Clarissa de Leon is a teacher, researcher, and writer. She is currently completing her PhD at Queen’s University where she researches curriculum theory, literary experiences, cultural identity, and Filipino/a/x-Canadians. She was awarded the 2019 English Thesis Master's Research Award by the Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada for her thesis "'A Calm Arises': An anxious adolescent's experience of building self-compassion through aesthetic reading."
Her writing has appeared in The Ekphrastic Review and Key Concepts in Curriculum Studies: Perspectives on the Fundamentals. Clarissa lives in Kingston, Ontario, with her greyhound, Emilio.