Arava u ryes a abu su vinyedi.

Journalist, poet and author Dorian Merina hails from Los Angeles by way of the Philippines and New York.

He has reported for numerous outlets, including The Miami Herald Newspaper, Al Jazeera, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, The New York Times, The Jakarta Post, Hyphen Magazine, Latin Beat Magazine, Filipinas, Public Radio International and WNYC. He recently spent time on a Fulbright research grant in the Philippines documenting indigenous oral poetry on the Batanes Islands.

He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, The Changegiver and Stone of the Fish, and a spoken word album, Heaven is a Second Language. The short film, Migrations, for which he wrote and performed the poetry, was awarded the 2008 Poetry Foundation Award.

Some of his favorite assignments include: exploring how the fight against climate change is playing out in the Philippine forests; investigating the child migrant cases in the nation's busiest immigration courts in Los Angeles; chronicling Indonesia's diverse interpretations of Islam; and tracking the US soccer team on its road to Brazil's World Cup 2014.

As an educator, he has taught journalism to university students in Malaysia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and India through United Press International's UPI Next program. He's currently an adjunct professor of journalism at El Camino College.