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 hiv research and disaster response 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 17 years.
~ in solidarity towards a common humanity
all writing and photos © 2020 by qianya vinson, unless otherwise stated.
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