Romalyn Ante was born in 1989 during her hometown's fiesta of San Sebastian. She grew up and lived in the Philippines until she migrated to the UK when she was 16 years old. She is a Wolverhampton-based poet and co-founding editor of harana poetry. Her debut collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, will come out with Chatto & Windus in 2020.
She is the first East-Asian to win the Poetry London Prize (2018) and the Manchester Poetry Prize (2017). She also won the Creative Future Literary Award 2017.
Her debut pamphlet, Rice & Rain (V. Press), received the 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. She has also been commissioned by several organisations such as Birmingham Literature Festival and Verve Poetry Festival, and ran a number of poetry workshops including those for The Poetry School, UniSlam, and Writing West Midlands.
Apart from being a writer, she also works as a specialist nurse practitioner