The award-winning fictionist, playwright and poet Leoncio P. Deriada received his Ph.D. in English from Silliman University in Dumaguete City in 1981. He is also known for his work in reviving writing in Kinaray-a and for his papers on the Visayan languages and other regional literature. His published works include, for fiction, The Road to Mawab (1984), Night Mares (1988), The Week of the Whales(1994), a drama entitled The Dog-Eaters (1986), and a number of important anthologies such as Ani, West Visayas (1989), Patubas (1995) and Baul (1999) which he co-authored with Isidoro M. Cruz. A Palanca Hall of Famer, he has garnered other prestigious awards such as the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, Asiaweek, Gawad CCP, Graphic, Focus, Yuhum (Iloilo), and Blue Knight Award from Ateneo de Davao for Outstanding Achievement in Literature. A recipient of the Metrobank Foundation’s Search for Outstanding Teachers in 2002, Dr. Deriada heads the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino at the U.P. Visayas. He is also an associate of the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing.