Sonia Guiñansaca 2017-2018 Artist in Residence


Sonia Guiñansaca is a Queer Migrant Poet, Cultural Organizer, and Activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. Guiñansaca is a VONA/Voices alumni who has performed at El Museo Del Barrio, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY Poetry Festival, Galeria de La Raza, and has been featured on NBC, PBS, Latina Magazine, Pen American, and the Poetry Foundation, to name a few. She has presented keynotes, workshops, panels at universities throughout the country. She has been named as 1 of 10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know by Remezcla, as well as one of 13 Coolest Queers on the Internet by Teen Vogue, and recently she was announced as a 2017 Artist in Residency at NYU's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

She has emerged as a national leader in the undocumented/migrant artistic and political communities. In 2007, Guiñansaca came out publicly as an undocumented immigrant. Since then she has co-founded and help build some of the largest undocumented organizations in the country, coordinating and participating in groundbreaking civil disobedience actions in the immigrant rights movement. She has also founded some of the first creative artistic projects by and for undocumented writers/artists. Currently she is working on her full length poetry manuscript on migration, queerness, and her change in immigration status from undocumented to documented. She is the Managing Director of CultureStrike.

Watch "Re-imagining Existence: Migrant Artists in Conversation — curated and moderated by Hemi Artist in Residence Sonia Guiñansaca (2018)"

Watch Sonia Guiñansaca's Artist Talk, "Me Quedo: A Reading of #PapiFemme & #NostalgiaAndBorders" (2018)