A BS computer science degree holder, Ana Maria Villanueva-Lykes discovered the world of words only five years ago. Since then she has been published in The Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, Reader’s Digest, and several collections and anthologies. She trained with the Philippine Daily Inquirer for two years before she moved on to other publications. She currently works as editor-in-chief for AsianTraveler Magazine and La Salle ‘s Rektikano Magazine.

Her novel, Caracol, earned her an outstanding thesis award for her MFA degree in Creative Writing at De La Salle University in 2008. She is a fellow of the 7 th Iyas Creative Writing Workshop and the 44 th U.P. National Writers Workshop.