​Monica Macansantos was born and raised in the Philippines and holds an MFA in writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in Day One, The Masters Review, Longform Fiction, Thin Noon, Aotearotica, and TAYO Literary Magazine, among other places. She recently had work recognized in the Notable List of The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. Monica lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. ​