​A third-generation Filipina American, Lisa Suguitan Melnick is a professor in the Language Arts and Kinesiology divisions at the College of San Mateo, California. In 2015 her piece “Maseg: An Artistic Tempest” won a Plaridel Award for Best Entertainment Story. Two of her pieces, “Agtawid” and “Out the Back Door,” appear in Beyond Lumpia, Pansit, and Seven Manangs Wild (Eastwind Books). She is the author of #30 Collantes Street (Carayan Press) and a contributing author for PositivelyFilipino.com. Lisa has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipina women in the world (Global FWN100) by the Filipina Women’s Network.​