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Meet Briana Munoz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Briana Munoz.

Briana Muñoz is a writer from San Diego, CA. She recalls her love for writing going back as far as grade school. Her childhood friend, Natasha, and her, sat around, passing time by Natasha shooting out themes for Briana to write a poem about. Throughout the years, she has stayed in this relationship with poetry and around 2013 started steadily, writing and reading at several events, which she has been fortunate to participate in.

Her poetry and short stories have been published in the Bravura literary journal for four editions. In the 2016 publication of the Bravura, she was awarded the second place fiction prize. She has also been published in LA BLOGA, an online publication, the Poets Responding page and in the Oakland Arts Review. Her poem “Rebirth” was featured in the Reproductive Health edition of the St. Sucia zine. Briana’s work was one of ten chosen for “The Best of LA BLOGA” from 2015. One of her prouder writing accomplishments is being able to have been part of the 2017 U.S. delegation attending the international poetry festival of Havana. In March of 2018, she presented her poetry at the 21st international Spanish literature and studies conference in Quito, Ecuador. Briana is excited to continue sharing her poetry in Latin America, in 2019. When she isn’t typing away, she enjoys traveling, live music, cats, and thrifting.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In 2009, my father suffered a traumatic brain injury which significantly impacted my life. I was 15 at that time and spent the next seven years visiting him in hospitals, skilled nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. He was very close to death and throughout those years, I was still learning where my place was in the world. So, that was tough.

My father now is doing great, 12 neurosurgeries later.

From this though, I became shaped into who I am today and sometimes you can catch a hint of my hardships in my writing.

Briana Munoz – @awomanofwords – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a poet and short story writer, with a strong presence within the Instagram social media platform.

There’s a whole community of poets who share their work on Instagram, from all over the world.

Apart from that platform, I also share my poetry at open mics around town and for local college events.

I enjoy combining my love for travel and my passion for poetry. In 2016, I shared my poetry at the CECUT in Tijuana, Baja California, MX and represented Chicano poetry from San Diego. Then, in 2017, I traveled to Cuba for an international poetry festival in Havana, Cuba. There, I shared my poetry on the same panel as former poet laureate, a Robert Hass, as well as some other talented poets. In March of 2018, I read my work in Quito, Ecuador for a Hispanic literary conference.

It’s important to me to incorporate my Hispanic culture into my writing and work and my Spanish speaking abilities have helped me land very cool gigs.

I write about love, heartbreak, topics that people sometimes see as taboo, politics, day to day observations.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
This is an interesting topic for me because I don’t think I do this sort of work for what most people view as “success” or for money. I do it because my poetry seeps out of my pores. I do it out of necessity and for my own happiness in sharing my craft with others.

I am publishing my first poetry book early 2019 through Prickly Pear Press. That alone feels like a form of success. I hope to publish at least ten more in the next 15 years.

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1 Comment

  1. Sharon Elliott

    February 2, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I was honored to be on the trip to the Cuban poetry festival where I met Brianna for the first time. Her poetry is moving and powerful, and she’s an excellent reader. I’m so looking forward to her new book.
    Abrazos por siempre, mi hermana en poesía.

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