18 Fiction Writers Who are also Teachers

#AnvilCelebrates World Teachers Day! To celebrate this day, and to mark the end of Teachers’ month, let us take a look at some of our fictionists who are also educators.

  1. Alfred Yuson Alfred A. Yuson a.k.a. Krip Yuson, teaches fiction and poetry at Ateneo de Manila University, where he held the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair.
    The Music Child and the Mahjong Queen by Alfred Yuson

    A Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Hall of Famer, he has authored 27 books including The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen (2016) which is currently a finalist for Best Book of Fiction (Novel) in English at the 36th National Book Awards. He has also produced and edited various publications, including several literary anthologies. His poetry and prose have been translated into ten languages.

  2. Allan Derain
    Ang Banal na Aklat ng Mga Kumag by Allan Derain

    Allan Derain teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University. He has written several stories including Ang Banal na Aklat ng Mga Kumag which won the grand prize for the Novel in Filipino at the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

  3. Bong OrisGlenda “Bong” C. Oris currently teaches Humanities at the Ateneo de Manila University.
    Bong Oris. Photo from Ateneo de Manila University.

    She is the author of several children’s books including the Ayun, O! series, featuring Filipino words with their corresponding translations to local dialects. Among are Cebuano, Ilocano, Bikol, Kapampangan, Hiligaynon, and Chavacano. Her short story “Ang Madyik ni Paolo” won Second Prize in the 2001 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

    Aside from reading, writing, and translating children’s literature, she also enjoys working with museums and promoting heritage conservation.

  4. Carla PacisCarla M. Pacis is a is a lecturer at the University of the Philippines and at the De La Salle University, teaching and conducting workshops on how to write for children and young adults. She enjoys school visits immensely, and can’t refuse, especially students have read her books, as it gives her a chance to meet her readers and listen to their thoughts and comments.
    Birdflight (Filipino edition) by Carla Pacis
    O.C.W. by Carla Pacis

    She has written several books for children and novels for young adults including Enrique El Negro (2003), O.C.W.:  A Young Boy’s Search for His Young Mother (2001), and Birdflight (2000). She has won several local awards for her stories. She has also edited several books, not all for children, a print magazine and an on-line magazine, both for children.


  5. Christine Bellen

    Christine Bellen is a faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Filipino Department.

    Ang mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang set of 12

    Her books include Og Uhog, which won recognition at the PBBY- Alfredo Salanga Writer’s Prize and National Book Award in 2002, Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin, Rosamistica, Ang Alamat ng Lamok, Ang Parusa ng Duwende and Ang Plautin ni Periking , which are re-tellings of Severino Reyes’ Lola Basyang stories.

  6. Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo

    Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo. Photo from her Goodreads page.

    Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo teaches at the University of the Philippines where she became the Director of the UP Creative Writing Center. She has written short story collections, six collections of personal essays and travel narratives, a novel, and two volumes of literary criticism. These include Tales for a Rainy Night (2012), Catch a Falling Star (1999), and Recuerdo (1992). Many of these books have won awards, like the Carlos Palanca Grand Prize and the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award.

  7. Cyan Abad-JugoCyan Abad-Jugo teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University. Her books include: Letters from Crispin (2016); Yaya Maya and the White King (2016); The Looking-Glass Tree (2016); Father and Daughter, with Gemino H. Abad; Sweet Summer and Other Stories; Leaf and Shadow: Stories About Some Friendly Creatures; and Salingkit: a 1986 Diary.
    Letters from Crispin by Cyan Abad Jugo. Illustrated by JC Galag.
    Yaya Maya and the White King by Cyan Abad Jugo. Illustrated by JC Galag.
    The Looking-Glass Tree by Cyan Abad Jugo. Illustrated by JC Galag.


    She lives in Quezon City with her husband and twin hobbits. During her spare time, she loves to read, doodle, watch movies, and attend lettering and art workshops.

  8. Danton Remoto 
    Danton Remoto. Photo from his Goodreads page.

    Danton Remoto  has taught at Ateneo de Manila University and Rutgers University, and has worked as a Communications Officer at the United Nations Development Programme based in New York.

    Riverrun by Danton Remoto

    He has published 15 books of poems, essays, anthologies and translations. His works include Skin, Voices, Face (1991), Black Silk Pajamas (1996), and Riverrun (2015).

    He has won various awards, among them, the ASEAN prize for the essay, 1979; the Palanca for the essay in 1987; the CCP literary award for poetry; and the Stirling District Arts Council award for poetry and the short story.

  9. Eugene EvascoEugene Evasco is an Assistant Professor teaching Creative Writing and Children’s Literature at UP Diliman.
    Hindi ako Papasok Ngayon / I Won’t Go to School Today by Eugene Evasco. Illustrated by Pergy Acuna.

    He has written several children’s stories such as Hindi Ako Papasok Ngayon/I Won’t Go to School Today, Mariang Sinukuan: Ang Diwatang Tagapag-ingat ng Bundok Arayat, HIlong Talilong, Si Isem sa Bayang Bawal Tumawa, Anina ng mga Alon, Misteryo! and Federico. He has also authored several high school and college textbooks including Sining ng Tula and Maikling Kuwentong Pambata (co-author).

    He has won several awards including eight Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature under different categories. He was awarded Makata ng Taon in 2000, a PBBY-Salanga Prize Winner in 1997, and NCCA Writer’s Prize Awardee in 2003.

  10. Genaro Gojo CruzGenaro R. Gojo Cruz is currently teaching at the Philippine Normal University while taking up MA major in Philippine Studies in De La Salle University – Manila as a scholar.
    Photo from Genaro Gojo Cruz’s Facebook

    He has won several awards for his poems and children’s stories including Connect the Dots o Kung Paano Ko Kinulayan ang Aking Buhay (2014), Ang Batang May Maraming Maraming Bahay (LG&M Corp, 2013), and Ang Dyip ni Mang Tomas (UST Publishing House, 2009).

    Connect the Dots by Genaro Gojo Cruz

    In his free time, he likes to teach and tells stories to street kids in Binondo.

  11. Ian Rosales CasocotIan Rosales Casocot is a novelist and teaches film, literature, and creative writing in Silliman University in Dumaguete City. He has won the Palanca Award several times, and has also won the NVM Gonzalez Prize, a PBBY Salanga Writers Prize, among others.
    Don’t Tell Anyone: Literary Smut

    His newest book, Don’t Tell Anyone: Literary Smut (co-authored with Shakira Andrea Sison), is a brave anthology of 12 erotica stories on same sex relationships.

  12. Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.

    Dr. Jose “Butch” Dalisay, Jr.

    Dr. Jose “Butch”  Dalisay Jr., Professor and former Director of the UP Institute of Creative Writing, has published over 30 books of his stories, plays, and nonfiction in both English and Filipino, with six of those books receiving the National Book Award. More than 20 of his screenplays have also been produced. In 1998, he was named to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Centennial Honors List as one of the 100 most accomplished Filipino artists of the past century. Some of his works include PenmanshipKilling Time in a Warm Place, Soledad’s Sister, among others.

  13. Luna Sicat-Cleto 
    Mga Prodigal by Luna Sicat Cleto

    Luna Sicat-Cleto is a writer and professor at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has garnered several literary awards for her works including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for her short stories, poems, essays, and stories for children; Madrigal Prize for Best First Book for “Makinilyang Altar”; and the Gawad CCP para sa Panitikan for her one-act play, “Maternal.”

  14. Mario Miclat 
    Secrets of the Eighteen Mansions by Mario Miclat

    Mario Ignacio Miclat is a known China studies expert and Philippine Studies professor of the University of the Philippines. His publications include Secret of the Eighteen Mansions (2014) and Beyond the Great Wall: A Family Journal (2006) He was a UP CWC National Fellow for Translations (1995-1996).

  15. Merlinda BobisFilipino-Australian writer and performer Merlinda Bobis teaches creative writing at the University of Wollongong.
    Merlinda Bobis. Photo from her Goodreads page.

    She has published in three languages across multiple genres. Her novels, short story and poetry books, and plays have received various awards, both international and local. Some of her works include Dream Stories (2014), Locust Girl: A Lovesong (2015), among others. Bobis has performed her own works in Australia, the Philippines, USA, Spain, France, Canada, China, and Singapore.

  16. Ramon Sunico 
    Two Friends, One World by Ramon Sunico. Published by Cacho Publishing House in 1991.

    Ramon “Rayvi” Sunico is a teacher and lecturer at his alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University. He is a much-respected bilingual poet who has written children’s books such as Two Friends, One World, and Ang Inuwi ni Nana. He has also written textbooks, and edited several anthologies like Love Gathers All: The Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry. Among his many awards are Palanca and Philippines Free Press prizes for poetry. He is also a translator, editor and book designer.

  17. Soledad Reyes 
    Soledad Reyes. Photo from her Goodreads page.

    Soledad S. Reyes is Professor Emeritus at the Ateneo de Manila University. Her work on Macario Pineda began when she wrote her thesis on the writer in 1970. Her Gold in Makiling (Anvil, 2012) is a translation of Pineda’s Ang Ginto sa Makiling (1947). She has also edited and introduced anthologies featuring the novels and short stories of Pineda. Her translation of What Now, Ricky? By Rosario de Guzman Lingat won the A. L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize for 2016.

  18. VJ Campilan 
    VJ Campilan. Photo from her Goodreads page.

    Victorette Joy Campilan, or otherwise known as VJ Campilan, is the author of All My Lonely Islands (Anvil Publishing, 2017), which won the Grand Prize for the English Novel at the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in 2015. She teaches in De La Salle University, where she also took up her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

    All My Lonely Islands by VJ Campilan

    She had been an avid book reader since childhood and it was through her reading adventures that she first entertained the idea of writing stories herself. She grew up reading CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Arthur Conan Doyle, all of whom she considers as her greatest literary influences.

    VJ currently resides in Cavite where she is writing her second novel, an alternative history/science fiction re-imagining of an affluent Philippines on the cusp of deterioration.