Editor and Contributors

Issue Editor

John Bengan teaches writing and literature at the University of the Philippines Mindanao. His work has appeared in various local and international journals. He coedited Ulirát: Best Contemporary Stories in Translation from the Philippines, published by Gaudy Boy. He lives in Davao City.  

Contributors

Diandra Ditma A. Macarambon is a Meranaw from Lanao del Sur. She teaches at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City, where she grew up. Her works have been published in some anthologies, newspapers, as well as online sites. She is an advocate of peace and equality in all its forms.

Ina ng apat na anak si Genevieve Soriano Aguinaldo. Kasalukuyan siyang nasa ilalim ng programang MA Language and Literacy Education sa UP Open University. Lumabas ang mga akda niya sa DX Machina 1 (Likhaan special issue), Revolt Magazine, {m} magazine, The Fib Review, Shotglass Journal, at Sunday Times Magazine.

Gerald Castillo Galindez is a teacher and poet from Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, South-Central Mindanao. Klaro na Masyado: Poems in Tacurong and Kabacan Tagalog (2020) by Kasingkasing Press is his first collection of poetry and From Kabacan-Buluan-Tacurong, With Love by Bigkas Pilipinas Records 2021 is his first spoken word album. He was a fellow for poetry in the 2018 Davao Writers Workshop, the 2020 IYAS National Writers’ Workshop, and the 26th Iligan National Writers Workshop where he won 2nd place in the Jimmy Balacuit National Literary award for poetry. 

Si Hannah A. Leceña ay 24 taong gulang, mula sa Sarangani Province, Region XII, Mindanao. Nagtapos siya ng BSEd-Filipino sa MSU-General Santos City bilang cum laude at nagtuturo ngayon sa isang pampublikong paaralan. Kasalukuyang tinatapos niya ang tesis sa kursong Masterado sa Sining ng Edukasyon Medyor sa Filipino sa Notre Dame of Marbel University. Fellow siya para sa pagsusulat ng sugilanon sa Davao Writing Workshop 2018, sa Bathalad-Sugbu Creative Writing Workshop 2019, sa Iligan National Writing Workshop 2019, sa IYAS National Writing Workshop, at sa darating na 59th Silliman National Writers Workshop. Fellow naman siya sa 5th Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop for Spoken Word (2021). Contributor siya sa Dagmay, Cotabato Literary Journal, SunStar Davao, at Katitikan, para sa kaniyang mga sugilanon at balak. Natanggap din ang kaniyang dagli sa proyektong “2020: Ang Hinaharap sa Isang Iglap” ng Sentro ng Wikang Filipino-UP Diliman at sa antolohiyang Kalimbahin na inilunsad ng 7 Eyes Productions. Ginawaran siya ng Jimmy Balacuit Literary Awards at Satur Apoyon Prize First Place para sa kaniyang mga sugilanon. 

Jade Mark Capiñanes is a Palanca-winning essayist. He has been a fellow for essay/creative nonfiction at the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop, 2017 UST National Writers Workshop, and 2019 Ateneo National Writers Workshop. He teaches writing subjects to senior high school students.

Melanie Bingco is a former broadcast journalist who loves to write siday. She writes because she believes in the power of words to build hope, bring people together, and encourage better visions of the world. Some of her works have been recognized in literary awards. She was the First Place winner of the 2018 Pasidungog Eduardo Makabenta Para han Siday, First Place Winner of the 5th Chito S. Roño Literary Awards for Poetry, and Second Place winner for Poetry in the 18th Jimmy Balacuit Literary Awards. She was also one of the writing fellows in the 15th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop and the 27th Iligan National Writers Workshop. Some of her sidays were also featured in the book Pinili 15 Years of Lamiraw which was published in 2019. She lives in Can-avid, Eastern Samar.

Tumanggap ng Sultan Kudarat Award for Culture and the Arts si Mohammad Nassefh Macla.  Nailathala ang kanyang mga akda sa mga literary journals sa loob at labas ng bansa at sa mga antolohiya tulad ng Peace Mindanao, na pinamatnugutan ni Jaime An Lim; at Rays of Invisible Light, na pinamatnugutan ni Gutierrez Mangansakan II. Naging fellow siya sa ilang mga pambansang palihan. Isang Kaagan-Bangsamoro, naninirahan si Mohammad Nassefh sa Panabo City, Davao del Norte. 

Si Mubarak M. Tahir ay isang Filipino-Maguindanaoan na manunulat mula sa Kitango, Datu Piang, Maguindanao. Isinilang siya noong ika-25 ng Disyembre 1991. Natapos niya ang kanyang Batsilyer ng Sining sa Filipino sa Mindanao State University- Marawi. Naging guro siya ng senior high school ng Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus at kasalukuyang nagtuturo sa Mindanao State University, Lungsod ng Heneral Santos. Kasalukuyan niya ring tinatapos ang kanyang Master of Arts in Education Major in Teaching Filipino. Naging kabilang siya sa iba’t ibang rehiyonal at nasyonal na palihan sa pagsulat gaya ng Davao Writers Workshop 2017, Palihang Rogelio Sicat ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas 2018, at Iligan National Writing Workshop. Naging bahagi ng iba’t ibang magasin, pahayagan, dyornal, antolohiya, at mga aklat ang kanyang mga maikling kuwento, tula, dagli, at personal na sanaysay gaya ng AGAM Book: Filipino Narratives on uncertainty and Climate Change, Mindanao Harvest 4: A 21st Century Literary Anthology, Davao Harvest 3, ANI: Katutubo Tomo 4 ng Cultural Center of the Philippines, BULAWAN: Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao, Dagmay, Philippine Graphics, Cotabato Literary Journal, Likhaan 13th Issue: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, at iba pang mga publikasyon sa Pilipinas. Kasalukuyan niyang binubuo at tinatapos ang kalipunan ng kanyang maikling kuwento para sa kauna-unahan niyang aklat.

Orland Agustin Solis is currently a third year BA in Literature student at the University of the Philippines Visayas. Some of his works have appeared in Beyond PGH Human Spirit Project, Gantala Press’ Talinghaga ng Lupa: Mga Tula, Kasingkasing Press Nonrequired Reading, Revolt Magazine, Squeeze.ph, TFIP’s Pagsalin: An Anthology of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices, The Loch Raven Review, and TLDTD bi-annual poetry journal.

Thomas Leonard Shaw is a queer, liminal poet-theorist and a faculty member at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman. He was a graduate of Comparative Literature (European Literature) at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and poetry fellow at the 1st Philippine National LGBTQ Writers’ Workshop, the 1st Cebu Young Writers Studio, and a panelist for the Cebu Writers’ Workshop. Thomas has been published in several different countries.  He is also a poetry and critical essay editor for the Katitikan Literary Journal.

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