Arlene Yandug teaches literature and writing at Xavier Ateneo. She earned her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines Diliman. A poet writing in English and Cebuano, her poems have appeared in Bisaya Magasin, in Mindanao Harvest 4, Under the Storm, Kitaab, Red River Review, Future Lovecraft, The Philippine Free Press, Philippine Graphic, Kinaadman, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal where her poem about Camiguin won a prize. Aside from writing, her interests include Mindanao-orientated literatures, translation, the creative process, and mobilities—topics of interests she explored in papers, some of which were presented in international conferences in Manila, Indonesia and Korea. In 2021, she spearheaded a CHED-funded literary anthology, Tinubdan, which she co-edited with two colleagues. In this anthology, she proposes the ‘region’ as a paradigm in viewing emerging voices from the northern Mindanao area. She has also served as founding editor of Carayan, a journal of Xavier’s Department of English Language and Literature. Her first poetry collection Coming Home to the Island has been awarded a publication grant from the National Book Development Board (NBDB), and is a forthcoming book in XU Press.