Marne Kilates has published six books of poetry. His recent book, Time’s Enchantment & Other Reflections (Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2014), won that year’s Philippine National Book Award, while his latest collection, Lyrical Objects (UST Publishing House, 2015), was finalist for the same award last year. He has also published numerous works of leading writers in Filipino into English. He has won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, National Book Awards, and the 1998 SEA WRITE Award given by the Thai royalty. In 2012 he was the holder of the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair for Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University. Kilates’ works may be sampled at his website, “Marnescripts”.


Isabel Manalo is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work personally addresses ideas of power and identity as defined by race, ethnicity, geography and class. Combining photography, drawing, painting, sewing and writing, her work embraces visual clues and coding as inspired by the ancient art of Filipino tattooing, maps, and the history of cartography while also honoring the genre of abstract expressionism.

Isabel received her MFA in Painting from Yale University in 1999, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1990. After three years in Berlin, Germany, Isabel now lives and works in Bethesda, MD.