Lawrence Lacambra Ypil is a poet and essayist from Cebu, Philippines. He received an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Washington University in St Louis on a Fulbright Scholarship, and has recently completed an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. His first book of poems, The Highest Hiding Place was given the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award. His work has received The Academy of American Poets Prize, the Philippines Free Press Awards, and the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, among others. He is currently writing a book inspired by the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, which examines photographs and objects from the Philippine exposition and explores the role of material culture in the construction of cultural identity and memory.