B.A. Ateneo de Manila University; M.F.A. Columbia University; Ph.D. University of Adelaide
Miguel Syjuco was born and raised in Manila. His debut novel Ilustrado was a NY Times Notable Book of 2010, as well as the winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Hugh MacLennan Prize, the Palanca Award, and the Filipino Readers' Choice Award. Translated into 16 languages, it was also a finalist for several international prizes in its various editions and is currently taught in universities and high schools in the Philippines and around the world. As a journalist and freelance writer, Syjuco was a copyeditor at The Independent Weekly (Australia) and The Montreal Gazette, and he has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, the Globe & Mail, Rappler, the BBC, the CBC, and many others.
Currently a visiting Professor of Practice, Literature, and Creative Writing at New York University Abu Dhabi, Syjuco was recently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and the International Writer-in-Residence at Singapore's Nanyang University. He has a PhD in literature from the University of Adelaide, a master's degree in creative writing from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the Ateneo de Manila University. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Santa Maddalena Foundation, the Adelaide International Scholarship, Canada Council grants for emerging artists, and Quebec Arts Council grants. He lives in Manila. His hobbies include parkour, photography, and taking lessons in skills at which he'll never excel.