• bIO

    Hi. I'm Juana.

     

    I write about my personal experience with sexual and domestic violence. I really, really dislike writing my bio because I know a lot of people think I'm weird and they don't know what to do with me. The people I want to work with and spend my time with are similarly weird, defiant, and atypical. I love the "outcasts," the "rebels," the people who don't give a fuck. I love those people because they are bad. ass. I've been told I am badass, but I don't know if that's true.

     

    I don't feel like a badass when I sit alone in my room and type from behind this computer screen. I don't feel like a badass when I cry five times over four hours while I write one article or blog post. But when I share my words, my friends say I am. They've called me "Queen." They say I'm "powerful." They tell me I inspire them. They say that I'm brave. I like that one a lot. "Brave." When you do something even though it scares the shit out of you. Yep, that's me.

     

    Speaking my truths with my true voice terrifies me. But I do it anyway. Because I think it matters that we, the people, heal. It matters to me that we build community, that we recognize our strengths, that we stop hiding in shame, that we see the beauty we carry.

     

    Here's a toast to the rule-breakers and the black sheep, the ones who change the world and stand up for what they believe in, no matter how unpopular it might make them.
    -Cheers.-

     

    If you're reading this and saying, "Yessss," you are my kind of people! You are the people who inspire me and keep me going. And I would love to get to know you. 

  • portfolio

    A selection of some of my proudest moments.

    The Art of Love

    The Art of Love

    Essay

    This was a collaboration with Cleveland Edits that brought out better writing from me. Thanks to Lisa for the support.

    Melting in Water

    Melting in Water

    Creative Nonfiction

    It was a challenge for me to write about being undocumented as a child. Thanks to Rachel Thompson and my cohort at Lit Mag Love for the huge push.

    Why I Celebrate My Daughter's Defiant Streak

    Why I Celebrate My Daughter's Defiant Streak

    Essay

    I'm proud of this one because it was my very first paid article. It took me almost a year of revisions and contemplation to arrive at the final copy you see here.

    How My PTSD Diagnosis Finally Helped Me Recover From My Rape

    How My PTSD Diagnosis Finally Helped Me Recover From My Rape

    Essay

    I'm proud of this one for how positively it seems to have impacted my friends who read it. I'm glad some things I write can be so powerfully healing.

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