Joel M. Toledo holds a Masters degree in English Studies (Poetry) from the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he likewise finished two undergraduate degrees (Journalism and Creative Writing). He has authored five books of poetry – Chiaroscuro , The Long Lost Startle, Ruins and Reconstructions, Fault Setting, and The Blue Ones are Machines. Toledo was the recipient of the 2006 NCCA Literary Prize and has won awards for his poetry in English, including two Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, The Philippines Free Press Literary Award, The Meritage Press Poetry Prize in San Francisco, USA, and was the first Asian to win the Bridport Prize for Poetry in Dorset, United Kingdom. He was the last Literary Editor of the now-defunct Philippines Free Press magazine. A recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Creative Arts Residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy, he was the Philippine delegate to the 2011 International Writers Program at the University of Iowa, USA. He is currently working on his sixth collection of poems. Toledo teaches Literature at Miriam College.