Fiction-writer and literary critic Edilberto Tiempo was born in 1913. He obtained his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver. In addition to having been a Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellow, Ed Tiempo, alongside wife Edith L. Tiempo, spent around four years studying literature and creative writing in the Iowa Writers Workshop. Upon returning to the Philippines in 1962, the Tiempos founded the Silliman National Writers Workshop after the objectives of the Iowa writers’ clinic. The annual writing workshop in Dumaguete City is the longest running in Asia.
In the 1960s he taught in two American schools, but it was the Silliman University which Tiempo chose as his base, serving as department chair, graduate school dean, vice-president for academic affairs, and writer-in-residence. He reaped numerous honors for his writing, among them the Cultural Center of the Philippines Prize, Palanca Awards, the National Book Award, and a prize in the U.P. Golden Anniversary Literary Contest.
He authored over a dozen books in his lifetime. Titles include the collections A Stream at Dalton Pass and Other Stories (1970), Snake Twin and Other Stories(1992) and Literary Criticism in the Philippines and Other Essays (1995); as well as the novels Cry Slaughter (1957), which had four New York printings and six European translations, To Be Free (1972), the award-winning More Than Conquerors (1982), and Cracked Mirror (1984). Tiempo died in September of 1996, but his final novel, Farah, saw print in 2001.