Arlene Biala

Arlene Biala (she/her) is a Pinay poet born in San Francisco and raised in the South Bay. She has been participating in poetry performances and workshops for over 30 years and was the 2016-2017 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. She is the author of several collections of poetry: bone, continental drift and her beckoning hands, which won the 2015 American Book Award. Her latest book, one inch punch, was published in January 2019.

Arlene was invited by Aja Couchois Duncan

She invited ASHA to perform in the subsequent show, on July 5, 2021.

Arlene wants you to know about the 2021 Legacy of Poetry Festival, April 15-23. Check it out!

You can also catch her on April 18 as part of a reading for Poetry Center San José.

You can order her book of poems, One Inch Punchthrough Bookshop or our partner bookstore, The Booksmith,