Alton Melvar Dapanas is the associate editor of Mindanao Odysseys: A Collection of Travel Essays, general editor of Bukambibig, a multilingual journal of spoken word and performance poetry, co-editor of Libulan: Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature, and editor for essay & nonfiction of Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao. He is the author of two forthcoming books—The Cartographies of Our Skin: Lyric Essays (2018) and An Archipelago of Napes and Other Prose Poems (2019). Writing, translating, and editing in Binisaya and in English, his poems, nonfiction memoirs, travel writings, and lyric essays have been published in online and print magazines, journals, and anthologies in 7 countries on 3 continents. He is affiliated with the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators, and spearheads writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro. Currently, he is writing for the European Union’s Mindanao Interfaith Institute on Lumad Studies and has weekly segment at the Mindanao Gold Star Daily, and is working on a fiction and nonfiction anthology about conflict/postconflict Lumad and Moro areas in Mindanao and his third book, a micro-essay collection, to be titled The Rain Displaces The River.
Arian Tejano earned her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines-Mindanao. She was also a fellow at the Davao Writers Workshop. A poet and a photographer, she balances her time between Tandag, Surigao del Sur and Dumaguete, and occasionally travels around Asia for the love and self-exploration. In 2015, her poem When A Lady Boy Loves A Foreign Man won first prize at “The Other Side” poetry contest of Hong Kong-based Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She is a marketing analyst by profession.
Christine F Godinez-Ortega is the long-time workshop director of the annual Iligan National Writers’ Workshop & Literature Teachers Conference. She holds a Doctor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from De La Salle University and Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Silliman University. She is the president of the Mindanao Creative Writers Group, Inc. and has served as Head of the National Literary Arts Committee of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Also a member of the Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, and Novelists) and the Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators, she has received fellowships from the Silliman National Summer Writers Workshop, the UP National Writers Workshop, the Cornelio Faigao Writers Workshop, and the Sumitomo Foundation Japan and has represented the country in numerous events abroad including the Hyderabad Literary Festival and ASEAN Literary Festival in Jakarta. She is a recipient of the Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez conferred by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) and the CMO Asia 2016 for Leadership in Education. Recently, she has retired as a professor at the Department of English of Mindanao State University’s Iligan Institute of Technology but is currently serving as a lecturer at the same university’s graduate program in Culture and Arts Studies.
Critic, poet, and curator, Charlie Samuya Veric is broadly interested in cultural theory, postcolonial studies, poetry, and visual culture, especially as these relate to interdisciplinary questions in Philippine studies as well as American studies. Born and raised in Aklan, his critical essays have been published in American Quarterly, Common Knowledge, Kritika Kultura, Perspectives in Arts and the Humanities Asia, Philippine Studies, Rethinking History, and Social Text, among others. He has authored two bestselling and acclaimed poetry books, Histories (2015) and Boyhood: A Long Lyric (2017), both published by Ateneo de Manila University Press. (The books may be purchased at these websites: http://www.ateneo.edu/ateneopress/product/histories-poems-print and http://www.ateneo.edu/ateneopress/product/boyhood-long-lyric.) Recently, he curated Figuring Filipino Utopia, an exhibition that looked at the permanent collection of the Ateneo Art Gallery in the context of decolonization and utopia. He is at work on a book project, titled Children of the Postcolony, which examines the thoughts of the first generation of Filipino intellectuals following the declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States and how they have shaped the conception of a decolonizing culture. He received his PhD in American Studies from Yale University, the first Filipino to hold such a distinction, where his dissertation—titled Techniques of the Face: An Essay on Everyday Embodiment, Representation, and Consciousness—was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship and approved without revision by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He teaches literature and cultural theory at Ateneo de Manila University. In Spring of 2018, he will be serving as a Writing Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa.
Johanna Michelle Lim is an essayist and travel writer based in Cebu City. After university, she became involved in advocacies like poverty alleviation and education, during which she started her long excursions around the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She has been a fellow at the 54th Silliman University National Writers’ Workshop and has a forthcoming work at Mindanao Odysseys: A Collection of Travel Essays on Mindanao. She will launch her first collection of travel essays this February 2018 called What Distance Tells Us.
This 16 December 2017, writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) will launch three titles—Christian S Baldomero’s “When The World Offers You Loneliness”, Adeva Jane Esparrago’s “Do Not Fall In Love With A Poet: Collected Spoken Word Poems (2013-2017)”, and Melrein John Viado’s “Mula Sa Ikatlong Palapag: Mga Piling Tula”—under its publication arm Bulawan Books.