Notes on the Authors

Alice’s latest book is Kissing through a Handkerchief and Other Travel Tales (University of Santo Tomas Publishing, 2017). Her two other collections of essays are Riding Towards the Sunrise and other Travel Tales (2000), which won the National Book Award for Creative Nonfiction given by the Manila Critics Circle; and Autumn in Madrid (2013). A practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, she writes travel essays and medical articles for Cruising, Going Places, a monthly travel magazine. She is also a poet and translator. Her poems appeared in Charted Prophesies and Other Poems (2001) and her translation work includes Las Personas del Verbo, poems of Jaime Gil de Biedma co-translated into English.

Mookie’s latest poetry collection is Hush Harbor (University of Santo Tomas Publishing, 2017). Her other poetry books include The Proxy Eros (2008), Burning Houses (2013), and Tropicalia: Poems and Translations (collaborative work, Vagabond Press, 2016). She has won prizes from the Don Carlos Palanca Awards, Philippines Free Press Award, and Philippines Graphic Nick Joaquin Awards. She was delegate in several literary festivals including the International Festival of Poetry, in Medellín, Colombia. In 2015, she completed a residence with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA. She is the Associate Director for Poetry of the De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.

Che’s book is her novel Puso pa rin ang Nagpasiya (Vee Press, 2016) which bagged the first prize at the story writing contest of the National Book Development Board. She has served as Travel and Lifestyle editor of Pilipino Mirror for five years, and is a literary reviewer in Filipino at the Philippines Graphic. She worked at an online news bureau as assistant to the publisher and column writer. She also writes poetry and has been a member of the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) since 2010. She has been selected a fellow for the UP National Writers Workshop this April 2018. She has been invited to teach in the university to impart her knowledge of writing and publishing.