Arlene Biala is a Filipina poet and performance artist, born in San Francisco, CA. She is the author of bone, her first chapbook of poetry published in 1993, continental drift, and her beckoning hands, published by Word Poetry - WordTech Editions in July, 2014. She received her MFA in Poetics & Writing from New College of CA, and was the recipient of an artist residency at Montalvo. her beckoning hands recently won a 2015 American Book Award. Performances and workshops include University of Texas at El Paso, Writers’ Week at UC Riverside, DiVERSEcity in NYC, San Francisco Asian American Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Manilatown Center at the I-Hotel, La Pena Cultural Center, APAture at Intersection for the Arts, Santa Clara University, and SOMArts Center in San Francisco. She has also performed for and taught creative writing workshops with elementary and high school youth. She lives in Sunnyvale, CA with husband Carl, (blue) Queensland Heeler Pepper, and their three children: Kai, (aries)15; Josh (scorpio)12; and Kiana (scorpio, again) 10.