CONCHITINA R. CRUZ teaches creative writing and comparative literature at UP Diliman. A Palanca and National Book Award winner, she is the youngest poet in A Habit of Shores, the third and last volume of the Man of Earth series of anthologies which spans a century of Philippine poetry and verse in English. While on a Fulbright grant, Cruz studied and taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she received her MFA in Writing. She is also a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Grant. Her poetry has appeared in Mid-American Review, Indiana Review, Philippine Studies and the online journal High Chair. Her works include Disappear, a chapbook published in 2005 by High Chair, Dark Hours, published in 2005 by The UP Press, and Elsewhere Held and Lingered, published in 2008 by High Chair. She is the current deputy director of the UP ICW.