Luis Cabalquinto was born in Magarao, Camarines Sur, Philippines on January 31, 1935. He earned the B.A. in Mass Communication degree at thenU.P. Diliman Institute of Mass Communication. Later, after getting the degree, transferred to the UP College of Forestry in Los Banos, working there as an instructor and “Chief” of the Publication & Information Section. He received a Fulbright-Hays grant (in 1968) and went to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for further studies in mass communication. Cabalquinto enrolled in fiction and poetry writing workshops conducted by A.R. Ammons, William Matthews, James McConkey, and others in the English Department. He had been sporadically writing poetry and fiction since high school but at Cornell his creative writing teachers convinced him that he should pursue imaginative writing more seriously.
Also, at this time, LC was further encouraged when some of his poems were published for the first time in the US–in small-press journals like Alkahest, Greenfield Review, New: American & Canadian Poetry. He has received fellowships and awards from the following: Bread Loaf Conference (Vermont); New York University–Academy of American Poets poetry prize; New School for Social Research–Dylan Thomas Poetry Award; New York Foundation for the Arts-fellowship award in poetry.
His written work has appeared in magazines and journal anthologies published in the Philippines, United States, Australia, Hongkong, France, and the Czech Republic (e.g. American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Manoa, Greenfield Review, Manila Review, Caracoa, Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, Philippine Midweek, Asiaweek, Heritage, Katripunan, Contact, River Styx, Minetta Review, Potable Lower East Side, Trafika, Inetrnational Quarterly, FRank, Poetry Australia, and others).
His published books are: “The Dog-eater and Other Poems”(1989, Kalikasan Press), “The Ibalon Collection”(1991, Kalikasan Press), and “Dreamwanderer” (1992, Kalikasan Press), “Brigeable Shores” (2002, Kaya Press, US) and Moon Over Magarao” (2004, UP Press, Manila). His books currently in preparation : “Depth of Fields (100 Selected Poems), “Pamamangka sa Di Lamang Dalawang Ilog” (collections of Poems in Filipino).