Marjorie Evasco was born in 1953 in Maribojoc, Bohol, Philippines. She is a poet writing in two languages: English and her mother tongue, Binisaya (Boholano-Visayan). In 2010 she was given the SEA (South East Asian) Writers’ Award for poetry by then Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (now King of Thailand). She had also been given the Philippine National Commission on Culture and the Arts “Ani ng Dangal” award, and the Writers’ Union of the Philippines’ “Gawad Balagtas” for poetry in English and Cebuano. She represented the Philippines in the Poetry Parnassus festival in the Southbank Centre during the 2012 London Olympics. Among her writing residency grants were those awarded by the Rockefeller Center for Studies in Bellagio, Italy, the International Writers’ Retreat in Hawthorden Castle in Midlothian, Scotland, and the International Writing Program in the University of Iowa.
Her poetry has been translated into several Philippine and world languages, the latest of which was Korean. Her poems in global circulation can be found in the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (eds. Ravin Shankar, Nathalie Handal, Tina Chang); The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus (eds. Anna Selby & Neil Astley); Sustaining the Archipelago: Philippine Ecopoetry Anthology (ed. Rina Garcia Chua); The First Five: A New Collection of Southeast Asian Writing (ed. Chan Wai Han), and Agam: Filipino Narratives of Uncertainty and Climate Change (ed. Regina Abuyuan). Marjorie Evasco is a member of the Philippine Center for International P.E.N. She is a University Fellow and Professor Emeritus in Literature of De La Salle University, Manila.