Odilia Rivera Santos was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Santos emigrated with her family to New York City at the age of almost six. Santos received a degree in Comparative Literature. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, have appeared in La Clave, Meridians: race, gender, transnationalism, Mochila Review, How Running Saved My Life, Wicked Alice, Whetstone, and 580 Split. Santos lives and works in New York City.