Santiago, Jess

Jesus M. Santiago (aka Jess Santiago) is a freelance book designer, editor and translator. He is married to Lilia Quindoza Santiago, Ph.D., fiction writer, poet and professor of literature at the University of the Philippines.

He was musical director of Lino Brocka’s Kapit sa Patalim, Grand Prize winner at the British Film Festival in 1984. His poems and song have been published in national and international magazines, textbooks, and anthologies. Several of his songs and poems have been translated into other Philippine languages as well as into English, German, Dutch, French, Japanese, Nepalese, Tamil, Indonesians, Thai, Korean and Portuguese.

He was declared “Poet of the Year” for two consecutive years (1978, 1979) by the Institute (now Commission) of National Language. He has won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Literary Contest, and the Palihang Aurelio V. Tolentino Playwriting Contest.

His book, Gitara: Poems/Mga Tula 1975-1985, came out in 1997 while his Filipino translation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was released by Sentro ng Wikang Filipino in 2003.

In 2002 he received the “Gawad Nuno ng Tbak sa Kaliwagan” from the Tbak Foundation in recognition of his contribution through songs and poetry to the enlightenment of the Filipino people during the Martial law regime.

Santiago has just recently finished his research, “The Song as Venue for Developmental Education and People’s Advocacy in Okinawa, Chiangmai and Yogyakarta,” as a fellow of the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowship Program (2005-2006).

Sicat-Cleto, Luna

Si Luna Sicat-Cleto ay nagtuturo ng Malikhaing Pagsulat at Panitikan sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman. Awtor siya ng Makinilyang Altar (UP Press, 2003) at ng Mga Prodigal (Anvil, 2010). Nitong 2018, nailathala niya ang kanyang kuleksiyon ng mga tula sa Bago Mo Ako Ipalaot (High Chair). Siya rin ang patnugot ( katuwang si Rolando Tolentino) ng Sapantaha: Kalipunan ng mga Kuwentong Spekulatibo at Imahinatibo (UP Press, 2017) at ng Kapag Sumalupa ang Gunita: Mga Piling Journal Entries ni Rogelio Sicat (Ateneo de Naga, 2018). Fellow siya ng UP Institute of Creative Writing at kasalukuyang Vice Head ng Literary Arts sa National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Quina, Francis Paolo

Francis Paolo Quina is an assistant professor at Department of English and Comparative Literature in the UP Diliman, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Creative Writing. He is the Deputy Director of the UP Institute of Creative Writing.

His fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have been published in the Philippines and internationally, most recently in Tomas (University of Santo Tomas Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, Manila, 2017) and The Best Asian Short Stories(KITAAB, Singapore, 2017). His first short story collection, Field of Play and Other Stories, was published by Visprint in 2018. ​

Teodoro, John Iremil

John Iremil Teodoro is from San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. He is Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator at the Literature Department in the College of Liberal Arts of De La Salle University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Literature from DLSU. He is a multi-awarded writer in Kinaray-a, Filipino, Hiligaynon, and English. He is the author of more than 12 books and his collection of short essays Pagmumuni-muni at Pagtatalak ng Sirenang Nagpapanggap na Prinsesa won the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board. Teodoro is also a scholar of Hiligaynon Literature. He contributes reviews, travel pieces, and cultural reportage to AGUNG, The Daily Tribune, and Liwayway magazine. He is presently the Secretary General of Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL or the Writers Union of the Philippines.) On weekdays he lives in a condominium unit with a view of Manila Bay and on weekends he lives in Pasig City where he owns a small garden with bougainvilleas.

Yapan, Alvin B.

Si Alvin Yapan o Vim Yapan ay isang premyadong kuwentista sa Filipino. Kabilang sa kanyang mga publikasyon ang Sangkatauhan Sangkahayupan(2017 National Book Award, Maikling Kuwento ). Isa rin siyang manlilikha ng pelikula, kabilang na rito ang Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa(2011), EDSA(2016) at Oro (2016). Nagkamit siya ng doktorado sa Araling Pilipino (Philippine Studies) sa Unibersidad ng Piliipinas. Kasalukuyan siyang nagtuturo sa Kagawaran ng Filipino, Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila.

Guevara, Nerisa del Carmen

Nerisa del Carmen Guevara is an Associate Professor of the University of Sto. Tomas Department of Literature. She has exhibited her installations and performance pieces at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and other spaces.

She has received a Palanca Award for Poetry, a Silver Cup for Dance Solo in the April Spring Festival in Pyongyang, and a Catholic Mass Media Award. Guevara has an M.A. in English Studies from University of the Philippines, Diliman. She is currently taking a PhD in Creative Writing in the same university.

A featured Southeast Asian performance artist, documentation of her “Elegies” and “Infinite Gestures” are currently in the archives of The Live Art Digital Agency (LADA), London. She has done performance art pieces for the Philippine International Performance Art Festival, SIPA International Performance Art Festival, PERFORMATURA, and Grace Exhibition Space, New York.

Evasco, Eugene

Si Eugene Y. Evasco ay manunulat, editor, tagasalin, at kolektor ng mga aklat pambata. Kasalukuyan siyang Professor ng panitikan at malikhaing pagsulat sa Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, UP Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura. Ilan sa mga aklat niya ang Mga Pilat sa Pilak: Mga Personal na Sanaysay(UST Publishing House), May Tiyanak sa Loob ng Aking Bag: Mga Tulang Pambata(Anvil), Ang Singsing-Pari sa Pisara(Lampara), Ang Nag-iisa at Natatanging si Onyok(Lampara) at ang salin ng Charlotte’s Web(Lampara) ni E.B. White at The Secret(Anvil) ni Lin-Acacio Flores. Nagwagi siya noong 2014 ng UP Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino (Kategorya ng Malikhaing Pagsulat). Naging bahagi siya sa Hall of Fame ng Carlos Palanca Award for Literature noong 2009, dalawang ulit nagwagi ng Grand Prize sa Philippine Board on Books for Young People, Makata ng Taon 2000, National Children’s Book Award, at National Book Award para sa Young Adult Literature. Kasakuluyan siyang Associate ng UP Institute of Creative Writing. Naging Research Fellow siya noong 2016 sa International Youth Library sa Munich, Germany upang manaliksik sa mga aklat pambata na may temang LGBT.

Macansantos, Monica

Monica Macansantos is a product of the University of the Philippines Creative Writing program, where she earned her BA in Creative Writing, magna cum laude, in 2007. She was a James A. Michener Fellow in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry in 2013, and earned her PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington in 2018. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in failbetter.comWSQ: Women’s Studies QuarterlyThe Masters Review Anthology, Day OneAotearotica, and Takahe, among other places. Her essay, “Becoming A Writer: The Silences We Write Against”, was named a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016. Her story, “Leaving Auckland”, was a Top 25 Finalist in the Summer 2016 Glimmer Train Fiction Open, while her story, “Stopover”, earned an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her work has been recognized with residencies at Hedgebrook and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is currently Branches nonfiction editor of Rambutan Literary and is represented by Kerry D’Agostino of Curtis Brown, Ltd. in New York City. Follow her on twitter @missmacansantos.

LIST OF WORKS

Fiction

“A Fair Face” (novel excerpt). WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly: Spring/Summer 2018. New York (published by the Feminist Press at CUNY)

“Nina” (excerpt). Aotearotica: Vol. 1, 2016. (Christchurch, New Zealand)

“Playing With Dolls.” Day One: 17 February, 2016.  (New York)

(reissued as a Kindle Single by Amazon’s Little A Books)

“Into Lightness.” Shirley: Issue 2, Summer 2015. (Oregon)

“Love and Other Rituals.” Thin NoonIssue 1, 2015. (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island)

“Maricel.” The Fictioneer: Winter 2015. (Davis, California)

Creative Nonfiction

“The Gift of Connection.” ​Takahe Magazine: Issue 92, April 2018. (online and print) Christchurch, New Zealand

“Learning to Grieve.” The Grief Diaries: Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2017. (TGD Special Feature) New York

“My Father’s Pancit.” The New Filipino Kitchen: Agate Surrey, 2018. Chicago

“You’re Here Because You’re Good.” Hedgebrook (alumnae blog)8 September, 2016. (Whidbey Island/Seattle, Washington)

“Becoming a Writer: The Silences We Write Against.” TAYO Literary Magazine: 31 May, 2015. (San Francisco, California) — Recognized in: The Best American Essays 2016, ed. Jonathan Franzen and Robert Atwan, Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction  

“The Day I Was a Comfort Woman.” Your Impossible Voice: Summer 2014.

Poetry

“Six War Haikus.” Cha: An Asian Literary Journal: Issue 34, December 2016. (Hong Kong)

“Afternoon in Laguna” and “Return to Maguindanao.” TAYO Literary Magazine: Issue 5, 2015-2016. (San Francisco, California)

“Christmas House, Vallejo, California” https://www.willowpressco.com/shop/willow-vol-1

“Homing In” in Willow Zine (Winnipeg, Canada). https://www.willowpressco.com/shop/willow-vol-1

Author’s website: monicamacansantos.com

Macansantos, Priscilla Supnet

Priscilla Supnet Macansantos writes poetry, nonfiction and fiction in English, Filipino and Iluko, her native language. She has won prizes for her poetry from Home Life and Focus magazines, and was awarded for her essay “Departures” in the 1998 Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature. She was head of the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) Committee on Literary Arts from 2011 to December 2013, and was Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Baguio until April 2012. She attended Creative Writing Workshops held by the University of the Philippines and Silliman University in Dumaguete City. She has also served in the teaching panel of the Cordillera Creative Writers’ Workshop, the Western Mindanao Writers’ Workshop, and Lamiraw. She is a member of Philippine PEN, and holds a PhD in Mathematics.

LIST OF WORKS

“Unnecessary Fictions,” (short story) in Twenty-Two New Asian Short Stories, Mohammad Quayum (editor), Silverfish Books, Kuala Lumpur, 2016

“Baguio Earthquake: A Shaken City,” (essay) in Philippine Pen Journal, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Volume 1, 2014, Phil. Center of International PEN, Inc.

“The Patience of Mother,” (essay) in Motherhood Statements, Cyan Abad and Rica Santos (editors), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2013

“Dumaguete – writers’ haven,”(essay) in The Dumaguete We Know, Merlie M. Alunan (editor), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2012

“A visit,” (poem) in Silliman Journal, special issue, 2012

“Revisiting Burnham,” (poem) in baguio calligraphy, F. Macansantos and L. Maranan (editors), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2010. (also in Sunday Inquirer)

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times,” (essay) in The Baguio We Know, Grace Subido (editor), Anvil Publishing, 2009.

“Ang Birhen Sa Lipa,” “Ladingit/Grief”(poems) in Ani 37, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2012

“Flood,” “Close Calls”(poems) in Ani 36, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2011

Carreon, Shane

Charmaine L. CarreonCharmaine L. Carreon (Shane Carreon) is author of Travelbook (UP Press, 2013) and Then, Beast(UP Press, 2017). Ze received an Academy of American Poets Prize, an honourable mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, as well the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and the Nick Joaquin Literary Award. Hir poems have been consecutively nominated for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Intro Journals Project. Hir poems and fiction appear in Little Things: An Anthology of Poetry(Ethos Books, Singapore), Veils, Halos and Shackles(Kasva Press, Israel), Typhoon

Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets(Meritage Press, St. Helena & San Francisco), Querida(Anvil, Philippines), Press: 100 Love Letters(UP Press, Philippines), Kritika Kultura, Tomás Anniversary Issue, Callisto: A Queer Fiction Journaland elsewhere.Currently on a Fulbright Fellowship, ze lives in Cebu and New York.