An assistant professor at Miriam College, Joel M. Toledo holds a Master’s degree in English Studies (Poetry) from UP Diliman where he nished two undergraduate degrees in journalism and creative writing. He has four books of poetry: Chiaroscuro (UST, 2008); Long Lost Startle (UP, 2009); Ruins and Reconstructions (Anvil, 2011); and Fault Setting (UP, 2015). He co-edited Caracoa 2006 (poetry journal of the Philippine Literary Arts Council) and Under the Storm: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry ( e Antithesis Collective, 2011). Chiaroscuro, Ruins and Reconstructions, and Under the Storm were nalists for the National Book Awards. A recipient of the 2006 NCCA Literary Prize, he has won several other awards for his poetry in English: the Palanca, the Philippines Free Press, the Meritage Press Poetry Prize (San Francisco, USA), and the Bridport Prize (Dorset, United Kingdom). In 2011, he enjoyed a Rockefeller Foundation creative arts residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy and was a Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa. He has served as literary editor of the Philippines Free Press and as a judge for poetry in various literary contests: the Palanca, the Philippines Free Press, and the Maningning Miclat Awards.