Agustin, Jim Pascual. Poet. South Africa

JIM PASCUAL AGUSTIN was born in Marikina, the shoemaking industry capital of the Philippines. During the monsoon season of 1993, he met a Canadian-born South African girl who, like him, was on holiday in the Mountain Province. He went to Cape Town for a brief visit in 1994 and ended up staying. His work has appeared in Rhino, World Literature Today, Modern Poetry in Translation, New Coin, Aerodrome and New Contrast among others. Since 1992 he has published poetry collections in Filipino and English, and a short story collection in Filipino. His eighth book of poetry, Wings of Smoke, was launched in 2017 by Oxford-based The Onslaught Press. In 2018, San Anselmo Publications in Manila will release his latest poetry collection, How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter. Agustin randomly updates his Matangmanok blog (www.matangmanok.wordpress.com).

 

 

 

 

 

Allen, Angelica. Scholar. United States

ANGELICA ALLEN is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.F.A. in Visual Art Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an M.A. in Africana Studies from New York University. Her dissertation project explores a Filipino community known as the Black Amerasians, a population born from the union of African American military men and Filipina women. As both a member of the Black Filipino Amerasian community and scholar of that community’s experiences, her goal is to develop a research project dedicated to advancing social justice by granting more visibility to Black Amerasian perspectives. She was born and raised in Pampanga.

 

 

 

Apostol, Gina. Novelist and writer. United States

GINA APOSTOL’s newest novel, Insurrecto, is forthcoming from Soho Press. Her third book, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines.

 

 

 

 

 

Baicy, Caroline. Scholar. United States

CAROLINE BAICY is a PhD student in History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She received a Master’s degree in Art History, with a focus on modern Philippine art, from the same institution. She has previously worked at the Centre of Philippine Studies, assisting a faculty specialist in a USIP funded grant; as well as the Honolulu Museum of Art, where she researched the Philippine art collection. Her research interests are on the intersections of ethnicity, identity, art making, the politics of representation and recognition in the Philippines.

 

 

 

 

 

Baquiran, Joey. Poet and scholar. Philippines

ROMULO P. BAQUIRAN, JR. teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, 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 translator rendering into Filipino the works of Filipino writers such as Jose Garcia Villa, Lourd de Veyra, among others. 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-English/English-Tagalog Dictionary (2017) and Sanseido Co., Ltd.’s Daily Japanese-Filipino-Engilsh Dictionary (2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Barrios-Leblanc, Joi. Poet and scholar. Philippines and United States

JOI BARRIOS-LEBLANC has published three books of poetry, including the Filipina feminist classic Ang Pagiging Babae ay Pamumuhay sa Panahon ng Digma /To Be Woman is to Live at a Time of War (Babaylan Women’s Publishing Collective, 1990). She is the author of a collection of plays, Bailaya (University of the Philippines Press, 1997), and her dissertation, Mula sa Mga Pakpak ng Entablado: Poetika ng Dulaang Kababaihan (University of the Philippines Press, 2006), is a study of Filipina playwrights. She has won several national writing awards in the Philippines: the Weaver of History Award, given to one hundred Filipinas for their contributions to Philippine society by the National Centennial Commission, 1998; the TOWNS Award (Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service), 2004; and the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas (National Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Award) for Poetry in Filipino, 2016. Barrios currently teaches Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cimatu, Frank. Poet and journalist. Philippines

FRANK CIMATU is a poet and a journalist who has been covering extrajudicial killings or “EJKs” in Northern Luzon. He is a member of the Graveyard Shift, a group of writers and journalists who organize the event Ghost Reading every November 1 (All Soul’s Day), to bring attention to the killings through poetry readings and horror stories. He is also doing research on Rodrigo Duterte, Ferdinand Marcos, Chavit Singson and misplaced machismo for a Manila research group. His book of poems in Filipino is forthcoming from Ateneo de Naga University Press later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Cortes, Fidelito C. Writer. Philippines and United States

FIDELITO C. CORTES has written two books of poetry: Waiting for the Exterminator (Kalikasan Press, 1989) and Everyday Things (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2010). He lives in Long Island, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De la Cruz, Deirdre. Scholar. United States

DEIRDRE DE LA CRUZ  is Director of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History, and Associate Professor of History and Asian Languages and Cultures, at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the book Mother Figured: Marian Apparitions and the Making of a Filipino Universal (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and several articles on religion in the Philippines. Her current projects include a scholarly book on the history of faith healing in the Philippines, an edited volume on religious diversity in the Philippines, and two plays, one on the legacies of Filipinos who fought in WWII, and another that tells the history of Christianity through the eyes of its apostates. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her most un-immaculately conceived son, Kai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desai, Maharaj. Scholar. United States

MAHARAJ “RAJU” DESAI is a scholar whose work crosses the disciplines of ethnic studies, education, Philippine studies, and second language studies. His research explores participatory action research in educational spaces as ways to challenge colonially constructed narratives and identities. His writing has been published in Red, Yellow, Black, and Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Educational Perspectives, and is forthcoming in Rethinking Ethnic Studies. He is currently adjunct faculty in both the Filipino program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the Philippine Studies department at City College of San Francisco. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devilles, Gary. Scholar. Philippines

GARY C. DEVILLES is an assistant professor and current chair of the Filipino Department in Ateneo de Manila University. He received an A.B. Philosophy, M.A. in Literature at Ateneo de Manila University and a Ph.D. in Media Studies from La Trobe University, Australia. His research interests include urban studies, sensory ethnography, and popular culture. His dissertation, “City Sense: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sensing Manila” won the 2016 Nancy Millis Award for Theses of Exceptional Merit. He is the editor of an anthology of Philippine literatures, Pasakalye, and co-editor with Roland Tolentino of an anthology of essays on Philippine popular culture, Espasyo — both published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press. He co-edited Art Sense: Sensing the Arts in the Everyday with Roland Tolentino and Reagan Maiquez. He guest edited the second issue of Katipunan, an online journal on urban space, and an issue on Filipino author Nick Joaquin in Kritika Kultura, an online journal, with Joyce Martin. He is a member of the Manunuri ng mga Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP), a distinguished group of film critics in the Philippines which gives the annual film awards called the Urian.

 

 

 

 

Diaz, Josen Maskangkay. Scholar. United States

JOSEN MASANGKAY DIAZ is Visiting Scholar at the Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles and Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego. Her current work analyzes Filipino American subjectivity at the intersections of liberalism and authoritarianism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangelist, Carina. Scholar. United States

CARINA EVANGELISTA’s research, curatorial, and publishing work straddle the United States and the Philippines. In New York she worked for six years on numerous exhibitions and catalogues at the Museum of Modern Art, and she is currently Editor at Artifex Press. She is contributing author to a number of publications on Philippine contemporary art. Her creative practice has included writing the libretto for the musical Manhid, staged by Ballet Philippines; serving as actor and lyricist for the film Pisay; participating as visual artist in “Open City,” the first Manila Biennale held in Intramuros in 2018. She co-curated an exhibition of Weegee’s photographs from the International Center of Photography at the 2018 Art Fair Philippines. This exhibition provided historical context for the street violence documented by  the photojournalists Raffy Lerma and Ezra Acayan in their coverage of the toll of the Philippine war on drugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fernandez, Juan. Scholar. United States

JUAN FERNANDEZ is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His dissertation is a comparative examination of colonial visual cultures in the Spanish-American Philippines, the Dutch East Indies, and British Malaya from the 1870s to the 1930s. He examines the circulation of ethnological photographs in print media, natural history museum exhibitions, and Worlds’ Fairs to analyze the emergence of a representational photographic idiom. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 2015 and his B.A. from the University of the Philippines in Baguio in 2011. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festin, Rowena. Poet and scholar. Philippines

Si ROWENA FESTIN ay guro, mananaliksik, editor, makata, at kuwentista. Ang kanyang mga tula at maikling kuwento ay nagkamit ng mga pagkilala sa Palanca Awards, Gawad Galian, at Gantimpalang Ani. Kinilala rin siya bilang Makata ng Taon ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. Kinilala ng National Book Development Board (NBDB) at Manila Critics Circle (MCC) ang kanyang aklat na Banayad bilang pinakamahusay na aklat ng mga tula sa taong 2017. Ang kanyang mga tula, maikling kuwento, at mga kritikal na sanaysay tungkol sa panitikan at kulturang Pilipino ay nailathala sa mga lokal at internasyonal na dyornal at antolohiya. Siya ay guro sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas.

ROWENA FESTIN is a teacher, researcher, editor, poet and fiction writer. Her critically acclaimed poems and short stories have received the Palanca Award for Philippine literature, Gawad Galian and the Gantimpalang Ani awards. She was also recognized as Poet of the Year by the Commission for the Philippine Language. Her 2017 collection of poems, Banayad, received the award for the best book of poetry from the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle in the Philippines. Her poems, short stories and critical essays on Philippine literature have appeared in international and Philippine anthologies and journals. She teaches at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

 

 

 

 

Flores, W. Don. Artist. Philippines

W. DON FLORES is an artist based in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. He presently teaches art history, art theory, and painting at the Silliman University Fine Arts Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FML. Scholar. Philippines

FML shares the first name of a former Filipino dictator and the last name of his vice-president. But he is also known in some academic and art circles as a first lady, frequently donning his fabulous terno with butterfly sleeves as though he is always poised for flight. His middle name belongs to a beautiful, sexy Filipina star. His swimsuit photo, submitted at a book lovers conference, has more than two thousand likes and 570 shares, and the photo is often mistaken as a picture of the starlet’s younger sister. “Madame,” as he is fondly called by friends and students, teaches literature, cultural studies, gender and media, and art appreciation at a four hundred year old university in Manila.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria, Eugene. Poet. United States

EUGENE GLORIA’s text is an excerpt from his poem, “The War on Drugs,” that will be in his fourth collection Sightseer in This Killing City, to be published by Penguin-Random House in August 2019. His previous poetry collections are My Favorite Warlord (2012), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Hoodlum Birds (2006), and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (2000), a National Poetry Series selection and recipient of the Asian American Literary Award. He lives in Greencastle, Indiana and teaches at DePauw University.

 

 

 

Gonzales, Vernadette Vicuña. Scholar. United States

VERNADETTE VICUÑA GONZALEZ is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and author of Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai‘i and the Philippines. She is currently at work on two books: Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawai‘i, an edited collection place-based stories and art aimed at reframing encounters with Hawai‘i, and Empire’s Mistress, a tale of Isabel Rosario Cooper, vaudeville and film star and mistress to Douglas MacArthur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guevara, Nerisa del Carmen. Poet and artist. Philippines

NERISA DEL CARMEN GUEVARA is an Associate Professor in the University of Santo 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 completing a Ph.D. 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, Solidarity in Performance Art Festival, PERFORMATURA, and Grace Exhibition Space, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haberkorn, Tyrell. Scholar. United States

TYRELL HABERKORN works on state violence and dissident cultural politics in Thailand and is based in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Revolution Interrupted: Farmers, Students, Law and Violence in Northern Thailand (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), which rethinks the meaning of revolution in terms of legal rather than armed struggle, and In Plain Sight: Impunity and Human Rights in Thailand (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018), a new history of post-absolutist Thailand written through the lens of impunity. Tyrell also writes and translates frequently about Southeast Asia for a broad, public audience, in journals including Dissent, Foreign Affairs, openDemocracy, and Prachatai.

 

 

 

 

Hwang, Maria Cecilia. Scholar. United States and Canada

MARIA CECILIA HWANG completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Brown University. Her areas of research include gender and sexuality, international migration, labor, and globalization. She is currently a Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies at Rice University, and she will begin her appointment as an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Fall 2019. Her dissertation, Shadow Migration and Gendered Illegality: The Temporary Labor Migration of Filipino Sex Workers in Asia, won the 2017-2018 Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences from Brown University. She has published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, WSQ: Women Studies Quarterly, and International Labor and Working-Class History.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Igloria, Luisa. Poet. United States

LUISA A. IGLORIA was the inaugural Glasgow Distinguished Writer in Residence at Washington and Lee University (2018). She was also the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureates Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. Luisa is the author of the full length works The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), and 12 other books. She is also the author of several  chapbooks including What Is Left of Wings, I Ask, which former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey selected as the 2018 recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook award. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. www.luisaigloria.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kilates, Marne. Poet.  Philippines

MARNE KILATES is a poet, translator, editor, formerly a creative director in advertising, and currently a freelance communications consultant and writer. Born as Mariano L. Kilates in 1952 in Daraga, Albay, Marne, under his literary byline, has published six books of poetry and has translated numerous works from Filipino into English by national artists Virgilio Almario and Bienvenido Lumbera, and Rogelio Mangahas, among others. His awards include the National Book Awards, the Palanca Awards and the Southeast Asia Write Award of Thailand. His latest recognition is the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, a lifetime achievement award for his poetry in English from the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), and Bulawan an Bikolnon Award from Ateneo de Naga University. His works may be sampled in his website, “Marnescripts” at http://marnek2.wixsite.com/marnescripts/.

 

 

 

 

 

Labella, John. Poet and scholar. Philippines

 

JOHN B. LABELLA teaches at Ateneo de Manila University, offering courses on poetry as well as on the relationship between political theory and Philippine literature. Recently, he taught a course on violence in Marcosian fiction. His poems have won first prizes in the Philippines and have been published in local and international venues. He is currently working on a book of poems about Cebu, where he was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lacorte, Irma. Artist. Philippines

IRMA LACORTE is a visual artist and educator. In her solo and group exhibitions, her work illustrates gender issues, the impact of mass production, and recent environmental problems in the Philippines. She has worked with various Filipino artists and is a recipient of grants for artist residency programs in the United States and in other countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marquez, Francine,  Writer. Philippines

FRANCINE M. MARQUEZ is a freelance journalist, editor, and artist. She is also founder of Manila Art Allies, a non-profit initiative that aims to promote art and culture events in metro Philippines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manalansan, Martin. Scholar. United States

MARTIN F. MANALANSAN IV is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006). He is editor/co-editor of four anthologies on Filipino studies, migration and gender studies, and food studies. He has also edited several journal special issues and published in journals such as GLQ, Antipode, Cultural Anthropology,  positions: east asian cultural critique, and Radical History among others.  Among his many awards are the Ruth Benedict Prize from the American Anthropological Association in 2003, the Excellence in Mentorship Award in 2013 from Association of Asian American Studies, the Richard Yarborough Mentoring Prize in 2016 from the American Studies Association and the Crompton-Noll Award for the best LGBTQ essay in 2016 from the Modern Language Association. His current book projects include the ethical and embodied dimensions of the lives and struggles of undocumented queer immigrants, Asian American immigrant culinary cultures, sensory, the affective dimensions of Filipino migrant labor, and Filipino return migration.

 

 

 

 

 

Nguyen, Mimi Thi. Scholar. United States

MIMI THI NGUYEN is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also Interim Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies for 2017-2018. Her first book,  The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages, focuses on the promise of “giving” freedom concurrent and contingent with waging war. She is also co-editor with Fiona I.B. Ngo and Mariam Lam of a special issue of positions: asia critique on Southeast Asian American Studies, and co-editor with Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu of Alien Encounters: Pop Culture in Asian America. Her papers have been solicited for the Feminist Theory Archive at Brown University. Her following project is called The Promise of Beauty. She has also published in Signs, Camera Obscura, Women & Performance, positions, Radical History Review, and ArtForum. Nguyen was named a John and Grace A. Nicholson Scholar in 2017, a designation supporting excellence in philosophical inquiry at the University of Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parba, Jayson. Scholar and poet. United States

JAYSON PARBA received a Ph.D. in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. His primary focus in both research and teaching is social justice in education. He specializes in second and heritage language teaching of Filipino in the U.S. context, particularly in Hawai’i. His research interests include critical pedagogy, heritage language teaching, language policy, planning and practices, critical literacy in heritage language and ESL (English as a second language) contexts, and teacher learner identities. He is an experienced teacher of various subjects such as ESL, Philippine literature, English, and world literature. He holds a B.A. degree in Secondary Education major in English and an M.A. in English from Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan in the Philippines. Some of his literary works were published in Dagmay: The Literary Journal of Davao Writers Guild and in Carayan Journal of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. He speaks English, Filipino, and Cebuano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reyes, Lina Sagaral. Poet and journalist. Philippines

LINA SAGARAL REYES is special correspondent at Mindanao Gold Star Daily in Cagayan de Oro City and occasionally contributes to the bi-weekly Mindanao Observer in Dipolog City. She also writes for World Pulse, an Oregon-based digital women’s network. Sagaral Reyes is featured in Voices on the Waters: Conversation with Five Mindanao Writers, and on Payag Habagatan, an online journal of new writings from Southern Philippines.

 

 

 

 

Roma, Dinah. Poet and scholar. Philippines

DINAH ROMA is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at De La Salle University Manila. She is the author of three award-winning books of poetry, A Feast of Origins (University of Santo Tomas 2007), Geographies of Light (UST 2011), and Naming the Ruins (Vagabond Press, 2014). She is at work on her fourth collection of poetry entitled Inevitable Allusions which is for release in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosca, Ninotchka. Novelist and writer. United States

NINOTCHKA ROSCA is a novelist and journalist, as well as an activist.  She has published seven books of short stories, novels and non-fiction.  She is also an activist and helped create the women’s organization AF3IRM.  She lives in New York City but travels constantly.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schlund-Vials, Cathy J. Scholar. United States

CATHY J. SCHLUND-VIALS is Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, where she also serves as the Associate Dean for Humanities and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition to numerous articles, book chapters, and edited and co-edited collections, she is the author of two monographs: Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple UP 2011) and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work. Schlund-Vials is presently working on two book-length projects: “Prosthetic Ecologies: Disability, Environment, and Human Rights” and “Militarized Excess: Sublimity, Violence, and U.S. Empire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See, Sarita Echavez. Scholar. United States

SARITA ECHAVEZ SEE is the author of the books The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance (University of Minnesota Press) and The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation and Resistance in the American Museum (New York University Press), and she is a member of the editorial collective for the anthology Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke University Press). She lives in Los Angeles, California, and she teaches in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stapleton, Lara. Writer. United States

LARA STAPLETON is the author of The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (Aunt Lute 1998), a PEN Open Book Committee Selection and an Independent Booksellers’ Selection. She is also the winner of the Columbia Journal Award, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, and the Hopwood Award for Fiction. Her fiction, poems and essays have been published in dozens of journals, including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ms., Glimmer Train and The Indiana Review.  She is currently partnered with producer Rachel Watanabe-Batton on the television series 1850, set in antebellum New Orleans. Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, she went to sixth grade in Quezon city, from where her mother hails and where her extended family resides. New York City, land of a thousand thousand travelers, is her beloved home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunico, Ramón C. Poet and writer. Philippines

RAMÓN C. SUNICO is an internationally published poet, book publisher, editor, writer, book designer, and the author of several books, including the acclaimed poetry books The Secret of Graphite: Poems in Two Tongues and Bruise: A Two Tongue Job. He is the recipient of the Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas for poetry (the Writers Union of the Philippines), the Fr. Henry Lee Irwin Chair in Creative Writing (Ateneo de Manila University) and other important prizes like the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Literary Awards, the Anvil Award for Coffeetable Book Text and Design and National Book Awards as author, editor, and/or designer. He was manager of Carmelo & Bauermann Printing Corp and Cacho Publishing House. He pioneered in desktop publishing, bilingual books for children, and, an internet listserv (mailing list) on Philippine culture. He now teaches at Ateneo’s School of Humanities and the Center for Journalism.

 

 

Tagle, Thea Quiray. Scholar. United States

THEA QUIRAY TAGLE, PhD, is a scholar, curator, writer and teacher whose research investigates contemporary visual art and site-specific performance; visual cultures of violence; and urban planning and waste. Her writing has been published in The Journal of Critical Ethnic Studies, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, The Center for Art + Thought, ArtPractical, and Hyperallergic. In 2018, she curated three exhibitions: AFTER LIFE (what remains) and Queer Value for The Alice (Seattle, WA) and Minoosh Zomorodinia: Colonial Walk (Feast Arts Center, Tacoma, WA). Thea is currently a faculty member at the University of Washington Bothell in American and Ethnic Studies; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; and the MA Program in Cultural Studies. She writes against disappearance; she writes so that this violence will never happen again. www.theaquiraytagle.com

 

 

 

 

 

Torres, Gerardo Z. Writer and translator. Philippines

Si GERARDO Z. TORRES ay nakapaglathala na ng dalawang koleksyon ng mga kuwento: Pink Men in Love and Other Stories (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2005) at Kulay Rosas ang Pintig ng Puso: Mga Maikling Kuwento (C & E Publishing, Inc. at De La Salle University-Manila, 2009). Nakapagsalin na rin siya sa Filipino at Ingles ng ilang akdang pampanitikan, kabilang ang Madame Bovary ni Gustave Flaubert (mula sa salin sa Ingles ni Lowell Bair) para sa Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino at Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining noong 2017.

GERARDO Z. TORRES has published two collections of stories: Pink Men in Love and Other Stories (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2005) and Pink is the Color of Heartbeat: Short Stories (C & E Publishing, Inc. and De La Salle University-Manila, 2009). He has also translated some literary works into Filipino and English, including Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (from Lowell Bair’s English translation) for the Commission on the Filipino Language and National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2017.

 

 

 

Tungohan, Ethel. Scholar. Canada

ETHEL TUNGOHAN is a Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts, and Activism and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Politics at York University. Her work looks at migrant activism and labour migration policies. She is also a member of Gabriela-Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yambao, Clod Marlan Krister. Scholar. Philippines

CLOD MARLAN KRISTER V. YAMBAO is a fellow and a doctoral student of Political Science of the Conflict Research Group, Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and the Doctoral School of Social and Behavioral Science in Ghent University, Belgium. He is also an Assistant Professor of Art Studies in the College of Art and Letters at the University of the Philippines, Diliman (on study leave), where he teaches courses in aesthetic and art theory, perspectives in art history, mass and popular culture, theories on contemporary art and culture, gender and queer studies in the arts, conflict and culture, postcolonial/ “non-western” theories of art, and the study of the everyday life. He has also published several peer- reviewed journal articles on the history of installation art in the Philippines, globalization, migration  and aesthetics, popular culture, time, the institutional theory of art, and queer studies.