Jen Soriano

Jen Soriano (@jensorianowrites)

Writer & Comms Strategist (she/they) 2019 Fugue Prose Prize 2019 Penelope Niven Award. Jack Jones Yi Dae Up Fellow. Contributing Ed @theslagglasscity

Website: https://linktr.ee/jensorianowrites

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Posted @withrepost • @micahbazant Calling all trans and non-binary people of color and Indigenous Two Spirit creative writers & artists!!✨$1000 paid opportunity to participate in the Trans Day of Resilience Art Project with @fwdtogether ✨
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Application & more info at bit.ly/TDOR2019app [link in bio]. Deadline: Sunday 7/28
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Trans Day of Resilience Art Project (www.tdor.co) grew out of a need to celebrate and support trans women and femmes of color, not only in memoriam but in LIFE. For the past 6 years, this project has brought trans artists and organizers together to imagine a world that cherishes trans communities of color. The art and writing we've created has been used in actions and altars, in classrooms and prisons, and by hundreds of big and small, urban and rural trans-led groups who are saving our lives.
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We welcome submissions from youth, new artists, as well as those with more experience. Trans women & trans femmes of color especially encouraged to apply!
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We believe in your brilliance! Apply apply apply! 💖🔥
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[Art by @3thanxp . Image description in alt text]

Posted @withrepost • @micahbazant Calling all trans and non-binary people of color and Indigenous Two Spirit creative writers & artists!!✨$1000 paid opportunity to participate in the Trans Day of Resilience Art Project with @fwdtogether ✨ . . . . Application & more info at bit.ly/TDOR2019app [link in bio]. Deadline: Sunday 7/28 . . . . Trans Day of Resilience Art Project (www.tdor.co) grew out of a need to celebrate and support trans women and femmes of color, not only in memoriam but in LIFE. For the past 6 years, this project has brought trans artists and organizers together to imagine a world that cherishes trans communities of color. The art and writing we've created has been used in actions and altars, in classrooms and prisons, and by hundreds of big and small, urban and rural trans-led groups who are saving our lives. . . . . We welcome submissions from youth, new artists, as well as those with more experience. Trans women & trans femmes of color especially encouraged to apply! . . . . We believe in your brilliance! Apply apply apply! 💖🔥 . . . . [Art by @3thanxp . Image description in alt text]

I printed it. Then put it in a corner and gave it wide berth like the wild animal that it is - then after a week of circling I put my hands on it and am facing the beast. I thought that materializing the first draft of my manuscript would feel triumphant, and there is some of that. But mostly it feels complicated - like dissociated, is that really mine? Do I want to own it and all the contractions and fevered labor I have yet to face to birth it? Do I really want to share all the soft and tender and ugly parts of it, and of me with people who will be indifferent and unkind? I am sitting with these feelings and also dancing with the coming of summer and sun and fire - my elements and season - and stepping forward toward the flames cuz at the end of it all Im a pyro and maybe I can welcome some burns. And shit. 232 pages and 70,586 words is something to celebrate. 📸: Teo .
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#womenofcolorwriters #amwriting #wocwriters #summer #firstdraft #manuscript #memoir #cnf #lyric #hybrid #booksinprogress #bookbirthing #IwanteveryoneIlovetowriteaBook

I printed it. Then put it in a corner and gave it wide berth like the wild animal that it is - then after a week of circling I put my hands on it and am facing the beast. I thought that materializing the first draft of my manuscript would feel triumphant, and there is some of that. But mostly it feels complicated - like dissociated, is that really mine? Do I want to own it and all the contractions and fevered labor I have yet to face to birth it? Do I really want to share all the soft and tender and ugly parts of it, and of me with people who will be indifferent and unkind? I am sitting with these feelings and also dancing with the coming of summer and sun and fire - my elements and season - and stepping forward toward the flames cuz at the end of it all Im a pyro and maybe I can welcome some burns. And shit. 232 pages and 70,586 words is something to celebrate. 📸: Teo . . . .  #womenofcolorwriters  #amwriting  #wocwriters  #summer  #firstdraft  #manuscript  #memoir  #cnf  #lyric  #hybrid  #booksinprogress  #bookbirthing  #IwanteveryoneIlovetowriteaBook

So proud of my friend @theresahyuna badass single Asian Am sista mama for telling her story through @4thtribodies - I hope you’ll check it out. Prepare to be inspired!

Posted @withrepost • @4thtribodies Theresa Hwang (39) and Sujin (1.5)
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https://www.4thtrimesterbodiesproject.com/gallery-1/2019/6/3/theresa-hwang?rq=Theresa%20hwang
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. “In 2013, I had a miscarriage. It was an unexpected pregnancy but my husband and I were excited about the possibilities. At the 8 week OB/GYN appointment, which I attended alone, the doctor paused during the un-anticipated ultrasound.  She went to find another doctor and I knew something was wrong. They confirmed the fetus showed stalled growth and that it was no longer a viable pregnancy. Up until that moment, I didn’t make much of the pregnancy, playing down the implication on our lives. So it was a bit unexpected when tears welled and I began to cry while reclined on the doctor’s table.  I went home and pushed away any feelings, and rationalized that how can I deeply mourn something that I hardly had a chance to bond with.  My husband and I never really talked about this and the grieving process was as silent as the miscarriage.⠀
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In early 2017, I surprisingly found out that I was pregnant. Although not completely planned, we were intentionally not using contraception and had discussions about starting a family, and from his prompting, green-lighted a baby as a welcomed possibility.  When I found out I was pregnant, I was overjoyed- excited to think about the future. I felt more prepared this time. My miscarriage helped me to focus on my health and prepare physically.  What I was unprepared for was my husband’s reaction.”

So proud of my friend @theresahyuna badass single Asian Am sista mama for telling her story through @4thtribodies - I hope you’ll check it out. Prepare to be inspired! Posted @withrepost • @4thtribodies Theresa Hwang (39) and Sujin (1.5) . . https://www.4thtrimesterbodiesproject.com/gallery-1/2019/6/3/theresa-hwang?rq=Theresa%20hwang . . “In 2013, I had a miscarriage. It was an unexpected pregnancy but my husband and I were excited about the possibilities. At the 8 week OB/GYN appointment, which I attended alone, the doctor paused during the un-anticipated ultrasound. She went to find another doctor and I knew something was wrong. They confirmed the fetus showed stalled growth and that it was no longer a viable pregnancy. Up until that moment, I didn’t make much of the pregnancy, playing down the implication on our lives. So it was a bit unexpected when tears welled and I began to cry while reclined on the doctor’s table. I went home and pushed away any feelings, and rationalized that how can I deeply mourn something that I hardly had a chance to bond with. My husband and I never really talked about this and the grieving process was as silent as the miscarriage.⠀ ⠀ In early 2017, I surprisingly found out that I was pregnant. Although not completely planned, we were intentionally not using contraception and had discussions about starting a family, and from his prompting, green-lighted a baby as a welcomed possibility. When I found out I was pregnant, I was overjoyed- excited to think about the future. I felt more prepared this time. My miscarriage helped me to focus on my health and prepare physically. What I was unprepared for was my husband’s reaction.”

Calling all queer Asian poets and fiction writers! Posted @withrepost • @kundimanforever This June, Kundiman is celebrating pride month by building the Queer Scholarship Fund, a need-based scholarship fund for queer Asian American poets and writers to participate in Kundiman programming!
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http://www.kundiman.org/announcements/2019/6/7/kundimans-queer-scholarship-fund
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#kundiman #asianwriters #retreats #scholarships #pride #wocwriters

Calling all queer Asian poets and fiction writers! Posted @withrepost • @kundimanforever This June, Kundiman is celebrating pride month by building the Queer Scholarship Fund, a need-based scholarship fund for queer Asian American poets and writers to participate in Kundiman programming! To learn more, click on the link below: http://www.kundiman.org/announcements/2019/6/7/kundimans-queer-scholarship-fund . .  #kundiman  #asianwriters  #retreats  #scholarships  #pride  #wocwriters

There are three moments that I knew would change my life the second they happened: getting hired by @culturejedi to help start what became the Center for @mediajustice, meeting my homie for life @juan21stcentury, and starting IVF with the doctor who first brought the procedure to the Caribbean. Getting into the @jackjoneslitarts 2019 retreat is now the fourth. Yah, I feel like my life just leveled up! 🍀🌟🎉💃🏽 Thank you to @cheemobile for fully funding the Yi Dae Up Fellowship for Asian American prose writers and to Kima Jones and the whole wonderful Jack Jones Literary Arts team. .
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Repost @jackjoneslitarts: Please meet @jensorianowrites, our 2019 Yi Dae Up fellow in nonfiction. Jen Soriano is a Filipinx-American writer whose work has appeared in Pleiades, Waxwing, Reappropriate, Seattle Magazine, and TAYO Literary Magazine, among other journals. Jen holds a BA in History and Science from Harvard and an MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop. She is at work on a lyric memoir about historical trauma and the neuroscience of healing. Another big thank you to @cheemobile for fully funding this opportunity. #jjlaretreat .
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#writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writerscommunity #writingcommunity #womenwriters #womenofcolor #nonbinary #womenofcolorwriters #nonbinarywriters #woc #wocwriters #wocwritersofinsta #jackjones #jackjonesliteraryarts #asiansforblacklives #asians4blacklives #18millionrising #18mr #retreatlife #writingfellowship #writingretreat

There are three moments that I knew would change my life the second they happened: getting hired by @culturejedi to help start what became the Center for @mediajustice, meeting my homie for life @juan21stcentury, and starting IVF with the doctor who first brought the procedure to the Caribbean. Getting into the @jackjoneslitarts 2019 retreat is now the fourth. Yah, I feel like my life just leveled up! 🍀🌟🎉💃🏽 Thank you to @cheemobile for fully funding the Yi Dae Up Fellowship for Asian American prose writers and to Kima Jones and the whole wonderful Jack Jones Literary Arts team. . . Repost @jackjoneslitarts: Please meet @jensorianowrites, our 2019 Yi Dae Up fellow in nonfiction. Jen Soriano is a Filipinx-American writer whose work has appeared in Pleiades, Waxwing, Reappropriate, Seattle Magazine, and TAYO Literary Magazine, among other journals. Jen holds a BA in History and Science from Harvard and an MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop. She is at work on a lyric memoir about historical trauma and the neuroscience of healing. Another big thank you to @cheemobile for fully funding this opportunity.  #jjlaretreat . .  #writerscommunity  #writersofinstagram  #writerslife  #writerscommunity  #writingcommunity  #womenwriters  #womenofcolor  #nonbinary  #womenofcolorwriters  #nonbinarywriters  #woc  #wocwriters  #wocwritersofinsta  #jackjones  #jackjonesliteraryarts  #asiansforblacklives  #asians4blacklives  #18millionrising  #18mr  #retreatlife  #writingfellowship  #writingretreat

Heeeey check out what Judge @melissafebos had to say about my essay “Unbroken Water,” which she chose as the winner of the 2019 Penelope Niven Prize in Creative Nonfiction. It’s an amazing and humbling thing when another writers connects with your words and when you get to feel seen and bridge with others through such a solitary art as writing. Congratulations to all the other 2019 #internationalliteraryaward winners @lauralminor
@elizabeth.edelglass
@jamaicabaldwin
Toni Plummer
Sara Phipps and thank you to the @centerforwomenwriters for all their support of women and nonbinary writers over the years. #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #writingcommunity #writerscommunity #womenwriters #womenwhowrite #womensrights

Heeeey check out what Judge @melissafebos had to say about my essay “Unbroken Water,” which she chose as the winner of the 2019 Penelope Niven Prize in Creative Nonfiction. It’s an amazing and humbling thing when another writers connects with your words and when you get to feel seen and bridge with others through such a solitary art as writing. Congratulations to all the other 2019  #internationalliteraryaward winners @lauralminor @elizabeth.edelglass @jamaicabaldwin Toni Plummer Sara Phipps and thank you to the @centerforwomenwriters for all their support of women and nonbinary writers over the years.  #writerslife  #writersofinstagram  #writinglife  #writingcommunity  #writerscommunity  #womenwriters  #womenwhowrite  #womensrights

So much of my life has been shaped by the years I spent building some of the foundations of communications practice and organizational infrastructure of the Center for Media Justice alongside @culturejedi And @amy.sonnie  It wasn’t easy work but it was rewarding as hell and a small part of me grew more whole with each moment of building the capacity of targeted communities to speak for themselves. Happy 10th anniversary to the Center for Media Justice and here’s to decades more because we all deserve the freedom to communicate, to organize, to share our perspectives, to CHOOSE, to re-enter, to dissent, and to have the infrastructure we need to be heard (am I right @teamreframe?)
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#10yearsofMediaJustice #mediajustice #openinternet #netneutrality #digitalsanctuary #lifeline #lifework #movement #technologyforliberation #cancelthecontract

So much of my life has been shaped by the years I spent building some of the foundations of communications practice and organizational infrastructure of the Center for Media Justice alongside @culturejedi And @amy.sonnie It wasn’t easy work but it was rewarding as hell and a small part of me grew more whole with each moment of building the capacity of targeted communities to speak for themselves. Happy 10th anniversary to the Center for Media Justice and here’s to decades more because we all deserve the freedom to communicate, to organize, to share our perspectives, to CHOOSE, to re-enter, to dissent, and to have the infrastructure we need to be heard (am I right @teamreframe?) . .  #10yearsofMediaJustice  #mediajustice  #openinternet  #netneutrality  #digitalsanctuary  #lifeline  #lifework  #movement  #technologyforliberation  #cancelthecontract

Speaking of broken histories and healing, so grateful to @tayoliterarymag for publishing my review of @ejrdavidphd’s important book on raising a family with the analysis experience and loving resistance to transform oppression and break cycles of intergenerational trauma. This one’s for my son Teo 💜 Link in bio. .
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Tayoliterarymag: We’re super excited to share this riveting review of @ejrdavidphd’s “We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet: Letters to My Filipino-Athabascan Family” by @jensorianowrites 💜!! Check it out here 👉🏾 http://www.tayoliterarymag.com/reviews-2/ejr-david || #EJRDavid #psychology #historicaltrauma #inheritedtrauma #intergenerationaltrauma #cPTSD #soulwound #ACEs #racism #colonization #oppression #decolonization #roots #ancestors #collectivehealing #Filipinos #Filipinas #pinays #pinayism #KoyukonaAthabascan #nativeamericans #firstnationpeople #NativeAlaskans #healthdisparities #Barrows #Seattle #bookstagram #bookreview #APAHM

Speaking of broken histories and healing, so grateful to @tayoliterarymag for publishing my review of @ejrdavidphd’s important book on raising a family with the analysis experience and loving resistance to transform oppression and break cycles of intergenerational trauma. This one’s for my son Teo 💜 Link in bio. . . . Tayoliterarymag: We’re super excited to share this riveting review of @ejrdavidphd’s “We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet: Letters to My Filipino-Athabascan Family” by @jensorianowrites 💜!! Check it out here 👉🏾 http://www.tayoliterarymag.com/reviews-2/ejr-david ||  #EJRDavid  #psychology  #historicaltrauma  #inheritedtrauma  #intergenerationaltrauma  #cPTSD  #soulwound  #ACEs  #racism  #colonization  #oppression  #decolonization  #roots  #ancestors  #collectivehealing  #Filipinos  #Filipinas  #pinays  #pinayism  #KoyukonaAthabascan  #nativeamericans  #firstnationpeople  #NativeAlaskans  #healthdisparities  #Barrows  #Seattle  #bookstagram  #bookreview  #APAHM

Thinking a lot about being broken and unbroken. How claiming illness can be healing in an ableist world and how claiming healing is not about overcoming  or avoiding but about confronting and digging in and doing the work. And the work of healing is sometimes sweet but often it hurts like hell. There are no shortcuts, there isn’t even a destination. There’s just a practice: of licking wounds, of tenderness, of rocking, of flowing, of stuttering and staggering and of lamenting because even as we claim joy and count blessings we also have the right to take seriously our grief and our sickness and our pain. #notsorry #nodeflection #reflection #unbrokenwater #brokenthings #Lachinecanal #stlawrenceriver #StLawrenceSeaway #colonizedlandscapes #colonizedbodyscapes #mohawkland #sacredwater #kanienkehaka #tiothiàke #latergram #healingtrauma #historicaltrauma #traumaflowsdownstream

Thinking a lot about being broken and unbroken. How claiming illness can be healing in an ableist world and how claiming healing is not about overcoming or avoiding but about confronting and digging in and doing the work. And the work of healing is sometimes sweet but often it hurts like hell. There are no shortcuts, there isn’t even a destination. There’s just a practice: of licking wounds, of tenderness, of rocking, of flowing, of stuttering and staggering and of lamenting because even as we claim joy and count blessings we also have the right to take seriously our grief and our sickness and our pain.  #notsorry  #nodeflection  #reflection  #unbrokenwater  #brokenthings  #Lachinecanal  #stlawrenceriver  #StLawrenceSeaway  #colonizedlandscapes  #colonizedbodyscapes  #mohawkland  #sacredwater  #kanienkehaka  #tiothiàke  #latergram  #healingtrauma  #historicaltrauma  #traumaflowsdownstream

My baby! Ready for his fifth march around the sun. The day Teo was born was a full sun 80 degrees and I watched MayDay marchers parade up 15th ave while sweltering in labor. I was sitting on a birthing ball half dressed in a hospital gown watching from a GroupHealth corner window and hoping Teo would make his way out soon enough to see the same day his badass working great grandmother Simeona was born. The midwives told me at 8pm that I still had about seven hours to go, but Teo cannonballed his way out at 10pm wailing his way decisively into a May1st birthday. We’ve marched together at every MayDay rally since and I hope we get to do it together till I move on to the big rally in the sky 😁#MayDay #MayDayBaby #InternationalWorkersDay #TeoSimeon #NamedAfterVisabuela #haymarketsquare #ChitownRoots #labor #laboranddelivery

My baby! Ready for his fifth march around the sun. The day Teo was born was a full sun 80 degrees and I watched MayDay marchers parade up 15th ave while sweltering in labor. I was sitting on a birthing ball half dressed in a hospital gown watching from a GroupHealth corner window and hoping Teo would make his way out soon enough to see the same day his badass working great grandmother Simeona was born. The midwives told me at 8pm that I still had about seven hours to go, but Teo cannonballed his way out at 10pm wailing his way decisively into a May1st birthday. We’ve marched together at every MayDay rally since and I hope we get to do it together till I move on to the big rally in the sky 😁 #MayDay  #MayDayBaby  #InternationalWorkersDay  #TeoSimeon  #NamedAfterVisabuela  #haymarketsquare  #ChitownRoots  #labor  #laboranddelivery

Hey hey friends guess what?? Im very excited to share that Melissa Febos chose my essay “Unbroken Water” as the winner of the 2019 Penelope Niven award for Creative Nonfiction. So grateful to the @centerforwomenwriters and @melissafebos for this honor. It helps with the momentum needed to move up that Sisyphean hill that is getting my book manuscript (of which this essay is a part) to a completed first draft. Also, writers need to eat and the cash prize is much appreciated. 📸 : @nishisaka .
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Posted @withrepost • @centerforwomenwriters *Cue the confetti* Melissa Febos chose Jen Soriano’s “Unbroken Water” as the 2019 Winner of the Penelope Niven CNF! Award #ila2019 Check out the comments to read a Soriano story! .
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#writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writing #writinglife #CNF #essay #contest #unbrokenwater #womenwriters #pinay #filipina #filipinx #pinaypower #allpinayeverything #pinaywriters #filipinxwriters #filipinawriters #nonfiction #creativenonfiction #literarynonfiction #lyricessay #rainierwritingworkshop #writersofcolor #penelopeniven #philippines #rivers #water #intergenerationaltrauma #historicaltrauma

Hey hey friends guess what?? Im very excited to share that Melissa Febos chose my essay “Unbroken Water” as the winner of the 2019 Penelope Niven award for Creative Nonfiction. So grateful to the @centerforwomenwriters and @melissafebos for this honor. It helps with the momentum needed to move up that Sisyphean hill that is getting my book manuscript (of which this essay is a part) to a completed first draft. Also, writers need to eat and the cash prize is much appreciated. 📸 : @nishisaka . . Posted @withrepost • @centerforwomenwriters *Cue the confetti* Melissa Febos chose Jen Soriano’s “Unbroken Water” as the 2019 Winner of the Penelope Niven CNF! Award  #ila2019 Check out the comments to read a Soriano story! . .  #writerscommunity  #writersofinstagram  #writing  #writinglife  #CNF  #essay  #contest  #unbrokenwater  #womenwriters  #pinay  #filipina  #filipinx  #pinaypower  #allpinayeverything  #pinaywriters  #filipinxwriters  #filipinawriters  #nonfiction  #creativenonfiction  #literarynonfiction  #lyricessay  #rainierwritingworkshop  #writersofcolor  #penelopeniven  #philippines  #rivers  #water  #intergenerationaltrauma  #historicaltrauma

Some of the physical gems 💎 I took back home with me from the @pinaypowerii conference: Sabangan, a book of poetry by Deann Louise C. Nardo - with a beautiful marbled painting cover and bookmark made by the author; Kali’s Blade, poems by Kali Gura Michelle Bautista; and Pinay Power Zine Volume One published by ANAK Publishing Worker Cooperative. Can’t wait to dig in 🥄 Was also happy to connect with some writers whose work Ive followed or heard of but had not met in person till now: @domainedenarwhal @rockycruzzo and @janicesap - Pinxy writers uniiiiite!! 😄👊🏽✊🏽✒️📝

Some of the physical gems 💎 I took back home with me from the @pinaypowerii conference: Sabangan, a book of poetry by Deann Louise C. Nardo - with a beautiful marbled painting cover and bookmark made by the author; Kali’s Blade, poems by Kali Gura Michelle Bautista; and Pinay Power Zine Volume One published by ANAK Publishing Worker Cooperative. Can’t wait to dig in 🥄 Was also happy to connect with some writers whose work Ive followed or heard of but had not met in person till now: @domainedenarwhal @rockycruzzo and @janicesap - Pinxy writers uniiiiite!! 😄👊🏽✊🏽✒️📝

Took my son out for breakfast 🥞 🍳 to spend a little QT before heading out to Montreal for the Pinay Power II Conference. So looking forward to workshopping my research and writing on colonization, embodied history and the neuroscience of healing from historical trauma with @goldenladynay and to learning from all the incredible Filipinx artists/activists/academics/socialworkers/changemakers who will be there 👊🏽✊🏽🔥🇨🇦🇵🇭 📸 by Teodoro :)
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#pinay #pinxy #pinaypower #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writerslife #conference #filipina #filipinx #historicaltrauma #healingtrauma #decolonize #breakfast

Took my son out for breakfast 🥞 🍳 to spend a little QT before heading out to Montreal for the Pinay Power II Conference. So looking forward to workshopping my research and writing on colonization, embodied history and the neuroscience of healing from historical trauma with @goldenladynay and to learning from all the incredible Filipinx artists/activists/academics/socialworkers/changemakers who will be there 👊🏽✊🏽🔥🇨🇦🇵🇭 📸 by Teodoro :) . . .  #pinay  #pinxy  #pinaypower  #writersofinstagram  #writerscommunity  #writerslife  #conference  #filipina  #filipinx  #historicaltrauma  #healingtrauma  #decolonize  #breakfast

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