Issue Editor and Authors

Issue Editor

M.J. Cagumbay Tumamac is a writer and reading advocate from southern Mindanao.


Alvin Pomperada is a writer and spoken word artist from General Santos City. He was proclaimed champion at the 2018 Gensan Summer Youth Fest and second runner-up at the 2017 Hugot sa Kalilangan. He earned his management accounting degree at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University.

Boon Lauw hails from General Santos City and works as a high school teacher. He is a fellow for novel at the 3rd Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio organized in 2018 by Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing. He is the recipient for the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY)-Salanga Prize 2020 for his novel for children Team Abangers at ang Estilong Trumpo.

China Pearl Patria M. De Vera is a graduate student at the University of the Philippines Diliman, a teacher at a school for lumad children, the senior editor of Aklat Alamid, and Pachochoy’s aunt.

Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of nine books, including the short fiction collections Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), and The Drone Outside (Eibonvale Press, 2017), as well as the poetry collections Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015), Meditations of a Beast (Cornerstone Press, 2016), and Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2017). She is co-editor of two anthologies—the British Fantasy Award-winning People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction and Sigwa: Climate Fiction Anthology from the Philippines, an illustrated volume forthcoming from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Press. Widely anthologized, her short stories have appeared in Conjunctions, Dazed Digital, Tin House, and World Literature Today. She grew up and continues to live in a mountainous rural town in Maguindanao.

Lakan Daza Umali is a writer currently living in Davao City.

Marianne Hazzale J. Bullos is from General Santos City and an alumna of Philippine Science High School-SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus. Her poems have been published in Dagmay and Cotabato Literary Journal. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

Marlon Hacla is a programmer, writer, and photographer. His first book, May Mga Dumadaang Anghel sa Parang (Manila: National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2010), was published as part of UBOD New Authors Series II. His second book, Glossolalia, was published by High Chair in 2013. He also released two chapbooks, Labing-anim na Liham ng Kataksilan (2014) and Melismas (2016). In 2017, he created the first robot poet in Filipino, Estela Vadal, as a Twitter bot with the Twitter handle @estelavadal. He lives in Quezon City, Philippines, with his cats.

Nanoy Rafael is part of the Save San Roque Alliance, a volunteer group that supports the rights of the residents of Sitio San Roque, an urban poor community, to live and shape the city.

Paul Randy P. Gumanao hails from Kidapawan City and teaches Chemistry at Philippine Science High School-SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus. He was a fellow for poetry at the 2009 Davao Writers Workshop and the 2010 IYAS National Creative Writing Workshop. He is a former editor in chief of Atenews, the official student publication of Ateneo de Davao University, and is currently finishing his MS in Chemistry from the same university.

Saquina Karla C. Guiam is a Best of the Net-nominated poet. On occasion, she writes prose. Her work has appeared on Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Maine Review, Outlook Springs, Augur Mag, and others. She lives in southern Philippines.

Sigrid Marianne Gayangos was born and raised in Zamboanga City. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in: Fantasy: Fiction for Young Adults, Maximum Volume: Best New Philippine Fiction 3, Philippine Speculative Fiction 12, Likhaan Journal 13, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, OMBAK Southeast Asia’s Weird Fiction Journal and The Best Small Fictions 2019, among other places. Currently based in Dumaguete City, she divides her time between training a bunch of mathletes and finishing her first collection of short stories.

Tilde Acuña has finished his MA thesis in Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines; his research about Clodualdo Del Mundo’s postwar komiks adaptation of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere is probably the first full-length study on the subject. His studies on literature, art, and comics have been presented in universities in the Philippines (UP, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines), and Asia (Universitas Sanata Dharma, Indonesia and Kyoto University). He earned his BA in Communication Arts at UP Los Baños, where he served as editor-in-chief of UPLB Perspective and as founding president of Kartunista-Manunulat Kolektib. Acuña’s work is widely published in journals such as Kritika Kultura, Humanities Diliman, Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, Banwa, Pingkian, Talas, Entrada, Ani, Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, High Chair, and Jacket2. A columnist for DavaoToday, he also contributed articles to three volumes of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts (2nd edition; 2018).

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