qianya (she/her) is a black, queer, cis-femme who was raised by a village of strong, and equally fragile, black women. she writes heart-punch poetry, hilarious one-liners and loves to dig into the nuance of bullshit systems.
qianya has a ba in gender studies from the university of california, santa cruz and a master of fine arts in design from academy of art university. she was a founding member of harlem shake burlesque, an award-winning, all-black burlesque troupe (the brain-child of teresa ellis, aka simone de la getto) and has shown her knitwear collection at new york fashion week.
she currently works on covid disaster response in black & african american communities with the san francisco department of public health. she has taught university-level design, and is active in race and gender equity advocacy work.
originally from los angeles, qianya lives in san francisco with her partner of 18 years.
~ in solidarity towards a common humanity
all writing and photos © 2020 by qianya vinson, unless otherwise stated.
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