Jose Wendell P. Capili earned his degrees from UST, UP Diliman, University of Tokyo, University of Cambridge and The Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (now School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific), Australian National University, where he completed his PhD on the emergence of Southeast Asian Diaspora Writers in Australia from 1972 to 2007.
He has published 6 books and over 300 articles in East/Southeast Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. He received Carlos Palanca, Cultural Center of the Philippines, UST and UP Gawad Chancellor awards for his poetry and essays as well as scholarships, grants and fellowships from Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Singaporean, Hong Kong, Philippine, Australian and British governments.
He was a recipient of the Carlos P. Romulo Professorial Chair and the UP Centennial Professorial Chair. He was a Visiting Scholar, Writer or Professor at the Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Waseda University, University of Cambridge, University of Hong Kong, University of Malaya, National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne, and the University of Queensland.
His creative and critical productions were presented during the Cambridge Seminar on the Contemporary Writer (2000), Hong Kong International Literary Festival (2001), Sydney Writers' Festival (2007, 2008) and The 76th PEN International Conference in Tokyo, Japan (2010).
He is Professor of English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman and the Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs & Director, Office of Alumni Relations, University of the Philippines System.