer for GMA 7. He also worked as a Writer for ABS-CBN and TV5. His expertise includes writing documentaries and human interest stories. During his free time, Gabriel also dabbles with comic book writing.
Liz Packer coordinates the Professional Writing Program at Adelaide College of the Arts with her colleague Sue Fleming. Liz looks after the online program, eLearning and print resource development, curriculum development, and supports the workgroup and students to solve online learning issues. She’s a Learning Technology Mentor. She teaches in the program, both face-to-face and online.
David Perry is the author of one collection of poems, Range Finder (Adventures in Poetry) and chapbooks including Knowledge Follows (Insurance Editions) and New Years (Braincase). He earned his MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa in 1997, focusing on contemporary German poetry and the East-West split nature of Berlin. Since 2006, he has lived with his wife and daughter in Shanghai, where he teaches writing at NYU Shanghai. He has published poetry, translations, and critical writings on contemporary poetry and art in a range of publications and has recently collaborated with the artist Zhang Jianjun for a performance at Shanghai's Himalayas Art Museum. Current projects include translating contemporary Mainland Chinese poets and writing a hybrid poetry-prose manuscript mapping his neighborhood in the former French Concession on one hand, and far-flung points on the sprawling Shanghai Metro system on the other. A chapbook drawing material from the latter project will be published in the spring of 2016. He has taught literature and writing at the University of Iowa, St. John’s University, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Pranesh Prasad is a writer of literary fiction. His published works include The Ultimate Laugh (2011) which explores identity and terrorism and A Half-Baked Life (2013) which examines the 2002 Gujarat riots. He is currently working on contemporary gender, religious and caste inequalities in a new novel The Hidden Imam. An excerpt from The Hidden Imam appears in the 2015 Fall edition of the literary journal, Weber: The Contemporary West.
Edmund Price is originally from the UK but has lived in Hong Kong since 1996. A former banker, he is a published author and an award-winning short-story writer. He has recently concluded an MFA in Creative Writing at the City University of Hong Kong. He wrote his first short story in 2008 for the Hong Kong Writers' Circle's annual anthology. Since then he has written many more. In December 2014, his story Lennonism was voted Most Creative entry to the annual RTHK-South China Morning Post annual Hong Kong's Top Story competition. His novel The Gilded Cage was published in February 2014 after winning a publishing contract as a prize in a competition run by Custom Book Publications.
Tito Quiling, Jr. earned his M.A. in Media Studies (Film) from the UP Film Institute, College of Mass Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he was awarded Best Thesis for Graduate Studies (2015). Concentrating on film and architecture, his paper was published in Humanities Diliman, Vol. 10:2.
Francis Paolo Quina teaches classes in composition, literature, and creative writing at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he is also taking his master’s. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has appeared in several Philippine magazines and anthologies. He is also an affiliate faculty at the UP Open University where he teaches an online course on popular culture and multimedia.
Razel Quinapundan earned her Mass Communication degree at St. Theresa's College Cebu. She is a publishing consultant for New Zealand author Marshall Gass. Razel spends her free time reading books and watching documentary films. She hopes that she will be able to write her own book one day.
Glady V. Ramos is the Managing Editor of youth magazine Word & Life, where she also writes short stories and special features, and 4 other Catholic publications in the Philippines. She has won a Special Citation for Best Special Feature for 'The Size of a Mother’s Heart' from the Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2009. Currently, she is looking for an international publisher for her children’s story and is working on her first novel.
Francesca Rendle-Short is an award-winning Australian novelist, memoirist and essayist, author of Imago and the critically acclaimed memoir-cum-novel Bite Your Tongue (Spinifex). She has had over 80 original works published in numerous literary and scholarly journals, online and in exhibitions. Francesca is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, co-director of nonfictionLab and WrICE. She was an International Writing Fellow at the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2013 and was showcased in the 2015 Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy, Melbourne.
Muhammad ('Azer') Reza is nicknamed Komikazer in the virtual world. In 2004, this graduate of Visual Communication Design at Jakarta Institute of Art gathered with other comic creators in Jakarta in a project called Komik Metropolis Gadungan Menyertai Anda at Ruangrupa. In 2012 he joined photography project Top Collection 3. A year later he created comic for Berkas, a regular publication for the Jakarta Biennale XV. Along with the rapid internet penetration in Indonesia, he decided to move online and displayed his works in the virtual world. Every now and then he still joins various exhibitions in galleries and public spaces. Azer uses social media Instagram (@komikazer) as a distribution gallery of his one-strip digital illustration works. His virtual gallery has become a space for discussion and opinion. Azer's participation is supported by the Japan Foundation.
Cheryl Robson worked for the BBC after university before founding The Women’s Theatre Workshop to produce plays by international women playwrights. She then founded Aurora Metro Books and has published over 200 writers, initiating The Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2009. She also creates arts/education projects including a 30 minute documentary film called Rock n Roll Island, which was shortlisted for Best Short Film recently at Raindance Festival, London. Her awards include Croydon International Playwriting Festival, Raymond Williams’ Publishing Prize, WIP Pandora Prize, Gourmand Special Jury Prize For Peace, Gourmand Best Innovative Foodbook UK, Gourmand Best Sustainable Foodbook UK, People's Book Prize (Shortlist), Marsh Award For Children's Literature (Shortlist 5 times),Wingate Literary Prize (Shortlist), Raymond Williams’ Publishing Prize (Shortlist), Roger Leach Memorial Prize (Shortlist).
Kate Rogers’ new poetry collection, Foreign Skin, debuted in Toronto with Aeolus House Press in July 2015. It launches in Hong Kong October 7th this year. Kate lectures in Literature, and Culture and Communication Studies at the Community College of City University, Hong Kong. Kate’s poetry about the Hong Kong protests has appeared in The Guardian and Asia Literary Review. Other publication credits include Morel, the Mind Shadows Anthology (Ontario Poetry Society); the Kyoto Journal; ASIATIC: the Journal of English Language and Literature at the Islamic University of Malaysia; Contemporary Verse II and The New Quarterly. Kate’s previous books are City of Stairs (Haven 2012) and Painting the Borrowed House (Proverse 2008). Kate is co-editor of the OutLoud Too anthology (MCCM 2014) which features poetic contributions from participants in the longest running Hong Kong poetry reading series of the same name. Kate Rogers is also co-editor of Not A Muse: the inner lives of women (Haven 2009).
Sandra Nicole Roldan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She holds an MA Creative Writing degree from the same university. In 2006, she was granted a writer’s residency in Seoul, Korea where she was attended the 1st Seoul Young Writers Festival. In 2007, she received the Free Press Literary Prize and was fellow at the UP Advanced National Writers Workshop. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry can be found in various magazines, journals, and anthologies, most recently in Mondo Marcos (Anvil, 2010), Kritika Kultura (Ateneo, 2011), Hanggang Sa Muli (Tahanan, 2011), and Motherhood Statements (Anvil, 2013).
Hope Sabanpan-Yu, comparatist, creative writer, translator, editor, and professor is Director of the USC Cebuano Studies Center. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literature and theory and criticism at the University of San Carlos. An advocate for the promotion and preservation of Cebuano culture and heritage, she serves as Central Visayas Coordinator of the NCCA and chairs the Women in Literary Arts – Cebu.
Anna Felicia Sanchez teaches literature and creative writing as an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines. Her stories have won prizes and seen print in fiction anthologies, including her own chapbook, Frog Leap and Other Stories, published by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. She has also written chick lit novellas under the byline Anna Ishikawa.
Paz Verdades M. Santos has been a teacher at the De la Salle University and Ateneo de Naga University. She specializes in Southeast Asian literature and Philippine literature, particularly the literature of the Bikol region. She has eight books on the topic and has received several awards for her contributions to the growth of the Bikol language and literature. She has done research on gender, ecocriticism, and armed groups and human security efforts in the Philippines. She is presently involved in an arts and culture initiative to save the Naga River.
Maria Carmen A. Sarmiento is a fictionist and essayist who has won numerous Philippine awards. She moderates the Writers Against Impunity web page for the Philippine Center of PEN International, and represents PEN on the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Writing Resident at the Bellagio in 2014 to work on her novel: Siete Pecados. Her works are published by Anvil and distributed by National Bookstore and Power Books.
Neville Sarony is a practicing QC in Hong Kong, author of the novel The Dharma Expedient published by Vajra Books, Kathmandu, it was a best seller in Hong Kong. His memoir Counsel in the Clouds published by Sweet & Maxwell in June, covers his years as the first foreign lawyer in Nepal in the 1960s and is being translated into Nepali for publication by Orchid Books early in 2016. An ex-Gurkha officer, his fiction focuses on South Asia. The sequel to the Dharma Expedient, Devlin’s Chakra, is currently being edited. A contributor o the South China Morning Post he also composes satirical lyrics which he performs regularly in Hong Kong.
Cheeno Marlo M. Sayuno is an Assistant Professor at UPLB, a budding writer of short stories for children, and a cultural dancer. He has an MA Communication Arts degree from UPLB and is currently a PhD Communication student at UP Diliman. He won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award, Short Story for Children category, in 2013. He is also the 2015 sole awardee of the Philippine Board on Books by Young People Salanga Prize (honorable mention).
Qaisra Shahraz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a prize-winning, critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in Manchester (UK) since childhood and gained two Masters Degrees in English and European literature and scriptwriting. Qaisra was recognised as being one of 100 influential Pakistani women in Pakistan Power 100 List (2012). Previously she was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and for the Muslim News Awards for Excellence. Her novels, The Holy Woman and Typhoon, are translated into several languages. The Holy Woman (2001) won the Golden Jubilee Award, was 'Best Book of the Month' at Waterstones and has become a bestseller in Indonesia and Turkey. Her award-winning drama serial Dil Hee To Hai was broadcast on Pakistani Television in 2003. Qaisra recently published her third novel Revolt, two volumes of short stories, A Pair of Jeans and Train to Krakow, and she is now working on her fourth novel The Henna Painter. Her work is studied in schools and universities. A critical analysis of her work has been done in a book entitled The Holy and the Unholy: Critical Essays on Qaisra Shahraz’s Fiction (2011). Qaisra Shahraz has another successful career in education, as a consultant, teacher trainer and inspector. She is one of APWT's directors.
Ravi Shankar is the founding editor and Executive Director of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has published or edited seven books and chapbooks of poetry, including the What Else Could it Be (2015), the National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove (2010), and the Finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards, Instrumentality (2004). Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond, called ‘a beautiful achievement for world literature’ by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC, the PBS Newshour and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong and a Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University.
James Shea is the author of two poetry collections, The Lost Novel and Star in the Eye. Star in the Eye was selected for the Fence Modern Poets Series and included in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series. A former Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Luna Sicat-Cleto writes in Filipino and has published two novels. Most of the awards she received were from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Her fiction, poetry and essays have also been anthologized in many publications, including Forbidden Fruit (1991) and How to Read Literature (2007). She currently teaches creative writing and literature appreciation at the University of the Philippines in Diliman where she is an Associate of the Likhaan UP Institute of Creative Writing.
Victorio N. Sugbo has been a Professor of Communication and Literature at the University of the Philippines Visayas. He holds a PhD in Communication, an MA-Tesl and an MAIR, all from the UP Diliman. He has published articles in national refereed journals and edited books. He has likewise papers in international conferences. A poet, he writes in English and Waray (his mother tongue). His poetry has been included in national and international anthologies and periodicals.
Iwan Sulistiawan is Chair of the English Department of Sekolah Tinggi Bahasa Asing LIA in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is the author of Kupu-kupu Pembunuh Naga and Miskin Tapi Sombong.
Tom Sykes is a widely-published writer, editor and journalist whose work on the Philippines has appeared in The London Telegraph, Red Pepper, The London Magazine, The Philippines Free Press, Southeast Asia Globe and other print and digital media around the world. He as co-edited a collection of political journalism and five anthologies of travel stories. The first, No Such Thing as a Free Ride? (Cassell Illustrated), was serialised in The London Times and named The Observer’s Travel Book of the Month. Since 2011 he has been Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth, and has delivered lectures about Manila as a "developing world megacity". His PhD-in-progress comprises an autobiographical travelogue is entitled Blood is Thicker in Manila.
Budjette Tan is an ad man by day and a comic book writer by night. He is currently the Executive Creative Director of MRM//McCann Manila, the digital discipline of McCann Worldgroup Philippines. And he writes graphic novels. His creator-owned crime/horror comic book Trese has won three Philippine Book Awards for Best Graphic Literature. His most recent award was won for his fantasy comic book Mikey Recio And The Secret Of The Demon Dungeon.
Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His chapbook, Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Recent stories, essays, and poems appear in The Blue Lyra Review, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Caribbean Vistas, Esquire (Philippines), Soundings Review, Theory in Action, Tomas (Philippines), United Verses (China) and the anthologies Long Island Noir (Akashic Books), and Fast Food Fiction (Anvil Publishing, Philippines). He is the fiction editor for Ducts. He teaches at New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program.
Lily Rose Tope is a professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines. She is author of (Un)Framing Southeast Asia: Nationalism and the Post Colonial Text in English in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines as well as several articles on Southeast Asian literature in English, Philippine Chinese literature in English, and ethnicity in Southeast Asian literature.
Pocholo Torres graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas in 2011 with an AB in Literature and is presently taking his MA in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines. A fellow for fiction in the UST Creative Writing and Varsitarian Fiction Workshops, his short stories have been published in Dapitan, Buklod, and Love Notes, among others.
TSE Hao Guang: Assembled in Singapore with parts from Hong Kong and Malaysia, Hao Guang is interested in form and formation, creativity and quotation, lyrics and line breaks. His chapbook is hyperlinkage (Math Paper Press, 2013). He graduated from the Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago in 2014 with a concentration in poetry and creative writing, and co-edits the cross-genre, collaborative literary journal OF ZOOS, as well as UnFree Verse, an anthology of Singapore poetry in received and nonce forms. His first full-length collection, Deeds of Light, is forthcoming.
Michelle Tumanpos is a 27 year old freelance writer from Manila, Philippines. She is a Registered Nurse with a passion for writing. Growing up, she has always associated herself with writing groups and leading campus journalism organizations especially during her undergraduate years. She has been working as a Content Developer for a start-up tech website. She is looking to fuse both her profession and passion.
Alfred A. Yuson (aka 'Krip') has authored 26 books thus far, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, children’s stories, biographies and coffee-table books, apart from having edited various titles that include several literary anthologies. He has gained numerous distinctions, including the 2009 Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas from UMPIL or Writers Union of the Philippines, the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan award from the City of Manila, a Rockefeller Foundation grant for residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy, and the SEAWrite (SouthEast Asian Writers) Award from Thai royalty for lifetime achievement. He has also been elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He taught fiction and poetry at Ateneo de Manila University, where he held the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair.
Louyzza Maria Victoria Vasquez (Vyxz) Vasquez is an instructor of English courses in the University of the Philippines. She is working on her post-graduate degree in Creative Writing in the same university.
Rúnar Helgi Vignisson is an Icelandic author and translator who has won many honors for his writing, among them The Icelandic Translation Award for J. M. Coetzee’s Boyhood. Vignisson has translated books by many acclaimed American, English and Australian authors, such as Philip Roth, Amy Tan, William Faulkner, Ian McEwan and Elizabeth Jolley. He is the author of seven books of fiction; his latest book, Love and Other Complications, received the DV Prize. His short stories have been featured in Icelandic, German, and Spanish anthologies. Vignisson is currently director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Iceland.
Corazon D. Villareal is Professorial Lecturer at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman of which she was former chair. Her main publications are on translation and translational processes relating to Philippine literature and culture, among them, Translating the Sugilanon: Reframing the Sign (University of the Philippines Press 1994) and Siday (Ateneo de Manila University Press 1997). Her international publications have appeared in the Asiatic (Malaysia 2010), Language Teaching (UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Global Local Interface: Language Choice and Hybridity (UK: Multilingual Matters, 2013) and Translation and Global Asia (The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2014). She was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University in 2006 and an international associate at the Nida School of Translation Studies in Misano, Italy in 2011.
Sharon A. Villaverde is a poet, curriculum writer, photographer, blogger, mentor and author of Seven Filipino books in Grade 7, 8 and Senior High School. Co-author/ contributor of five anthologies—Feelings International, Women of One World, The Art of Being Human, Insomia and Rage Lumad 2015. Winner of International Poetry Award (Pentasi WFP) as Inspirational Poet and Gawad Patrocinio V. Villafuerte as Most Outstanding Teacher in Filipino. Teaches Journalism, Biology and Filipino at Lopez National Comp. HS, PUP and PNU South Luzon Campus.
Nury Vittachi is one of Asia’s most widely syndicated columnists, with columns printed weekly in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Macau, Sri Lanka and on the internet. He is the author or co-author of many books, including The Feng Shui Detective series (St Martin’s Press) and the Magic Mirror series (Scholastic). He founded the Asia Literary Review in 1999.
Eli K.P. William is the author of Cash Crash Jubilee (May 2015), a cyber-dystopian novel that takes place in a near future Tokyo. Born and raised in Toronto, William currently works in Tokyo as a Japanese-English translator and is writing book two of his Jubilee Trilogy, entitled The Naked World (to be published by Skyhorse in fall 2016). He has also contributed articles to such publications and websites as The Japan Times, The Pacific Rim Review of Books, Now Magazine, Writer’s Digest and Tor. See elikpwilliam.com or follow him on Twitter @Dice_Carver.
Xu Xi is author of nine books of fiction & essays, most recently Access Thirteen Tales and the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky, a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She is also editor of four Hong Kong literature anthologies, including The Queen of Statue Square: New Hong Kong Short Fiction. Currently, she is writer-in-residence at a university in Hong Kong and recently established Authors at Large www.aalauthors.com to offer writing retreats & workshops in Asia. Also see www.xuxiwriter.com or follow her on social media @xuxiwriter. Xu Xi is one of the three founding director's of APWT.
Beth Yahp is an award-winning author of fiction and creative non-fiction, including a novel, The Crocodile Fury, which was translated into several languages, and a memoir, Eat First, Talk Later (Penguin Random House, 2015). She wrote the libretto for the opera Moon Spirit Feasting, by composer Liza Lim, which won the APRA Award for Best Classical Composition in 2003. Born in Malaysia, Beth currently resides in Sydney, where she lectures in the Master of Creative Writing program at the University of Sydney.
Kyoko Yoshida's first collection of short stories Disorientalism (2014), comes from Vagabond Press in Sydney. She was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, studied at Kyoto University for seven years and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for five, before she started her teaching career in Yokohama. She was a participant of the 2005 International Writing Program at University of Iowa and a visiting scholar at Brown University in 2006-07. Her stories have appeared in various American literary journals. She also translates Japanese experimental poetry and drama. Kiwao Nomura’s Spectacle & Pigsty, translated with poet Forrest Gander (OmniDawn, 2011), won Rochester University’s Best Translated Book Award in Poetry in 2012, and Shu Matsui's Proud Son, translated with playwright Andy Bragen, was performed at the 2013 International Play Festival at Ohio Northern University. She teaches American Literature at Ritsumeikan University and lives in Kyoto. Kyoko Yoshida was a Board member of the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership, the forerunner to APWT.
Lawrence Lacambra Ypil was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. He is the author of The Highest Hiding Place. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. He has received the Fulbright scholarship, Academy of American Poets Prize, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and the Philippines Free Press Awards. He is a Writing Fellow at Yale-NUS College and is at work on a book on museum objects and photographs from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair Philippines Exposition.