Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr. teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman, Quezon City. He has published several books of poems and essays–Mga Tula ng Paglusong (Poems of Entering the Water, 1992), Onyx (2003), and Kung Nanaisin (If You Like, 2009). Sagad sa Buto (Into the Marrow, 2011), and Hiwatig (Meaning, 2015). He is also a drama translator rendering into the Philippine national language the works of William Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Kalidasa, and Eugene O’Neill. He also taught Tagalog language and Philippine Culture as a Visiting Professor at the Osaka University in 2014-2017. He is one of the editors of Tuttle Publishing Company’s Concise Tagalog-Englsh/English-Tagalog Dictionary (2017).