Luis H. Francia is a poet, journalist, and nonfiction writer. His semiautobiographical account of being on the road in the Philippines, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, won both the 2002 PEN Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. His poetry books include The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems and Museum of Absences. He is the author of Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades; the editor of Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English; and co-editor, with Eric Gamalinda, of Flippin’: Filipinos on America, and of Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999, with Angel Velasco Shaw. He writes a monthly online column, “The Artist Abroad,” for Manila’s Daily Inquirer. Born and raised in Manila, he lives in New York City and teaches at New York University. He is at work on a collection of creative nonfiction, of which “A Cub in Winter” is part.