Speakers' Bio and Abstract

Cyan Abad-Jugo took her master's in Children's Literature at Simmons College, Boston, and her PhD in English Studies: Creative Writing and Anglo-American Literature at UP Diliman. Her books include: Father and Daughter, with Gémino H Abad; Sweet Summer and Other Stories; Leaf and Shadow; and Salingkit: A 1986 Diary.
Miguel Antonio N. Lizada holds a Master of Arts in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore. He has presented papers on the study and teaching of literature in various national and international conferences, most recently in the Asia TEFL-MELTA conference in Kuching, Malaysia. He is currently the freshman literature program coordinator of the Ateneo de Manila University.
Dr. M.R. Orendain teaches language and literature classes in the undergraduate and graduate levels of the Ateneo and is interested in research on critical pedagogy and literature from the margins.
Devi Benedicte’ I. Paez is a faculty of the English Department, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. She received an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma from the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, BC, Canada and majored in AB Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University where she also earned her MA in English Language and Literature Teaching.  She is also a senior facilitator with the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT). Devi’s field of research is on sociolinguistics, literature and language teaching, and assessment. 
Vincenz Serrano teaches at the Department of English in Ateneo de Manila University. He is editor in chief of Kritika Kultura, and coordinator of the AB Literature (English) program. The Collapse of What Separates Us is his first book. His poems have appeared in New Poetries V and Manchester Review.
Jomar Cuartero is an instructor at the Department of English in Ateneo de Manila University. He has taught freshman composition and research classes, and as well as genre courses such as freshman poetry and fiction. Aside from teaching, his commitment to the teaching and study of literature led him to do research that spanned across the broad fields of Asian literature and culture, specifically India and the Philippine studies. In addition, he is also one of the editorial assistants for an ISI-Indexed journal called Kritika Kultura.     
An Assistant Professor of English at Ateneo de Manila University, Charlie Samuya Veric holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. He has just released his acclaimed debut poetry collection, Histories, and served as Member of the Technical Committee for Literature at the Commission on Higher Education since 2012.
Exie Abola is a prizewinning writer of stories and essays. His first book, a collection of essays titled Trafficking in Nostalgia: Essays from Memory, was published by Ateneo University Press in 2012. His work has been published in various literary journals and magazines, including Likhaan and Philippines Free Press. He obtained a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines–Diliman. He teaches with the Department of English and Fine Arts Program of Ateneo de Manila University as assistant professor and writes about theater for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
Martin Villanueva is currently the Director and Creative Writing Coordinator of the Fine Arts Program of the Ateneo de Manila University. His writings have been awarded prizes from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and have been published most recently by Kritika Kultura, Transit, and High Chair.
Missy Maramara holds an MFA in Drama (Performance) from the University of Arkansas through the International Fulbright Scholarship Program. She is an Instructor in the Fine Arts Program and English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University, where she earned her BFA in Theater and MA in English Literature and Cultural Studies, and where she is currently pursuing a PhD in English Language and Literature. She also teaches MYP Drama in Beacon Academy, and performs professionally for theater, television and film. Missy is a member of Silly People’s Improv Theatre (SPIT). Other performance credits are on www.missymaramara.com.