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Hanalei Somar is a Filipina-American community organizer, writer, performer, and multi-media artist.  She has authored Letters to Martha, a personal testimony to her own experience as a survivor of domestic violence, and Foiled Stars, a collection of poems and prose. Her solo performance work, Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know, was created through the generosity of the Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), and commissioned by the National Asian-American Theater Festival in New York City.   In 2007, she and Jiny Ung formed everydayarmada, a multimedia artist collective, and have since been awarded residencies and opportunities with Project Rowhouses, The Laundromat Project, and the Asian Womens Giving Circle.  Hanalei is also a founder of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE NYC). She is from Jersey City, NJ and currently lives in a New York City borough.

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I’m half of the artist collective, {everyday armada}.   I’m very invested in nonsense. I write poem drafts at Yelp for fun. You can buy stuff I made here. I’m also a founder of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, a GABRIELA-USA organization. I like karaoke, quiet time, gold fish, and you. So, be in touch, new friend, as I am all over the internets: TwitterFacebookFlickrMySpace. If there’s something pressing, please contact me and tell me a secret.

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Hanalei enjoys Richard Wright, goldfish crackers, and applause.

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