Ronald Baytan is an associate professor in the Literature Department and the director of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center at De La Salle University. He holds a Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He teaches queer/gay/gender studies, creative writing, poetry, creative nonfiction, and Philippine literature. He is the author of The Queen Sings the Blues: Poems, 1992 -2002(Anvil, 2007) and The Queen Lives Alone: Personal Essays(UP Press, 2012). He is the editor of Lit Matters: A Manual for Teaching Philippine Literature(Anvil, 2014).