Irene Suico Soriano is a Filipina American poet, independent literary and film/video curator, and Shelter/Animal Rights advocate.
Irene obtained a B.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry and a minor in Playwriting from Loyola Marymount University and was a recipient of two LMU Graduate Poetry Awards. In 1990, she received a 1990 American College Theater Achievement Award for Isang Anak (One Child) in University of California, Santa Barbara's New Play Festival. In 2000, she received the PEN Center USA West Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowship to complete her poetry manuscript "A Second Sky."
Her poetry has appeared in, among others, the Los Angeles Times; Philippines Free Press; Solidarity Journal; Flippin': Filipinos on America (AAWW); Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers (Aunt Lute); Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry (Rattapallax Press); and The LA Telephone Book, Vol. 1 | 2011-12 (arras.net). Disorient Journalzine, as part of their “Emerging Writers Chapbook Series” published her first collection of poetry, SAFEHOUSES, in 1998.
Irene founded and coordinated the reading series Wrestling Tigers: Asian Pacific American Writers Speak at the Japanese American National Museum and was literary curator for the LA Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture from 1994-2000. She was featured in the Los Angeles Times for her curatorial participation in the groundbreaking NEA funded World Beyond Poetry Festival that featured over 100+ poets from the diverse communities of Los Angeles. She also co-produced, as part of the LA Enkanto Art Collective, the IN OUR BLOOD: Filipina/o American Poetry & Spoken Word from Los Angeles CD.
Irene lives in DTLA with her three rescued dogs, Cadi, Papoo & Maxon. She is active in the Los Angeles animal rescue community and is the founder of the Bark & Purr Alliance Fund, an advocacy group that provides resources to aid the rescue of senior and special needs dogs and cats that enter LA’s city and county shelter system.