Lyz Soto was born on the Hāmākua coast on the island of Hawaiʻi and raised on the islands of Maui and Oʻahu. She has worked with Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi and Pacific Tongues teaching spoken word and poetry to youth in Hawaiʻi, Aotearoa, Papua New Guinea, and the Marshall Islands. Lyz has worked in construction for nearly twenty years and has also taught 20th century American poetry, spoken word, and Pacific Island literature for more than ten years. Her chapbook Eulogies was published in 2010 by Tinfish Press and her book Translate Sun/Son/Sum was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry theater show, Her Bodies of Stories, premiered in December of 2016 at the Doris Duke Theatre. Lyz is always looking for the best moments in between the lines.