The poet, short-story writer, and critic David V. Quemada was born in 1929. He took his AB at Silliman University where he also finished his MA in 1953, with his thesis entitled "Major Influences on the Poetry of R. Zulueta da Acosta." He taught at SU until 1963 when he left for the University of Washington in Seattle for his Ph.D. Before he finished his dissertation on F. Scott Fitzgerald, he returned to SU and resumed teaching.
Quemada was adviser to the Sands & Coral in 1957-1958 and 1966. He was also editor of the Silliman Journal for a number of years since 1965. In 1964 and 1965, he was director of the Silliman Writers' Workshop and acting head of the Department of Literature and Creative Writing. He was known as "the big dad" among SU campus writers.
He has gained recognition from a number of institutions such as the Free Press . His poems and short stories have been included in important collections that include the Likhaan Anthology of Philippine Literature. He now teaches at Park College in Kansas.