Saquina Karla C. Guiam was born in Cotabato City and has been living in General Santos City for the past twenty-something years. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in the Rising Phoenix Review, Scrittura Magazine, Suffragette City, Dulcet Quarterly, The Fem Lit Mag, Geometry Literary, and others. She is a nonfiction editor of Rambutan Literary. She graduated from Mindanao State University–General Santos City with a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Ateneo de Davao University.
Jude Ortega has been a fellow for fiction at the 2016 UP National Writers Workshop and in five other writers workshops. His stories have appeared in Likhaan, Philippines Graphic, Expanded Horizons, and SanAg, among other venues. His novel manuscript, “Rajah Muda,” has been accepted for publication by UP Press. He divides his time between Senator Ninoy Aquino and Isulan, both in Sultan Kudarat Province.
M.J. Cagumbay Tumamac is a writer for children and reading advocate.
Prescilla Dorado studied creative writing at the University of the Philippines–Mindanao. She was a fellow for fiction at the 2013 Davao Writers Workshop and the 2014 Silliman University National Writers Workshop.
Rita Gadi studied philosophy, anthropology, and law from different universities in Manila, and is a journalist by profession. She worked as assistant editor to F. Sionil Jose’s La Solidaridad Publications and as editor in chief of The Philippine Chronicle. She won her first Palanca for poetry when she was seventeen, and she has since been awarded the National Centennial Poet Award in 1998, and the New York City Poetry Award in 2010. Now based in Manila, she has deep roots in Kidapawan, where both her parents were elected mayor and where at some point she acted as OIC mayor. Many of her poems are introspective of Kidapawan and the province of Cotabato, a collection of which was published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in 2010.
Estrella Taño Golingay of Surallah, South Cotabato, has a PhD in language education and is a retired professor of Notre Dame of Marbel University. In 1994, her poem “Si Nene at Ako sa Pagitan ng Gabi” won the first prize in the poetry contest of Home Life magazine.
Generoso Opulencia was born in Isabela, Negros Occidental, in July 1939. He has an AB degree in foreign languages, specifically Japanese and Russian, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from San Francisco State College (now University) in California. He earned doctoral units at Silliman University, where he learned the craft of writing from Dr. Edith Tiempo. After teaching in several tertiary institutions in Visayas and Mindanao, he retired from Notre Dame of Marbel University in 2002.
Alvin Pomperada of General Santos City is a fourth year management accounting student at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. He is currently the external vice president of Likas Teatro, a theater organization in his school. His poems have been warmly received in spoken word events in the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, and Tacurong.