Yvanna Vien Tica is a Filipina writer who grew up in Manila and in a suburb near Chicago. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, The Kenyon Review, The Young Playwrights Festival, Princeton University's Creative Writing Department, The Poetry Society UK, Aster Lit, and The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in EX/POST Magazine, DIALOGIST, Hobart, and Shenandoah, among others. She is the founding editor of her school's literary magazine, an Executive Editor for Polyphony Lit, a Poetry Editor for The Global Youth Review, and a Poetry Reader for Muzzle Magazine. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying nature and thanking God for another day.