Keana Aguila Labra (she/her) is a poet, essayist, & columnist who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a Features Writer for CBR.com & a Staff Writer for Book Riot.
Within the online lit community, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Marías at Sampaguitas & the co-editor of Chopsticks Alley Pinoy. She is a regular contributor for MID-HEAVEN Magazine, the columnist behind Malungkot for Ayaskala, the anime & manga columnist behind Closed Captioning for Headcanon Magazine, & a Prose, Poetry and Op-ed Reader for Dream Noir Magazine.
She was previously a Poetry Reader for Homology Lit, and a Regular Contributor for both Royal Rose Magazine and Teen Belle Magazine. She was briefly a reader for Prismatica Magazine.
Her poetry may be found in the Aoi Kuma Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Peculiars Magazine, Peeking Cat Poetry, Reclaim Anthology, La Scrittrice, The Crimes Against the Uterus Anthology with Wide Eyes Publishing, Volume 3 of Phemme Zine, Lift Every Voice Anthology with Kissing Dynamite, the Catharsis Anthology with Teen Belle Magazine, the No Tender Fences Anthology, 3 Moon Magazine, & in the second anthology, Dear Sister Friend for the She Will Speak Series.
She has upcoming work with the Trigger Warning Anthology with Wide Eyes Publishing. She was nominated by Royal Rose Magazine for the 2019 Best of Net Anthology for her poem, Insistent. Her book reviews may be found on Medium & GoodReads.
She examines literature & media through a cultural, feminist lens. Knowing the importance of representation, her work is evidence that Filipinx Americans are present in the literary world. She may be found reading, watching anime, or writing in her journal. Her favorite genres are sci-fi thrillers, mysteries, & Westerns.