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Brianna Colmenares

Puerto Rican, Dominican

First Language(s): Spanish
Second Language(s): English


Brianna Colmenares is a 23-year-old writer from New Jersey. Taking on yoga, crystals, astrology, tarot, and sound healing, she is a forever student. Her work explores the different avenues of spirituality, sexuality, and relationships. She is currently working on her poetry thesis in the MFA program at William Paterson University.


What was your favorite book as a child?

My favorite book as a kid was the Junie B. Jones series!

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I started writing creatively through journaling throughout my teenage years. It was a way to express myself for my eyes only and that blossomed into writing poetry years later.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

The most thrilling thing I’ve ever done was meet Daniel Radcliffe. There’s nothing better than meeting someone you’ve loved as a child and have them be even more of an amazing human being than you thought!

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I often listen to classical music while I’m writing. I find that it inspires my work and keeps me focused. I think I write the best when listening to music, there’s something about the way music communicates with us that opens your mind.


An Ode to My Inner Ballerina
Issue Spring '22

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz