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Hello!

My name is Alanna. I’m a disabled, queer, Chicana from northern New Mexico. I moved to Ireland several years ago, and I now live in my mother’s childhood home in Killowen at the base of the Mourne Mountains and on the shore of Carlingford Lough.

I have a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Chicana/Chicano Studies, Women’s Studies, and American Studies, and an MSc in Marketing from Queen’s University Belfast. I’ve worked as a community organizer, anti-oppression facilitator, and social justice educator across a variety of organizations and campaigns.

I’m a poet and storyteller. My poetry is a reflection of my experiences as a disabled, queer, woman of color, and often deals with themes of the body, femininity, identity, and memory. I lean toward a more confessional and conversational style and was told in an undergraduate writing class that my poetry was like an over-emotional diary entry. At the time this was hard to hear, but now, I embrace that comparison fully.  

I love finding big emotions within everyday moments. I believe that when women of color write their experiences they are committing a radical act of protest in a society built to silence them. Creative expression is essential to growing movements for social justice. In addition to writing poetry, I’m a full-spectrum reproductive health support person and I am opening a bookshop called Seaside Books.

If you want my more up-to-date ramblings and pictures of my cat, Chainsaw you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @alannaoffield.

If you want my more up-to-date ramblings and pictures of my cat, Chainsaw you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @alannaoffield.