Tina Biello comes from a small logging town in BC, and is born of immigrant parents. She studied theatre at UBC and is an actor, and now a poet and playwright. Her poems have appeared in chapbook anthologies edited by Patrick Lane since 2008. Her first full-length book of poetry, In the Bone Cracks of the Walls, published by Leaf Press Spring 2014, was shortlisted for the Bressani Prize and was part of a multi-disciplinary art exhibition of poetry, watercolour and music in Montreal, Vancouver and Italy. She has had poems set to music by composers from Vancouver, Montreal and Cape Breton. Her second full-length book of poems, A Housecoat Remains, was published by Guernica Editions, September 2015. She served as Poet Laureate of Nanaimo from 2017-2020.