Simeon Dumdum, Jr. is a widely published and anthologized poet. He was born on March 7, 1948 in Balamban, Cebu. His impressive educational attainment include degrees in Law from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, 1976, Theology from the San Carlos Seminary, Makati City, 1970 and Philosophy from the Cluain Mhuire and University College, Ireland, 1969. He works as Senior Attorney for the Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. He is also a columnist for the SunStar, a Cebu City daily newspaper.

Dumdum has attended writers’ workshops and conferences in the Philippines, Singapore, and England. He was also panelist Cornelio Faigao Memorial Writers Workshop. His awards include Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Third Prize, Selected Poems, 1981; Third Prize, Axioms, 1983; Second Prize,Masbate, 1982 and Second Prize, Gossamer, 1984). He has also garnered Honorable Mention from the CCP Literary Contest and a Citation, Philippine Literary Arts Council.

His poems appeared in Focus, Jose, Solidarity, Mithi, Midweek, Caracoa, Philippine Studies, Versus, Kamao, and Tenggara. Dumdum’s volumes of poetry are The Gift of Sleep (1982) and Third World Opera (1987).