Jen Soriano (@jensorianowrites)

Writer. Conspirator. Communications Strategist. Essays appear in Reappropriate, Seattle Magazine, Pleiades, Waxwing and others.

Website: https://linktr.ee/jensorianowrites

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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?) . . #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. . . . 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

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 . . 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!! 😄👊🏽✊🏽✒️📝

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

Fly on Little Wing...went to pay our respects to Jimi Hendrix on this rainy Sunday at the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Renton... * *Woman and child and man and wife The best love to have is the love of life* ... ...Well, she's walking through the clouds With a circus mind that's running wild Butterflies and Zebras And Moonbeams and fairy tales That's all she ever thinks about Riding with the wind... . . #jimihendrix #musicidol #donthatecreate #genius #poet #virtuoso #voice #guitarist #singer #songwriter #original #blackrock #goyourownway #littlewing #straightahead #gonetoosoon

My four-year-old son took this photo of a paper robot we assembled, found the BxW filter, and called the snap a shot of Oscar the robot taking over the world. Maybe he’s got a future in filmmaking - except given his genre prefs I think he was born like 70 years too late #kaiju #godzillarobot #godzilla #strangebeast #mothra #kingkong #oscar #glowbot #glowbottakeover

Real writing life: racking up all the rejections! I got another rejection on my chapbook manuscript today - that makes it 12 - a dirty dozen. Ive been trying to publish this chapbook for almost two years and its starting to get me down, but then I think of writing idols like Lauret Savoy who had her book rejected by 64 agents before finding it the right home and I remember that just like in the rest of life, perseverance is everything. So Im turning rejection into motivation and telling its little minions of self doubt to Eff off and finding the lion and the medicine and the flower in the weeds. . . . . #writersofinstagram #writinglife #rejection #cnfchapbooks #chapbook #prose #dandelion #weed #flower #motivation #publishing #perseverance

Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev - because I just finished it and now it’s inside me, because it’s about presence and absence and mothering and daughtering and withering and blossoming in harsh climates, because it’s that time of the year when Seattle winter reminds you that early spring is just its sheep’s clothing. This memoir in fragments is extraordinary - just stunning. Thank you so much for the recommendation @restlesswriterx and thank you @sshalmiyev for birthing this into the world. . . . #memoir #cnf #literarynonfiction #creativenonfiction #feminism #feminist #feministliterature #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #writerscommunity #newbooks #sophiashalmiyev #pnw #pnwwriters #motherhood #russia

🌟 gluten free butter mochi waffles dragonfruit starfruit longanisa quiche kalsada ube pandan lattes white chocolate guava cheesecake ampalaya malunggay tea HOOD FAMOUS BRUNCH all day grand opening no filter center community center taking space Filipinx in the ID taking space this is Filipinx excellence sweet salty magic and good clean food porn taste it . . . . #servethepeople #feedthepeople #filipinxexcellence #brownbusiness #smallbusiness #hoodfamous2 #thepublix #pinoyfood #pinayfood #hoodfamous #hfcb #mochiwaffles #pinoyfoodmovement #filipinofood #filipinofoodmovement #seattle #chinatown #internationaldistrict #chinatownID #foodiesofinstagram #barrelmen #barrelwomen #carabaos #malongshirts #cheesecake #ube

Went to a great workshop on writing from family photos and documents led by @gracetalusanwriter at @fanhs_seattle. I really appreciated her use of sensory prompts, a process she learned from @lynda_barry. Thanks to those prompts I got to generate a flash piece on my Lolo and Lola in Tondo that might end up part of my manuscript in progress or might be the seed of a second one. Also excited to learn about the upswell in Pinxy Fil-Am memoirs and to read and review The Body Papers! . . . #writingworkshop #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writerlife #memoir #allpinayeverything #pinaypower #pinxy #peminism #pinayism #pinay #filipinx #filipina #cnf #bodypapers #

Ludi’s! My happy place and Tuesday morning corner office and fav place for meetings downtown - late St. Patty’s day celebration Pinay style - corned beefsilog and black tea with honey and a place that knows to bring you a “big ol spoon” . . . #filipinodiners #filipinofood #seattle #diner #silog #eatwithaspoon #kainnatayo #cornedbeef #breakfast #brunch

My four year old boss rarely lets me out for readings but with friends in town to be the village I got to go see @gracetalusanwriter read from her intriguing new memoir The Body Papers and be in deep conversation with the incomparable @misdonnacolta at @elliottbaybookco. Pretty cool Monday night after a record hot 75 degree Seattle day. . . . #writersofinstagram #writerslife #trauma #immigrantwriting #pinay #philippines #filipinawriters #filipina #bodypapers #gracetalusan #cnf #memoir #writersofcolor #womenofcolorwriters #pinaylit #newbooks #independentbookstore

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