Alana Dao is a mother, writer, and restaurant professional. Much of her practice explores the performance of race, socio-economic class, and gender through the lens of food. She is interested in contemporary cultural criticism, artistic motherhood, and intergenerational trauma. Currently, she is Co-Director of A CLEARING: A Maine Arts Community, an intentional space to create outside the traditional confines of the Western, masculine-centric canon. Her previous writing has been featured in The Chart, VICE, and the Huffington Post, among other publications.

She received a BA from Smith College and a MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Texas, she resides in Portland, Maine which is in the traditional territory of Abenaki/Wabanaki land.