Ricardo M. de Ungria


Contest Judge and Guest Editor

Ricardo M. de Ungria has published eight books of poetry and edited a number of anthologies, for which he has won eight National Book Awards. Through a Fulbright Grant, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989. He has received writing grants from the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers and Bellagio Study and Conference Center. Recently he was writing fellow at the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Sun yat-Sen University in Guangzhou. He is a founding member of the Philippine Literary Arts Council, which published the first and only poetry journal in the Philippines in the eighties, and the Davao Writers Guild that holds annual readings in the schools and malls in the city and publishes a literary journal called Dagmay in a local paper that features literary works in various languages by young writers in the Davao region and in Mindanao.