Ivy Alvarez grew up in Hobart. Her poetry has been published in Australia, Canada, the USA and online. She received a commendation in the Daffodil Day Arts Awards for Poetry, and won the Great Age Melbourne Writers' Festival Poetry Slam in 2000. In 2001, Alvarez participated in a Development Forum at the Varuna Writers Centre, New South Wales.
Alvarez first visited South Korea in 2011 as part of an Australia-Korea Poetry Tour exchange, organised by Cordite Poetry Review and Asialink and in 2012 she was a guest at the Seoul International Writers' Festival. She has lived in Wales since 2004.