Ralph Semino Galán teaches literature, humanities and writing subjects at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas. He graduated magna cum laude with an AB English (major in Literature) degree from the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology. He was a fellow to all the national writers’ workshops (Silliman [1995], U.P.[1996] and Iligan[1997]), as well as to the 2 nd ASEAN Writers’ Workshop/ Conference on Poetry. His poems in English and Filipino have won prizes from the Philippine Panorama (1993) and Home Life Magazine (1998) poetry contests.

Ralph has an M.A. in English Studies (major in Creative Writing) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. From 1997 to 2002 he was a member of the administrative staff of the UP National Writers’ Workshop, serving as the Workshop Coordinator from 1999 to 2002. He also writes book reviews for the Lifestyle Section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer from time to time. His first chapbook of poetry The Southern Cross and Other P ems was launched last December 2005 by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as part of its UBOD New Authors Series.