Introduction

Romalyn Ante

Romalyn Ante

Romalyn Ante profile photo for Kendal Poetry Festival 2021

Festival Poet

Romalyn Ante (b. 1989) grew up in the Philippines until she migrated to the UK when she was 16 years old. She is a West Midland-based poet and co-founding editor of harana poetry. She is also a poetry editor at Ambit magazine. Her debut collection is Antiemetic for Homesickness (Chatto & Windus)

Romalyn is Poetry Ambassadors 2021 mentor. She was appointed Poet-in-Residence at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust/ Hosking Houses Trust in 2019. She is the first East-Asian to win the Poetry London Prize (2018) judged by Kwame Dawes. She is also the first East-Asian to win the Manchester Poetry Prize (2017). Her debut pamphlet, Rice & Rain (V Press), received the 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet.

She has been commissioned by several organisations such as Birmingham Literature Festival, Southbank Center, Book Week Scotland, and Verve Poetry Festival, and ran a number of poetry workshops including those for The Poetry School, Royal College of Nursing, UniSlam and Writing West Midlands.

Apart from being a writer, she also works full-time as a specialist nurse practitioner.


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