Alton Melvar M. Dapanas is Asymptote’s editor-at-large for the Philippines. They’re the author of Towards a Theory on City Boys: Prose Poems (UK: Newcomer Press, 2021), assistant nonfiction editor at Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature and Atlas & Alice Literary Magazine, and former editorial reader at Creative Nonfiction. Their works of translation from the œuvre of Stefani J. Alvarez appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation (England), Asymptote (Taiwan), Rusted Radishes (Lebanon), Tolka (Ireland), and were anthologized in the Oxford Anthology of Translation; and from ancient Binisayâ texts in Reliquiae: Journal of Landscape, Nature, and Mythology (Scotland). Their critical essay on Fernando A. Buyser can be read here. They currently translate from the archives of Philippine literature in Spanish and Binisayâ. Find more at