About

Short Bio: 

Caroliena Cabada is a writer based in Ames, Iowa. She was the recipient of the 2018-2019 Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing at Iowa State University, where she is currently pursuing her MFA. Her fiction and poetry appear in As It Ought To Be MagazinejmwwThe Orchards Poetry JournalEunoia ReviewBarren Magazine, Minetta Review, and other places.

Long bio: 

Caroliena Cabada is a writer based in Ames, Iowa. She was the recipient of the 2018-2019 Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing at Iowa State University, where she is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment. She has served as Managing Editor for Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment.

As an instructor at Iowa State, Caroliena teaches multimodal communication with an emphasis on technology and digital literacy, encouraging her students to examine internet norms and behaviors. In addition to her role as a graduate teaching assistant, she has served as a student representative on the English Department’s Graduate Studies Committee, was chosen to be part of the 2020-2021 Graduate College Emerging Leaders Academy, and is an English Department Senator in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Prior to attending Iowa State, she earned workshop space at the Northern California Writers’ Retreat, worked in communications for science and activism nonprofits in New York City, and earned a BA in Chemistry from New York University. 

Caroliena writes fiction and poetry about intergenerational conflict, climate change, and being a Filipino American woman by examining tropical storms and other extreme weather events from multiple perspectives, including from the eye of the storm. She is currently at work on a short story cycle about a fictional Filipino American family living through several labor, racial justice, and sexual freedom movements in the U.S. and the Philippines. Her writing appears in As It Ought To Be MagazinejmwwThe Orchards Poetry JournalEunoia ReviewBarren Magazine, Minetta Review, and other places.

Photo by Riley Morsman
Photo by Riley Morsman