Sonia GuiƱansaca

Sonia Guiñansaca is an internationally award winning queer migrant multi-disciplinary artist, poet, cultural organizer, and social justice activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. They emerged as a national leader in the undocumented/migrant artistic and political communities, co-founded and helped build some of the largest undocumented organizations in the country, coordinating and participating in groundbreaking civil disobedience actions in the immigrant rights movement. They have also founded some of the first creative artistic projects by and for undocumented writers/artists. For the past decade, they have worked in both policy and cultural space leading efforts to build national infrastructure and equity for migrant/qtpoc/artists of color. They were formerly the managing director of CultureStrike, where they led national efforts on projects on migration, climate, and equity. Guiñansaca self-published their first mini-poetry chapbook on December 2016 called Nostalgia and Borders. In Spring 2020, they will release their 2nd chapbook called #PapiFemme. In 2020 they are launching Alegria Press, a publishing house for undocumented (formerly undocumented) writers. Guiñansaca has been a VONA/Voices, Poetry Foundation, and BOOAT Fellow, has performed at the Met, Brooklyn Museum, the Highline, Joe Pubs, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, and featured on NBC, PBS, Pen American, the Poetry Foundation, Interview Magazine, and UK’s Diva Magazine, to name a few. Their migration and cultural equity work has also taken them to London, Ecuador, and Mexico to advise on migrant policy and art projects. For more information: IG/Twitter: @TheSoniaG