Writer and musician Ina Cariño was born in the mountain city of Baguio in the Philippines. "Baguio," derived from "bag-iw," means "moss" in the native Ibaloi dialect. The sylvan backdrop of Ina's childhood home greatly influences her work. Baguio is also known as an artists' haven. It is fitting, then, that Ina's family is one of artists, musicians, and writers. At the age of ten, she moved to the United States to be with her mother, poet Luisa Igloria.
Drawing on both folk stories and contemporary experiences as a writer of color, Ina is also interested in the chimerical: things such as the intersection of life and death, hybrid existences, and the intricacies of liminality, in the light of not only diaspora, but also of women's experiences and sexuality.
Ina received her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in music performance from East Carolina University. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in creative writing with a concentration in poetry at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, where she is also a teaching assistant.
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