Jen Soriano

Washington, United States

Member Since: 09/01/2017

Jen Soriano (she~they) is a Filipinx-American writer whose work blurs the lines between nonfiction, surrealism and poetry. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Believer, Pleiades, Waxwing, Assay and other journals. Jen is the author of "Making the Tongue Dry," a chapbook of lyric essays and prose poems published by Arts by the People, now in its second edition. She is the recipient of the 2019 Penelope Niven Prize, the 2019 Fugue Prose Prize, and fellowships from Jack Jones and Hugo House. She was also a finalist in the 2019 Ploughshares emerging writers contest. Jen holds a BA in History and Science from Harvard and an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop, where she studied under the mentorship of Julie Marie Wade, Kent Meyers, and Barrie Jean Borich. She lives in Seattle with her partner and son, and loves to connect with other writers and readers on Instagram @jensorianowrites or Twitter @lionswrite.



Twitter Username: @lionswrite


  • Multiplicity from the Margins: The Expansive Truth of Intersectional Form" , Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies (November 2018)
  • A Brief History of Her Pain , Waxwing (October 2016)
  • Blow , Pleiades (November 2018)
  • Chapbook: Making the Tongue Dry , Arts by the People (April 2020)


  • Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award(2019)
  • Fugue Prose Prize(2019)
  • Harvard's Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research(1997)


  • Bachelor of Arts in History and Science from Harvard (June 1998)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction and Fiction from Rainier Writing Workshop (August 2018)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry