Benilda S. Santos is a retired Filipino professor at the Ateneo de Manila University. She is a poet, essayist and author. Santos helped in the translation of the 1986 election primers from English to Filipino. Santos has also served as director for Ateneo National Writers Workshop. Her expertise includes film criticism, literary history, literary criticism, poetics and Philippine feminism.

She co-edited Kung Ibig Mo: Love Poetry by Women, with Marjorie Evasco. She also edited Ang Wikang Filipino sa Loob at Labas ng Akademya’t Bansa, a compilation of essays on language by Virgilio Almario, Galileo Zafra, Mario Miclat, and Conrado de Quiros among others. Among her books are Kuwadro Numero Uno and Alipato. Kuwadro was part of the UP Press UP Jubilee Student Edition 2006. Her works have won in the National Book Awards and the Palancas.

She obtained her AB-BSE in English Literature at the Assumption Convent in 1970, MA in English Literature at the ADMU in 1975, PhD in Filipino at the UP Diliman in 1998.