Carmin Wong was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Her poetry, plays and research engage with transnational Black identities through written and oral literatures. She is pursuing a dual-title PhD in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Penn State. A graduate of Howard University, Carmin earned a BA in English with a minor in playwriting from the Division of Fine Arts (re-established as the Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts) and was inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta International English Society. She holds an MFA in poetry writing from the University of New Orleans, where she served as an Associate Poetry Editor of Bayou Magazine. She is a Girls Write Now class of 2014 mentee alum.