Phillip Yerro Kimpo Jr. is the President of LIRA (Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo), the premier institute of poets in Filipino. He is a member of the Writers Union of the Philippines (UMPIL) and founding member of the Dapitdilim Fellowship of Writers.
Kimpo was a Fellow for English Creative Nonfiction in the 48th Dumaguete National Writers Workshop and 9th UST National Writers Workshop, and for Filipino Poetry in the 9th IYAS Creative Writing Workshop and 2007 LIRA Poetry Clinic. His essays, poems, and fiction have been anthologized in books and published in journals and print media. Kimpo is finishing his book of personal essays, “Corsair of Cor-Street.” Visit him online at www.phillip.kimpo.ph.
Kimpo was born on May 10, 1985 in Galas, Quezon City to Aklanon parents; he considers Kalibo his second home. He graduated with a BS Computer Science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Aside from art and literature, his interests lie in history, geography, science, ekistics (urban planning), and information technology.
Kimpo’s consuming interest in history, especially military history, began when he came upon a book on Tamerlane’s conquests. He was so enthralled by the Mongol leader’s exploits that he didn’t stop until reading it completely in one whole day. He was six years old then.
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