Ivy Alvarez is the author of Disturbance (Wales: Seren, 2013).
A MacDowell Colony, and Hawthornden Fellow, thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize, both Literature Wales and the Australia Council for the Arts awarded her grants towards the writing of Disturbance.
Widely-published and anthologised, her poetry also appears on a mobile app The Disappearing, in Takahē, The Age / Sydney Morning Herald, and Best Australian Poems (2009, 2013), with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean.
Her poetry collections include Mortal (2006), Hollywood Starlet (dancing girl press) and The Everyday English Dictionary (Paekakariki Press), with her next work, Diaspora, Vol. L, forthcoming in 2019.
Ivy Alvarez has read at the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival in New Zealand, as well as the Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival and the Tasmanian Poetry Festival in Australia that same year.
Previous festival appearances include the Oxford Literary Festival and the Seoul International Writers Festival.
She is currently the editor for the New Zealand Poetry Society’s magazine, a fine line and series editor for The Private Press. She also edited the Aotearoa/New Zealand edition of Atlanta Review.
She is also a 2018 Creative New Zealand grant recipient, and a 2019 Michael King Writers Centre residency awardee.
Born in the Philippines, Ivy Alvarez grew up in Tasmania, Australia. Having lived in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, she lived almost ten years in Cardiff, Wales, before arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014.
In 2017, she signed up with Fourth Wall acting agency.