from the February 2020 issue
Marlon Hacla is a programmer, writer, and photographer. His first book, May Mga Dumadaang Anghel sa Parang (NCCA, 2010), was published as part of UBOD New Authors Series II. His second book, Glossolalia, was published by High Chair in 2013. He also released two self-published chapbooks, LABING-ANIM NA LIHAM NG KATAKSILAN and Melismas. In 2017, he created the first robot poet in Filipino, Estela Vadal, as a Twitter bot with the Twitter handle @estelavadal. He lives in Quezon City, Philippines, with his cats.
Apol Sta. Maria is a visual artist and comics creator. Among his comics creations are Alamat ng Panget and Many Other, N. Tablado, and Ano? In 2013, his first solo exhibit, titled Oil on Canvas, was held at the Liongoren Gallery.
Translated from Filipino by Kristine Ong Muslim
Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of nine books, including the short story collections Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), and The Drone Outside (Eibonvale Press, 2017), as well as the poetry collections Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015), Meditations of a Beast (Cornerstone Press, 2016), and Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2017). She edited two anthologies—the British Fantasy Award-winning People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction (with Nalo Hopkinson) and Sigwa: Climate Fiction Anthology from the Philippines (with Paolo Enrico Melendez), an illustrated volume forthcoming from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Press. Her short stories have appeared in Conjunctions, Tin House, and World Literature Today. She grew up and continues to live in a rural town in Maguindanao, southern Philippines.