Myrna Peña-Reyes was born in 1938 to schoolteacher parents in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. Her family spent the World War II years in the jungles of Mindanao where her mother passed away when she was only four years old. After the war, her family (including a younger brother) moved to Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental where she completed her elementary, high school, and college education. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon where she met her husband, poet William T. Sweet. For several years, she was on the faculty of the Department of English and Literature at Silliman University and the Silliman National Writers Workshop. In Edugene, Oregon, where she and her husband now reside, she has taught college classes; was co-owner of a grocery store and a bookstore; worked in an office supplies shop; and is presently a book buyer for a bookstore. [From the book River Singing Stone ]

She has one book of poems entitled The River Singing Stone, published by Anvil in 1994.