Kathleen Aton-Osias: An auditor who believes that love, hope and good chocolate could save the world. She has been published locally and on-line, with her story The Riverstone Heart by Maria Dela Rosa being honorably cited in the Years Best Fantasy and Horror, as well as being anthologized in the Best of Serendipity. She has won two Don Carlos Palanca Award for Short Story – Children. Her most recent work, The Goodlyf, is part of the Philippine Speculative Fiction 5. She is the co-editor of the upcoming Philippine Speculative Fiction 6.
She is currently swimming in the chaos of being married to fellow writer Alex Osias and being mother to their wonderful son, Hector.
Eliza Victoria: Born in 1986. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications based in the Philippines and abroad, most recently in High Chair, elimae, The Pedestal Magazine, Expanded Horizons, and Philippine Speculative Fiction V. Her children’s book, Jeremy’s Magic Well, is one of the ten winning stories of the Gig Book story-writing contest and is now available from GASFI. She received a Palanca award in 2009 for her poetry collection, “Reportage”. Visit her blog (http://sungazer.wordpress.com/), or follow her on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/HiElizaHere).
Elaine Cuyegkeng: A librarian and writer, Elaine lives with her partner in Melbourne, working feverishly on her first novel. She is possessed of two tiny familiars, shelves full of magnificent books, and items of immense geekery. She loves myths and fairy tales, and occasionally dabbles in their making. “The Widow and the Princess of the Dwende” is her first short story with Usok.
K. Lapeña: K. is one of the founders of CG Pintor (http://cgpintor.deviantart.com/), an organization for the advancement of Filipino digital painters, and is the cover artist for Issue #2 of USOK. He also provided the cover and three of the illustrations for Usok #1. You can find more of Kevin’s work at his personal gallery (http://scarypet.carbonmade.com/) or at deviantart page (http://scarypet.deviantart.com/).
MJ Pajaron: MJ is a multi-faceted artist, adept at both two dimensional and three dimensional art, an ambidexterity of craft that serves MJ well. Fascinated by video games and anime, MJ aims to create games of her own some day. You can find her at http://janemini.deviantart.com/, http://mjpajaronart.wordpress.com/, or http://mjpajaronart.carbonmade.com/
VN Benedicto: VN grew up in Romblon, in a place where the old stories (which remind VN of Lovecraft) are very much alive. He retained his love for local myths and legends, and is working on Diwata Nation, a shared world project that is very much influenced by Philippine mythology. You can view his works at his deviantart gallery: http://zahntelmo.deviantart.com/
Mark Bulahao: Given his propensity for artfully rendering large-scale scenes of carnage, it comes as no surprise that Mark Bulahao is a history buff (he’s a big fan of the HBO series “Rome”). He grew up in North Luzon (where he and his twin brother honed their artistic talents) and has studied at UST and FEU. His art can be found on deviantart at http://edictiv.deviantart.com/