Kattia Chico was born in San José, Costa Rica, to Puerto Rican parents on October 14, 1969. She was raised on the west coast of Puerto Rico and currently lives in San Germán. Chico completed a doctorate at the Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, an MA degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus, and a BA at the Interamerican University, San Germán Campus.
Chico has published two poetry collections: Mala luz (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2017) and Efectos Secundarios (Terranova, 2004). The latter won the 2004 National Poetry Award from the PEN Club of Puerto Rico. Her poetry appears on websites and in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines published in Puerto Rico and abroad. She has participated in festivals, workshops, and literary encounters in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and in major cities in the mainland U.S. In 2022, she was named an inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellow by the Flamboyan Foundation.
Chico is currently a professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce.