Jen Soriano is a Filipinx-American writer and communications strategist originally from Chicago. Her innovative essays, which blur the boundaries between literary non-fiction and poetry have appeared in Pleiades, Waxwing, Assay, and TAYO among other publications. Her essay “A Brief History of her Pain” was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize and 2018 Best of the Net and her chapbook manuscript Making the Tongue Dry was a finalist for the Newfound Prose Prize, the Cutback all-genre chapbook contest and the Gazing Grain Press chapbook contest. Jen holds an MFA in nonfiction and fiction from the Rainier Writing Workshop and a BA in history and science from Harvard 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 Reappropriate, Seattle Magazine, Crosscut, 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 4-year-old son. She wants whatever you are eating right now, and would love to connect with you on twitter and instagram.