R Joseph Dazo writes short stories and flash fiction in Binisaya. He is a fellow for fiction at the 16th Iyas National Writers’ Workshop (De La Salle University-Bienvenido N Santos Creative Writing Center), an officer of writers group Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang-Sugbo, and workshop coordinator of the annual BATHALAD-Sugbo’s Kagis Creative Writers Workshop. In 2016, he was the awardee of the Labing Masaarong Bag-ong Magsusulat sa Bisaya (Most Promising Young Writer in Bisaya). His works appeared in Manila Bulletin’s Bisaya Magasin, Bukambibig Poetry Folio of Spoken Word Philippines, The Kill List Chronicles, and New Reader Magazine. He is a co-editor of Libulan Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature. He will also serve as the general editor of the forthcoming literary journal, Dan-ag Literary Journal of Central Visayas. He is also a core member of YOUTeacH Philippines – Central Visayas. He currently teaches literature, research, and creative writing courses at the Department of Education at City of Naga, Cebu. He obtained his Master of Arts (MA) in Literature from Cebu Normal University and served as the workshop director of the annual Cebu Young Writers’ Studio. His short fiction collection Mga Pamaagi sa Pagpabilin ug Pagbiya is forthcoming.
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.