PAOLO MANALO is an assistant professor of English, literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Until recently, he was the literary editor of the Philippines Free Press. His first book of poems, Jolography (University of the Philippines Press, 2003) received the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (2002) and the UP Gawad Chanselor (2004). He was a student at the 15th New York State Summer Writers Institute (2001), a fellow of the UP ICW National Writers' Workshop when it was revamped (2006) and an artist-in-residence at The MacDowell Colony (2006).
At present he is engaged in postgraduate studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.