Ian Rosales Casocot was born in Dumaguete City in 1975, and studied in the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, and in Silliman University, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Mass Communication degree. He was a fellow for fiction at the national summer writers’ workshops in Dumaguete, Cebu, and Iligan. He is currently working on a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Silliman University, where he currently is a faculty of the Department of English and Literature.
He has won several Don Carlos Palanca Awards and an NVM Gonzalez Prize for his fiction, and was chosen as one of the authors for the UBOD New Writers Series 2003 by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. In 2002, he editedFutureShock Prose: An Anthology of Young Writers and New Literatures , which was nominated as Best Anthology in the National Book Awards given by the Manila Critics Circle. “Rosario and the Stories” garnered him an Honorable Mention from the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Writer’s Prize.
His short stories and essays have been translated to French, and have been published The Sunday Times, Sands and Coral, Dapitan, Tomas, Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, SunStar Bacolod , and MetroPost . He is a correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer , and writes two weekly columns, “The Spy in the Sandwich,” for StarLife Magazine of the Visayan Daily Star , and “Tempest in a Coffee Mug” for MetroPost. He also maintains A Critical Survey of Philippine Literature , the comprehensive website resource on Filipino writings and literary criticism.