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Glenn Diaz’s first book The Quiet Ones (Ateneo Press) won the Palanca Grand Prize and the Philippine National Book Award. His second novel “Yñiga” was shortlisted for the 2020 Novel Prize. Born and raised in Manila, he is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

“The M Literary Residency was my first residency. Being uprooted from my life in Manila to spend ten weeks in Bangalore in constant conversation with other writers not only allowed me to fortify and fine-tune my ideas for my work-in-progress, it also deepened my understanding of what it means to pursue a life of writing. I carry these conversations and ideas with me today, seven years hence.”