Ralph Semino Galán, poet, literary and cultural critic, translator, and editor, is the Assistant Director of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. He is an Associate Professor of Literature, Humanities and Creative Writing in the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters and the UST Graduate School. He has a B.A. in English (Major in Literature), magna cum laude, from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in English Studies (Major in Creative Writing) from UP Diliman. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature in the UST Graduate School. His works, both creative and critical, have been published in numerous national and international anthologies and literary journals. He is the author of the following books: The Southern Cross and Other Poems (UBOD New Authors Series, National Commission for Culture and the Arts [NCCA], 2005), Discernments: Literary Essays, Cultural Critiques and Book Reviews (UST Publishing House [USTPH], 2013), From the Major Arcana (USTPH, 2014), and Sa mga Pagitan ng Buhay at Iba pang Pagtutulay (USTPH, 2017).
Ulysses Duterte was born in Naga City, Philippines and is based in Maple Shade, New Jersey. His paintings explore personal, familial, and spiritual themes using multi-layered symbolism and imagery. His work has been shown in the Philippines, as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Fremont, California. He holds a BS in Architecture from Bicol University.