Josï¿½ Garcia Villa(19081997) immigrated to the United States from his native Philippines in 1930 and became active in New Yorks literary scene as a poet, editor, and lecturer. His first book of poems, Have Come, Am Here, was published by Viking in 1942 to great critical acclaim. John Edwin Cowenis the literary trustee for the Villa estate. He lives in New Jersey.Luis H. Franciais an award-winning poet and writer.
Sanna Feirstein is a docent at the New-York Historical Society.Angel Velasco Shaw is a film and video maker and teaches in the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program at New York University.Luis H. Francia's many books include Flippin': Filipinos on America, Eye of the Fish and Brown River, White Ocean.