Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
Carlomar Arcangel Daoana was born in the City of Manila in 1979. He studied at the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas where he majored in Literature. He is the author of four collections of poetry, with Loose Tongue: Poems 2001-2013 as the most recent, published by the UST Publishing House in 2014. His other collections, The Fashionista’s Book of Enlightenment and Marginal Bliss, were finalists to the Manila Critics’ Circle’s National Book Awards. In addition, Daoana received First Place and Second Place honors in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippines most prestigious literary competition, in the English Poetry category with his collections, The Elegant Ghost (2012) and Crown Sonnet for Maria (2013), respectively. His poems have been anthologized in the Vagabond Asia Pacific Poetry Series (Sydney and Tokyo) and Naratif Kisah (Kuala Lumpur).
Daoana was also selected as one of the international panelists for the 1st Kuala Lumpur Literary Festival held in 2016. A regular columnist in the Arts and Culture section of the daily broadsheet The Philippine Star, Daoana teaches poetry writing, art writing, and other fine arts courses at the Fine Arts Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.