J. Neil C. Garcia earned his A.B. Journalism, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas in 1990; M.A. in Comparative Literature in 1995, and Ph.D. in English Studies: Creative Writing in 2003 from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is currently a Professor of English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, where he also serves as an Associate for Poetry at the Likhaan: U.P. Institute of Creative Writing.
Joaquín Torres García (28 July 1874 – 8 August 1949), was a Uruguayan plastic artist and art theorist, also known as the founder of Constructive Universalism. In 1978, most of his works were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, while a large exhibition of the artist's works was being held.