Congratulations, Barbara Jane Reyes!

Congratulations to Paloma Press author Barbara Jane Reyes on being named the 2022 Winner of Meridians Journal’s Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award!

“The Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award celebrates an author whose work embodies the lyrically powerful and historically engaged nature of Dr. Alexander’s writing. The award aims to highlight different forms of knowledge production that emerge from the artistic, political, and cultural advocacy for transformative change undertaken by women of color nationally, transnationally, and globally. Our goal is to make knowledge production by and about women of color central to contemporary definitions of feminisms in the explorations of women’s economic conditions, cultures, and sexualities, as well as the forms and meanings of resistance and activist strategies. Our award winners’ writings exemplify the spirit and mission of Meridians with their winning pieces.

“The winner of this year’s Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award is Barbara Jane Reyes for her poem “Daughtersong Diaspore.” Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA Editions, Ltd.). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is also the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books), Poeta en San Francisco (TinFish Press), Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd.), To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc.), and Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishing). Reyes is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.”

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