Ivy Alvarez is the author of verse novel Disturbance (Wales: Seren, 2013).
A MacDowell Colony, and Hawthornden Fellow, thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry and once for fiction, 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 latest, Diaspora: Volume L, is available from Paloma Press.
Adapted from Ivy Alvarez’s work, Disturbance the musical premiered July 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.
Alvarez also featured 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 the editor for the New Zealand Poetry Society’s magazine, a fine line, and a co-editor for Verity La.‘s Discoursing Diaspora. She also edited the first Aotearoa New Zealand edition of Atlanta Review (USA, 2017).
In 2019, the Australia Council for the Arts awarded Ivy Alvarez a grant to support the writing of a fourth volume of Diaspora. In the previous year, she received a grant from Creative New Zealand, and a stipended residency from the Michael King Writers Centre, towards writing a second and third volume, respectively.
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.