Photo by Mallory Tyler

Photo by Mallory Tyler

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Neo-islander (n.): someone whose bloodline comes from ocean water on all sides, but now needs to take the subway for two hours to get to the beach. Or, what an angsty Dominicanx born in Brooklyn calls themselves.

Juliany Taveras is a writer, photographer, and theatre-maker from the boroughs of NYC who works at the intersections of art and social justice. Their playwriting has been nationally recognized and their poetry has appeared in La Galería Magazine and Reflections on the Burden of Men.

Juliany is a graduate of Vassar College, where they completed a BA in Media Studies and Creative Writing. Their senior thesis explored playwriting & performance as tools for the articulation of the Othered body & decolonization of historical memory. Currently, they're pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the St. Joseph's College Writer's Foundry, and aim to continue developing work that navigates bodies in diaspora.

Juliany believes strongly in the power of storytelling to build empathy and community, and aspires to write new, just worlds into existence. They also really love Swiss Fudge cookies and the iconic animated film Shark Tale.

You can contact them at julianytaveras@gmail.com.

 

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