Deborah Ruiz Wall was born in the Philippines, but has lived most of her life in Australia. She has completed many funded projects on oral history (Aboriginal people and other residents on the Block in Redfern), intercultural story sharing between Aboriginal and Filipino women in inner city Sydney and West Sydney. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for contribution to the community in the areas of social justice, multiculturalism and reconciliation in 2004. She is listed on Who’s Who of Australian Women from 2007-2012. Some of her work includes: Wall, Deborah (2006). Reconciliation, love and other poems, Sydney: Women’s Reconciliation Network; ‘Becoming Australian: A Filipino Woman’s Journey’ In Jose Wendell P. Capili and John Cheeseman (eds) (2008) Salu-salo: In Conversation with Filipinos: An Anthology of Philippine-Australian Writings, Sydney: Casula Powerhouse & Blacktown Arts Centre; ‘A “Reconciliation” Meeting with Whitefellas’ in Michelle Cahill (ed), (2008) Poetry Without Borders, Sydney: Picaro Press; ‘Wet Sand haiku’ in Sheppard, John L. (ed), (2008). PRISMATICS, Sydney: Poets Union. She is currently a PhD candidate with the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney.