Ivy Alvarez is an award-winning New Zealand-based Filipino Australian poet, editor, and reviewer. A prolific writer, Alvarez has had her work featured in various publications in Australia, Canada, England, the Philippines, New Zealand, Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Wales, the USA, South Africa, and online.
Alvarez was born in the Philippines and grew up in Tasmania, Australia. While reading English at the University of Tasmania, she was published in various literary journals and anthologies, and subsequently became the reviews editor of Cordite Poetry Review, an Australian online poetry journal. In 2000, she won the Great Age Melbourne Writers Festival Poetry Slam.
She moved to Aberdeen in 2002 and lived in Dublin between 2003 and 2004. In 2004, she was awarded a bursary from the Scottish Arvon Foundation and became the Special Poetry Guest to Dublin’s Trinity College/Florida International University poetry summer program. She moved to Cardiff in 2004. During the same year, her poem "earth", which first appeared in the anthology Moorilla Mosaic: Contemporary Tasmanian Writing, was included in the Australian/Pacific Region Literacy Placement Test for Scholarships. Alvarez was awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire, USA) and Hawthornden Castle (Scotland) in 2005.
In 2006, she edited A Slice of Cherry Pie, a chapbook anthology inspired by David Lynch's TV show, Twin Peaks. That same year, she received a grant from Wales Arts International which enabled her to travel to Sydney and participate in The Red Room Company’s "The Poetry Picture Show".
Her first poetry collection, Mortal, was released in 2006 by US publisher Red Morning Press. Craig Santos Perez, writing for Boxcar Poetry Review, called it "an incredible first collection" whose "casual tone, visceral imagery, and surprising figurative language keeps the reader engaged throughout."
In late 2006, Alvarez received The Australia Council Literature Board grant for poetry. She was invited on a writing residency by Fundación Valparaíso in Spain for April 2008, followed by a writing residency at the Booranga Writers Centre at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
In May 2011, she spent two weeks at the Seoul Art Space (Yeonhui) and gave readings as a member of the Oz-Ko Tour of Korea. Her poem “Hold” was published and discussed in the Poetry Workshop section of The Guardian on November 4, 2011.
Alvarez has been a guest at numerous writing festivals, including the National Young Writers' Festival in Newcastle, New South Wales. As a performer of her work, she has been Artiste-in-Residence for Australia's SBS radio and TV network. Her poetry has been featured on the audio compilations FlightPaths, Going Down Swinging and You Have Been Chosen. In addition to poetry, she also writes plays, articles, and reviews. Alvarez was awarded funding for her second poetry manuscript from both the Australia Council and the Welsh Academy.
Novel in verse
- Disturbance (Seren Books, 2013)
- Food for Humans (Melbourne: Slow Joe Crow Press, 2002)
- catalogue: life as tableware (Wales: The Private Press, 2004)
- What’s wrong (Wales: The Private Press, 2004)
- Mortal (Washington, DC: Red Morning Press, 2006)
- One Dozen Poison Hay(na)ku (2013)
- A Slice of Cherry Pie (The Private Press / Half Empty/Half Full, 2006)
- We Don’t Stop Here (The Private Press, 2008)
- The Chained Hay(na)ku Project (co-editor) (Meritage Press, 2010)
- Moorilla Mosaic (Bumble-bee Press, 2001)
- Father Poems (Anvil Publishing, 2004)
- The First Hay(na)ku Anthology (Meritage Press / xPress(ed), 2005)
- OBAN 06 (NZ Electronic Poetry Centre, 2006)
- NaPoWriMo (Big Game Books, 2006)
- From the Garden of the Gods (Sun Rising Press, 2006)
- The Musculature of Small Birds (Shadowbox Press, 2007)
- Brilliant Coroners (Phoenicia Publishing imprint, 2007)
- The Sex Mook: What is Our Sex? (Vignette Press, 2007)
- Letters to the World: Women Poets Anthology (Red Hen Press, 2008)
- The Best Australian Poems 2009 (Black Inc., 2009)
- Hair (Sydney: Trunk, 2009)
- Red Leaves / 紅葉 #001 (A Cowboy Named Molasses Publishing, 2010)
- Voice of Women in Wales (Wales Women’s National Coalition, 2010)
- Fire On Her Tongue (Two Sylvias Press, 2011)
- In Their Cups (Melbourne Poets Union, 2011)
- A Face to Meet the Faces (University of Akron Press, 2012)
- Priscelina Patajo-Legasto (2010). Philippine Studies: Have We Gone Beyond St. Louis?. The University of the Philippines Press. pp. 631–632. ISBN 978-971-542-591-9. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- "Ivy Alvarez". Auckland Writers Festival. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- "Oban06". new zealand electronic poetry centre. University of Auckland. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- "Alvarez, Ivy". The Writers of Wales Database. Academi. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- University of Melbourne (2002). Meanjin. University of Melbourne. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Robyn Mathison; Lyn Reeves (1 April 2001). Moorilla mosaic: contemporary Tasmanian writing. Bumble-bee Books. ISBN 978-0-9586133-2-3. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- "Mortal". ivyalvarez.com. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
- Ivy Alvarez (1 November 2006). Mortal. Red Morning Press. ISBN 978-0-9764439-2-6. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- Santos Perez, Craig (January 2008). "Review – Ivy Alvarez's Mortal". Boxcar Poetry Review (12). ISSN 1931-1761. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Staff "Oz-Ko Tour(s) – OZ-KO TOUR OF KOREA (MAY 2011)" Cordite Poetry Review.
- Admin (November 21, 2011). "Writer-a-Day: Ivy Alvarez reading “Hold”" Varuna, The Writers House Blog.
- Peter Rathjen (May 2011). "Alumni eNews – Poet on tour" University of Tasmania.
- Rachael Boast (November 4, 2011). "Poetry workshop: Skin – Hold, by Ivy Alvarez" The Guardian.
- Ivy Alvarez (2002). Food for humans. Slow Joe Crow Press. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Ivy Alvarez (2004). Catalogue: life as tableware. Private Press. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Gémino H. Abad (2004). Father poems. Published and exclusively distributed by Anvil Pub. ISBN 978-971-27-1482-5. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Jean Vengua; Mark Young (January 2005). The first Hay(na)ku anthology. Meritage Press. ISBN 978-951-9198-72-9. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Sun Rising Poetry Press (30 December 2005). From the Garden of the Gods. Sun Rising Pr. ISBN 978-0-9755955-9-6. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Robert Adamson (5 November 2009). The Best Australian Poems 2009. Black Inc. ISBN 978-1-86395-452-5. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Nunn, Graham (12 February 2009). "Red Leaves: an interview with Kirk Marshall". Another Lost Shark. Retrieved 5 March 2011.