Jen Soriano is a Filipina-American writer and communications strategist originally from Chicago. Her innovative essays, which blur the boundaries among creative non-fiction, poetry and fiction, have appeared in Pleiades, TAYO, Blue Lyra Review, aaduna, and Waxwing among other publications. Her essay “A Brief History of her Pain” was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize and 2018 Best of the Net. She is a featured writer with Pinoy Words Express/Kultura Arts and an MFA candidate in creative non-fiction and fiction at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Jen is also an award-winning journalist who has worked with Mother Jones magazine, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Free Speech Radio News and Free Speech TV. Her features have appeared in outlets including Seattle Magazine, Filipinas Magazine, Yes! Magazine, ParentMap, War Times, and the Huffington Post.
Apart from her literary and journalistic writing, Jen is also a leader in the field of strategic communications for social justice. As sole proprietor of Lionswrite Communications, Jen has strengthened the communications work of dozens of social justice groups at the local, national and international levels. These include: We Belong Together, National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Causa Justa::Just Cause, the California Environmental Justice Alliance and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. Her work in strategic communications extends to institution and movement-building; in 2002 Jen co-founded the Center for Media Justice along with CMJ’s Executive Director Malkia Cyril, in 2012 she co-developed the Weathering the Storms Project of the RoadMap Consulting Network along with Director Emily Goldfarb, Mary Ochs, Margi Clarke and Michelle Foy, and in 2015 she co-founded the ReFrame Mentorship Project together with Director Joseph Phelan.
Jen loves books, ballads, her family, onions, swimming holes and the pursuit of healing and justice – though not at all in that order. Pieces of her live in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Puerto Rico and in the Philippines but she currently resides in Seattle with her husband and toddler son. She wants whatever you are eating right now, and would love to connect with you on twitter.