Edwin Lozada is president of Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA, Inc.), a non-profit organization that has been supporting Fil Am writers and artists for over a decade through publications, events, scholarships, and collaborations with various cultural and artistic groups. He has dedicated 27 years as an educator in the California public school system and was chair and co-chair of the World Languages Department at Woodside High School for many years. A polyglot, he has studied many languages and speaks Ilocano, Tagalog, Spanish, French and English. Having a passion for the arts, he trained to be a concert pianist during his university years, was a company member of Rosa Montoya Bailes Flamencos in San Francisco in the late eighties and early nineties, and is an avid collector of world textiles. Mr. Lozada was a Fullbright-Hayes scholar and a past recipient of an Individual Artist Commisions Grant in Literary Arts from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He is an author, publisher, editor and is the director of the Third Filipino American International Book Festival that will take place in San Francisco in October, 2015.