Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles is the author of 17 books of poetry in Filipino including Kurap sa Ilalim (DLSU Publishing House, 2016) and Pesoa (Balangay Books, 2014), both finalist for the National Book Award in 2015 and 2017. His volume of selected poems from 2002 – 2014, Ang Iyong Buhay ay Laging Mabibigo, was published by Ateneo de Naga University Publishing House in 2016. In 2017, Talik (Balangay Books), the first book in his Talik Trilogy, was released. A recipient of multiple national awards including Maningning Miclat Award for Poetry and Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Arguelles has also received fellowships from UP National Writers Workshop (2000 and 2012) and Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism (2016). He is co-editor of the online journal hal., works as a book editor and translator, and teaches literature and creative writing at the De La Salle University-Manila where he also pursues doctoral studies. Translations in English of his poems by Kristine Ong Muslim have been published or are forthcoming in a number of international publications such as Circumference: Poetry in Translation, Construction Magazine, The Cossack Review, The Adirondack Review, The Missing Slate, Asymptote, and elsewhere.