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Shakira Andrea Sison is an award-winning essayist, fictionist, and poet. She writes a weekly column for Rappler.com on gender issues, culture, politics, and immigration.

In 2015, she was among Manila Bulletin’s 15 Women of 2015  who “empower, inspire, and make a difference.” In celebration of International Women’s Month, Panorama magazine also included her in their list of formidable women in “Who Run The World?” Later that year she was also given the Lasallian Scholarum Award for Outstanding Online Feature Story on Youth and Education and was listed as Number 1 in Buzzfeed’s 17 Incredible Lesbian Pinays.

In 2014, she won the Hildegarde Award for Women in Media and Communication for her essays on gender and efforts in LGBTQ advocacy. Two of her essays, The Krakauer Table (First Prize) and Insert Her Silence Here) (Second Prize), have won her Palanca Awards in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Shakira currently works in the financial industry.  She is a veterinarian by education (University of the Philippines Los Baños) and was working towards an MBA (University of the Philippines Diliman) while managing a retail corporation in Manila, Philippines before relocating to New York in 2002.

Her interests include creative writing and various forms of geekery: building and dismantling computer systems and networks, assembling FTA satellite television systems, electronic gadget modifications and DIY home renovations.

On the creative side, she was a poetry fellow at the University of The Philippines National Writers Workshop in 1999.  In 2000, she was included in the University of the Philippines Creative Writing Center’s Writers of the New Century.  She was also a fiction fellow at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop in 2008.

Her work has appeared in the anthology Motherhood Statements, the San Franciso-published book Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-American Writers,  UP CWC’s Buhay Bahaghari: The Filipino LGBT ChroniclesEsquire Philippines, The Philippine Star, Cosmopolitan Magazine Philippines, The Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday Magazine, Thought Catalog, and Feministing.

Shakira is based in Brooklyn, New York and is a long-distance runner and a multi-sport athlete, completing two duathlons and two triathlons a year. In 2012, she began work as a volunteer ESL (English as a second language) teacher at an immigrant center in Brooklyn.

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