Si R.B.Abiva ay dating bilanggong politikal. Nagsusulat siya ng tula at maikling kuwento sa wikang Iloko at Filipino. Siya ang awtor ng Tuligsa at iba pang mga tula; Pantas Publishing, Lungsod Quezon, 2018 at Agaw Agimat: Parnaso ng Isang Bilanggong Politikal; Pantas Publishing, Lungsod Quezon, 2019. Kontribyutor sa mga antolohiya gaya ng Hulagpos: Kalipunan ng mga tula ng mga Bilanggong Politikal; Selda, Lungsod Quezon, 2016 at AKDA: Volume 5; Kamandag, Lungsod Quezon. Isa siya sa patnugot ng Pandayan ng Paninindigan: Pagbisita at iba pang mga tula ni Ben Concio Quilloy;ASCENT, Lungsod Quezon, 2019. Nalathala na ang kanyang mga tula sa Liwayway, Bannawag, Tawid News Magazine, Philippine Collegian, Pinoy Weekly, Bulatlat.com, Northern Dispatch Weekly, Manila Today, Kodao.org at PinoyReporter.com. Nagwagi siya ng Unang Gantimpala sa BJMP Regional Essay Writing Contest noong 2016 at naging finalist sa 1st Gabriela Prize Poetry Contest noong 2018. Fellow siya ng 11th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (Maikling Kuwento) ng UP Diliman, 6th Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop (Tula) ng UP Baguio, at 9th Pasnaan-Jeremias A. Calixto Ilokano Writers Workshop (Daniw) ng GUMIL-Filipinas (Gunglo Dagiti Mannurat Ti Iloko) at Mariano Marcos State University. Miyembro siya ng KM 64 Writers Collective at ng Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP).
Ronnie E. Baticulon is a pediatric neurosurgeon, teacher, and writer. An Oblation scholar, he is a graduate of the seven-year Integrated Liberal Arts-Medicine (INTARMED) program of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency training in Philippine General Hospital and his fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He is currently associate professor in anatomy at UP College of Medicine. At the start of his internship year in medical school, he became a fellow of the University of Santo Tomas National Writers Workshop (2007). His essays have been published in Inquirer’s YoungBlood, Rappler.com, Philippine Panorama, Health and Lifestyle magazine, and Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. In 2018, he won 2nd Prize for essay at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His first book, Some Days You Can’t Save Them All, is set to be published by The University of the Philippines Press. He blogs at http://ronibats.ph, and you can follow him on Twitter @ronibats, where he tweets about #neurosurgery, #MedSchool, #fiction, #DoctorWho, and other geeky things.
Si Paul Alcoseba Castillo ay nagtuturo ng Panitikan at Humanidades sa Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas at nagtapos ng M.A. Creative Writing. Kasalukuyan siyang kumukuha ng Doktorado sa Panitikan sa Gradwadong Paaralan nito. Kinilala na ang mga tula niya sa Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards (Unang Gantimpala; 2018), Makata ng Taon: Talaang Ginto (Ikatlong Gantimpala; 2017 at 2018), Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards (Ikatlong Gantimpala; 2013), at Gawad USTetika (Rector’s Literary Award). Siya ang awtor ng Walang Iisang Salita (2018) na inilathala UST Publishing House.
Christopher Gozum is a filmmaker based in his hometown of Bayambang, Pangasinan. He studied Film at the University of the Philippines and is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy (South Korea). His Pangasinan films received major awards in the Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, Cinemanila International Film Festival, Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema), and the Gawad Urian. Gozum’s films have been curated and programmed at international film festivals, contemporary art museums, and new media art platforms in the Philippines and abroad. He participated in the 2nd Southeast Asian Film Lab and the Berlinale Talents. He was also the recipient of the Seoul Film Commission’s Screenplay Development Support. Gozum worked in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2007 to 2015.
Jerome M. Hipolito is a Bikolnon writer. He authored Oda sa Tadik (2010) published under Ubod Series by NCCA and Lobo (2012) published by Bicol University College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL). He won the second prize at the Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon in poetry category for his work Pagbunag nin Paroy asin iba pan rawitdawit in 2008. Recently, he is among the winners of the First Valledor Award for Bikol Novel for his work Dyurnal Intris. He is a member of Parasurat Bikolnon, Kabulig Bikol, and The Writers Project. He teaches in Central Bicol State University of Agriculture-Calabanga.
Charmaine Lasar is a Palanca Awardee and a National Book Awardee. She has been writing fiction for almost seven years now and is one of the fellows at the 11th Palihang Rogelio Sicat. Since 2013, she has been an active participant of various writing competitions in which she has bagged several awards. She won Best Fiction in Filipino at the 36th National Books Award (2017), took home the Grand Prize in Nobela Category at the 65th Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature (2015), and bagged the First Prize in Saranggola Blog Awards’ Maikling Kuwento Category (2014). She has several published books including Toto O, Quantum Meruit and Ab Initio. Aside from juggling several writing projects, she is currently working at First Industrial Science and Technology School as a faculty member.
Sarah Lumba writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and scripts for TV. Her short story collection The Shoemaker’s Daughter and Other Stories (Visprint 2018) includes a novella on the tumultuous Martial Law era, reimagined as a fairy tale. Her other works have appeared in The Philippines Graphic, The Manila We Know, and Landscapes: The Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language. She is a Palanca Award winner, and she teaches English at UP Diliman.
Gerardo Los Baños teaches English and Creative Writing as a faculty member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature in UP Diliman. He is the author of the novel Playing It Safe published by Cacho Publishing House and co-editor of the CNF anthology “UP Diliman: Home and Campus” published by the UP Press. He currently serves as deputy director of the UP Press.
Dawn Laurente Marfil is the author of Looking for Polaris, a memoir. She graduated cum laude from UST with an AB in Literature, and earned her MA in Creative Writing from UP Diliman where she is currently working on her PhD. She was a fellow of the 3rd J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop for Arts Criticism in 2011 and at the UST Creative Writing Workshop, 2012. She is an Assistant Professor at the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters, a Resident Fellow of UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, and a Research Fellow of the UST Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities.
Francis Paolo Quina teaches composition, literature, and creative writing courses at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He has won a Palanca for the short story in 2018. His fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. His first book, Field of Play and Other Fictions, was published by Visprint, Inc. in 2018.
Denver Ejem Torres is the author of Hate-eating Birds (Xavier University Press, 2018). His poems and essays have appeared in various magazines, journals and anthologies here and abroad. His essay, Restoring The Lost Hiniktan, was included in Kritika Kultura’s anthology on the Contemporary Philippine Essay. Currently, he is working on completing his second collection of poems (Camaman-an) and two collections of personal essays (When we speak of and The Sabungero’s Son). He has a day job and works as a Risk Analyst for an Australian insurance company. He is from Cagayan de Oro but has been based in Cebu City since 2010.
Christian Vallez (Juan Ekis) ang sagisag panulat ni X Vallez. Isa siyang premyadong mandudula, makata, direktor, at guro. Nagwagi ng Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature ang kanyang mga dula noong 2003, Twenty Questions, at 2010, Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter, at ang kanyang koleksiyon ng tula Sa Pagitan Ng Banal at Karnal noong 2017. Itinanghal na ang ilan sa kanyang mga dula sa Virgin Labfest sa CCP, sa Short and Sweet Festival, at sa iba’t ibang tanghalan sa iba’t ibang Unibersidad sa Pilipinas. Nagtapos siya ng kanyang Master’s Degree sa IT, sa Humanities, at sa Business Economics sa University of Asia and the Pacific. Dito rin siya nagtuturo ng Multimedia Systems at Storifying Data Analytics. Nagtuturo din siya ng Malikhaing Pagsulat at Theatre Arts. Aktibong kasapi siya ng LIRA (Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo), na itinatag ng pambansang alagad ng sining na si Virgilio Almario. Kasapi din siya ng Writers’ Bloc, isang grupo ng mga mandudulang Filipino. Sampung taon siyang naging Associate Director ng batikang direktor na si Marilou Diaz-Abaya. Kasalukuyan siyang Strategy Consultant sa Overmind, isang consulting company na gumagamit ng kuwento upang bumuo ng istratehiya para sa mga organisasyon.