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

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Right before the dahlias peaked I got some good news: the chapbook that had hit brick walls for two years finally found an open door. I’m so happy to be able to announce that my chapbook Making the Tongue Dry now has a home with The Platform Review Chapbook Series of @artsbythepeople! Thank you to Editor Erin Jones and all the readers. There will be a limited edition of 100 chapbooks handmade by artist @lkjamz coming out later this year and an ebook after that. 
Very excited to see work I started during the first year of my MFA program get to bloom and be in the world. Just goes to show: If at first you don’t succeed, change some shit up and keep it moving. 📸El Teodoro
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#artistlife #writinglife #latesummer #whatsgood #chapbook #cnf #lyricessays #essays

Right before the dahlias peaked I got some good news: the chapbook that had hit brick walls for two years finally found an open door. I’m so happy to be able to announce that my chapbook Making the Tongue Dry now has a home with The Platform Review Chapbook Series of @artsbythepeople! Thank you to Editor Erin Jones and all the readers. There will be a limited edition of 100 chapbooks handmade by artist @lkjamz coming out later this year and an ebook after that. Very excited to see work I started during the first year of my MFA program get to bloom and be in the world. Just goes to show: If at first you don’t succeed, change some shit up and keep it moving. 📸El Teodoro . . .  #artistlife  #writinglife  #latesummer  #whatsgood  #chapbook  #cnf  #lyricessays  #essays

Electric bikes are a real car alternative in cities with bike lanes and an accessible type of bike for someone with a chronic illness that can get aggravated by exercise. Got this one at 40% off bc it had scratches on the frame but I heard that they’re all on sale now cuz Faraday is liquidating its stock. Ck em out! Now I can keep up with my speedy 5 year old pedalhead. #bikelife #mountainstosound #I90bridge #pedalheads #faradaybikes

Electric bikes are a real car alternative in cities with bike lanes and an accessible type of bike for someone with a chronic illness that can get aggravated by exercise. Got this one at 40% off bc it had scratches on the frame but I heard that they’re all on sale now cuz Faraday is liquidating its stock. Ck em out! Now I can keep up with my speedy 5 year old pedalhead.  #bikelife  #mountainstosound  #I90bridge  #pedalheads  #faradaybikes

The late summer sunset over Puget Sound saw my son saying goodbye to a preK friend and birthday twin who moves out to NYC this week - they swam and skipped rocks and giggled and went looking for wild bunnies. I want this innocence to last longer than the daylight. .
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#seattlesummer #summer #pugetsound #westseattle #lincolnpark #colmanpool #salishsea #coastsalishterritory #raisingboys #parenting

The late summer sunset over Puget Sound saw my son saying goodbye to a preK friend and birthday twin who moves out to NYC this week - they swam and skipped rocks and giggled and went looking for wild bunnies. I want this innocence to last longer than the daylight. . . .  #seattlesummer  #summer  #pugetsound  #westseattle  #lincolnpark  #colmanpool  #salishsea  #coastsalishterritory  #raisingboys  #parenting

Finally finished Heavy by Kiese Laymon thanks to a series of sleepless nights and I literally bowed down on the floor when I closed the book. I can’t even describe it - the art, the wit, the brilliance of Black abundance, the cutting critique of white power and privilege—is inspiring but also pretty damn daunting. How to write with this much honesty and fierce vulnerability about power privilege and all the ways we try to love and fail? Be Kiese Laymon that’s how. This is my favorite memoir Ive read in the past several years - with Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev and The Body Papers by Grace Talusan right up there too at the top. .
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#memoir #cnf #creativenonfiction #lyricmemoir #kieselaymon #heavy #BlackAbundance #Blackwriters #race #whiteprivilege #whitesupremacy #mississippi #bookstagram #books #bookclub #bookreview #goodreads

Finally finished Heavy by Kiese Laymon thanks to a series of sleepless nights and I literally bowed down on the floor when I closed the book. I can’t even describe it - the art, the wit, the brilliance of Black abundance, the cutting critique of white power and privilege—is inspiring but also pretty damn daunting. How to write with this much honesty and fierce vulnerability about power privilege and all the ways we try to love and fail? Be Kiese Laymon that’s how. This is my favorite memoir Ive read in the past several years - with Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev and The Body Papers by Grace Talusan right up there too at the top. . . .  #memoir  #cnf  #creativenonfiction  #lyricmemoir  #kieselaymon  #heavy  #BlackAbundance  #Blackwriters  #race  #whiteprivilege  #whitesupremacy  #mississippi  #bookstagram  #books  #bookclub  #bookreview  #goodreads

To everyone who works to get independent artists paid - in nickels dimes fives and twenties and a few hundreds that add up here and there: thank you. Writing will never be my full on bread and butter but I love it when it can be a satisfying meryenda for belly and soul. H/T @pennyloafa @poetswritersinc #ArtWork #CulturalLabor #Compensation

To everyone who works to get independent artists paid - in nickels dimes fives and twenties and a few hundreds that add up here and there: thank you. Writing will never be my full on bread and butter but I love it when it can be a satisfying meryenda for belly and soul. H/T @pennyloafa @poetswritersinc  #ArtWork  #CulturalLabor  #Compensation

Another moment of the everyday magic that is summer in Seattle - stumbling across amazing gospel singer Arianne Maree trying out a new song on a piece of public art — thanks to Pianos in the Parks at Jimi Hendrix Park .
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#pianosintheparks #selftaughtmusician #jimihendrixpark #southseattleparks #Blackmusicmagic #seattleparks #seattleneighborhoods #onereel

Another moment of the everyday magic that is summer in Seattle - stumbling across amazing gospel singer Arianne Maree trying out a new song on a piece of public art — thanks to Pianos in the Parks at Jimi Hendrix Park . . .  #pianosintheparks  #selftaughtmusician  #jimihendrixpark  #southseattleparks  #Blackmusicmagic  #seattleparks  #seattleneighborhoods  #onereel

All Pinxy All Stars at Estelita’s before the kleenex came out - nuthin like pre-reading laughs and a good reading-long cry with these badass brown artists. We say: Heeeey Go get your copy of FPOSE 2daaaay #FormerPossessionsoftheSpanishEmpire #PoetryisNotaLuxury
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#Pinay #pinaypoets #pinxy #pinxypoets #filipina #filipinx #poetsofinstagram #writerslife #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #pocpoets #wocwriters #wocpoets

All Pinxy All Stars at Estelita’s before the kleenex came out - nuthin like pre-reading laughs and a good reading-long cry with these badass brown artists. We say: Heeeey Go get your copy of FPOSE 2daaaay  #FormerPossessionsoftheSpanishEmpire  #PoetryisNotaLuxury . . .  #Pinay  #pinaypoets  #pinxy  #pinxypoets  #filipina  #filipinx  #poetsofinstagram  #writerslife  #writerscommunity  #writersofinstagram  #pocpoets  #wocwriters  #wocpoets

Today’s Beacon Hill reading for Michelle Peñaloza’s book launch was full of colorful stars both in the audience and on stage and I was moved and inspired AND I got to meet Michelle’s MOM. I loved being part of this. I knew it would be special and it went beyond and was necessary and fed my soul. Thank you to Estelita’s for hosting and to @martha_cooks for organizing and to @pennyloafa for inviting me and to everyone who carved time to come—y’all made the magic happen. 
Ps. I hope you’ll consider picking up Michelle’s prize winning collection of poems Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire - it’s a stunner
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#formerpossessions #michellepenaloza #pinay #pinaypoets #poetrycommunity #pinxy #pinxyexcellence #filipina #filipinawriters #filipinapoets #writingcommunity #poetsofinstagram #writersofinstagram

Today’s Beacon Hill reading for Michelle Peñaloza’s book launch was full of colorful stars both in the audience and on stage and I was moved and inspired AND I got to meet Michelle’s MOM. I loved being part of this. I knew it would be special and it went beyond and was necessary and fed my soul. Thank you to Estelita’s for hosting and to @martha_cooks for organizing and to @pennyloafa for inviting me and to everyone who carved time to come—y’all made the magic happen. Ps. I hope you’ll consider picking up Michelle’s prize winning collection of poems Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire - it’s a stunner . . .  #formerpossessions  #michellepenaloza  #pinay  #pinaypoets  #poetrycommunity  #pinxy  #pinxyexcellence  #filipina  #filipinawriters  #filipinapoets  #writingcommunity  #poetsofinstagram  #writersofinstagram

Lake Chelan after the thunderstorm #PNWsummer

Lake Chelan after the thunderstorm  #PNWsummer

Rest in power rest in peace - Toni Morrison is the writer whose work has shown me most what it means to be a channel, to write with generational depth and to wield words like a fist of velvet and crushed glass. She made me want to be a writer with the way she pulled back the white curtain on the beauty and brutality of racialized humanity. We are all lucky to have lived in her lifetime. .
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Posted @withrepost • @jackjoneslitarts The greatest writer to live in any time, in any place, in any world has departed. May this loss be felt in every time, in every place, in all of the worlds. All of creation mourns with us. Toni Morrison was the greatest writer of our lifetime, of any lifetime.

Rest in power rest in peace - Toni Morrison is the writer whose work has shown me most what it means to be a channel, to write with generational depth and to wield words like a fist of velvet and crushed glass. She made me want to be a writer with the way she pulled back the white curtain on the beauty and brutality of racialized humanity. We are all lucky to have lived in her lifetime. . . Posted @withrepost • @jackjoneslitarts The greatest writer to live in any time, in any place, in any world has departed. May this loss be felt in every time, in every place, in all of the worlds. All of creation mourns with us. Toni Morrison was the greatest writer of our lifetime, of any lifetime.

Went out to the natural rock waterslides at Denny Creek with the cousins from Texas and had a blast. In the midwest a water slide is a blue or yellow or maybe red plastic thing that sometimes smells like pee so basically I am that mom telling my kid “Do you know how lucky you are? Back in my day...” #summer #PNWsummer #hikeswithkids #weekend #dennywaterslide

Went out to the natural rock waterslides at Denny Creek with the cousins from Texas and had a blast. In the midwest a water slide is a blue or yellow or maybe red plastic thing that sometimes smells like pee so basically I am that mom telling my kid “Do you know how lucky you are? Back in my day...”  #summer  #PNWsummer  #hikeswithkids  #weekend  #dennywaterslide

It’s a good time to be a Pinay poet and writer because we are on the rise. I’m so excited for my kapatid Michelle Peñaloza’s  book release - I’ve read many of the poems and they are glorious. Get you a copy of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire today!

Seattle friends I have the honor to be reading with Michelle on Sunday August 11th in a DOPE neighborhood venue with a hot lineup of @kingartista_anisgisele and @dujietahat. Come out to @estelitaslib at 3pm next Sunday and I promise you will be inspired. 
Posted @withrepost • @pennyloafa August, you’re looking good 💁🏻‍♀️! I’m so excited for each one of these readings with so many powerful folks (lol there are too many to write into the little squares—thank you all for saying yes!) this #leoseason🦁 Seattle! Berkeley! SF! Hopefully, see you soon! 😘❤️ #formerpossessions #poetsofinstagram #newbookrelease #poetry #asianamericanpoets #allpinayeverything #allpinxyeverything #pinay #pinaypoets #filipinoliterature #wocwriters #beaconhill #estelitaslibrary #thestation

It’s a good time to be a Pinay poet and writer because we are on the rise. I’m so excited for my kapatid Michelle Peñaloza’s book release - I’ve read many of the poems and they are glorious. Get you a copy of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire today! Seattle friends I have the honor to be reading with Michelle on Sunday August 11th in a DOPE neighborhood venue with a hot lineup of @kingartista_anisgisele and @dujietahat. Come out to @estelitaslib at 3pm next Sunday and I promise you will be inspired. Posted @withrepost • @pennyloafa August, you’re looking good 💁🏻‍♀️! I’m so excited for each one of these readings with so many powerful folks (lol there are too many to write into the little squares—thank you all for saying yes!) this  #leoseason🦁 Seattle! Berkeley! SF! Hopefully, see you soon! 😘❤️  #formerpossessions  #poetsofinstagram  #newbookrelease  #poetry  #asianamericanpoets  #allpinayeverything  #allpinxyeverything  #pinay  #pinaypoets  #filipinoliterature  #wocwriters  #beaconhill  #estelitaslibrary  #thestation

Posted @withrepost • @arturo_massol_deya La protesta #RickyRenuncia está llena de alegría, desde chicos hasta muy adultos. Luchar es felicidad. Creo que hemos superado un periodo prolongado de depresión colectiva en la Isla.
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#rickyrenunciaya #llévatelajunta #resistencia #alegría #peoplepower #autogestión #belleza

Posted @withrepost • @arturo_massol_deya La protesta  #RickyRenuncia está llena de alegría, desde chicos hasta muy adultos. Luchar es felicidad. Creo que hemos superado un periodo prolongado de depresión colectiva en la Isla. . . .  #rickyrenunciaya  #llévatelajunta  #resistencia  #alegría  #peoplepower  #autogestión  #belleza

Unicorn last one standing - dont mess with the 🦄 💫✨🌈 made it to Seattle Latinx Pride today tnx to Lola babysitting el Teito - this for me this was the best little outdoor dance party in my 5 years in town cuz perfect summer night 70 degrees (sorry everyone else suffering thru the heatwaves) and PoCs and queer folk dancing to Cardi B and Celia Cruz so yah 💃🏽 .
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#brownpride #brownjoy #bestlife #seattlelatinxpride #unicorns #summer #verano #porfin #qtbipoc #elcentrodelaraza #plazarobertomaestas

Unicorn last one standing - dont mess with the 🦄 💫✨🌈 made it to Seattle Latinx Pride today tnx to Lola babysitting el Teito - this for me this was the best little outdoor dance party in my 5 years in town cuz perfect summer night 70 degrees (sorry everyone else suffering thru the heatwaves) and PoCs and queer folk dancing to Cardi B and Celia Cruz so yah 💃🏽 . . .  #brownpride  #brownjoy  #bestlife  #seattlelatinxpride  #unicorns  #summer  #verano  #porfin  #qtbipoc  #elcentrodelaraza  #plazarobertomaestas

Feelin cute on date night. And oh that persimmon tote? Just reppin my girl @roseliilano and her stellar business @ilanodesign. So proud of the beautiful work she does to support the craft of Mexican and Philippine artisans. Check out the incredible banig mat that now has a home in our home. It was woven by Tagolwanen weavers in Bukidnon. The organization preserves the traditional lumad skill of weaving and promotes the self-determination of indigenous women. Roseli tells me that only women in the Tagolwanen tribe can weave and they weave at night - she imagines them weaving by moonlight. Here’s the banig with bad overhead fixture light and it still looks amazing. Swipe once more to see how it really looks in our home, kid clutter and all. .
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#ilanodesign #entrepinay #entrepinayship #fairtrade #artisans #artisanmademodern #banig #weaving #bukidnon #tagolwanenweavers

Feelin cute on date night. And oh that persimmon tote? Just reppin my girl @roseliilano and her stellar business @ilanodesign. So proud of the beautiful work she does to support the craft of Mexican and Philippine artisans. Check out the incredible banig mat that now has a home in our home. It was woven by Tagolwanen weavers in Bukidnon. The organization preserves the traditional lumad skill of weaving and promotes the self-determination of indigenous women. Roseli tells me that only women in the Tagolwanen tribe can weave and they weave at night - she imagines them weaving by moonlight. Here’s the banig with bad overhead fixture light and it still looks amazing. Swipe once more to see how it really looks in our home, kid clutter and all. . . .  #ilanodesign  #entrepinay  #entrepinayship  #fairtrade  #artisans  #artisanmademodern  #banig  #weaving  #bukidnon  #tagolwanenweavers

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]

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