Alana Dao is a mother, writer, artist, and food/restaurant professional. Much of her practice explores the performance of race, socio-economic class, and gender through the lens of food. She is also 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. She is a Kindling Fund recipient, a grant administered on behalf of the Andy Warhol Foundation. 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 and raised in Asia and the US, she resides in Portland, Maine with her daughters, husband, and no less than three sourdough starters.