Leslieann Hobayan is a poet-writer and a member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA), a community dedicated to writers of color. Nominated for a Pushcart, her work has appeared in Rigorous Literary Magazine, Barely South Review, Generations Literary Journal, The New York Quarterly, Phati’tude, Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-American Writers, and Pinoy Poetics. She has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship for Poetry by the Vermont Studio Center, an artist grant for Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers Conference, and named Scholar for BinderCon NY, a writing conference for women writers. Currently teaching at Rutgers University, she has served as a writing mentor for youth at Urban Word NYC and has taught creative writing at UC-Santa Cruz and Montclair State University. She is at work on a collection of poems as well as a collection of short stories.