Jen Soriano is a Filipina-American writer and communications strategist originally from Chicago. 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.
Jen is currently an MFA candidate in creative non-fiction and fiction at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Her essays blur the boundaries among creative non-fiction, poetry and fiction. Her writing has appeared in Pleiades, TAYO, Blue Lyra Review, aaduna, and Waxwing. 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.
Jen is 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 Seattle Magazine, Filipinas Magazine, Yes! Magazine, ParentMap, War Times, Organizing Upgrade, Stir Journal and the Huffington Post.
In 2002, Jen co-founded the Center for Media Justice in Oakland, CA along with CMJ’s Executive Director Malkia Cyril. Jen worked as CMJ’s Communications Capacity Builder, Program Manager and Associate Director from 2002-2008. The Center for Media Justice has helped build a nationwide grassroots movement for digital equity, and has been instrumental in mobilizing leaders from communities of color to secure Net Neutrality and defend civil liberties in the face of unprecedented digital surveillance.
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: RoadMap Consulting, We Belong Together, the 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.
Jen loves books, ballads, her family, onions, swimming holes and the pursuit of healing and justice – though not at all in that order. She wants whatever you are eating right now, and would love to connect with you on twitter.