Eric Tinsay Valles (b. Manila, Philippines) obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ateneo de Manila and the University of the Philippines. He is pursuing a post-graduate degree at the Nanyang Technological University. He has worked as an editor, journalist and teacher in Manila, Taipei and Singapore.
Eric has published two poetry collections, A World in Transit (2011) and After the Fall: dirges among ruins (2014), and co-edited Get Lucky (2015). His poems have appeared in Routledge’s New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Hispanic Culture Review, Jet Fuel Review, Reflecting on the Merlion, & Words: Poems Singapore and Beyond, Under the Storm: Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry and Southeast Asian Review of English. In 2013, he won the Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Competition Prize. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize for After the Fall: dirges among ruins, a poetic meditation on the mystery of evil and its effects of violence and loss.
His critical work is featured in The Creativity Market: Creative Writing in the 21st Century, Writing Diaspora and Asiatic. Eric has read poetry or commentaries at Baylor, Melbourne and Oxford Universities. He has taken up writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Centre, Centrum (Washington) and Wellspring House (Massachusetts).
Eric is a director of the National Poetry Festival. He writes about the migrant experience and personal trauma with humour and empathy.