Roberto T. Anonuevo was born in Manila in 1968 and in his career has established himself as one of the most influential authors in the region. He has won many prestigious awards including five gold medals for his poetry collections and one gold medal for essay in the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, in which he is the youngest Hall of Fame Awardee. Besides these, he has won many other awards in the literary field.

Anonuevo has published two poetry books and as an editor and a critic, he has compiled, selected and written critical introductions to several Tagalog literature classics of prewar and postwar years. He has also edited textbooks, journals, manuals, and several non-literary titles including the first monolingual and comprehensive dictionary ever published in the Philippines. In 2001, he was commissioned by National Commission for Culture and the Arts to translate into Filipino a collection of documents and papers on various cultures and literatures of the Philippines.

Anonuevo was judged on the basis of his poetry collection. He says of his work "Writing poetry, while seemingly a lonely endeavor, has become a passion for me. For me, poetry is the language of peace in times of war. Poetry is bread in time of intellectual famine. Poetry is the soothing music when everybody seems intolerant, lonely, or angry."