Shakira Andrea Sison writes essays, fiction, and poetry.
She wrote a weekly column in Rappler.com on gender issues, culture, politics, and immigration from 2012 to 2017.
She is the co-author of Don’t Tell Anyone: Literary Smut, a collection of lesbian and gay stories with Ian Rosales Casocot, published by Anvil in 2017.
In 2015, she was among Manila Bulletin’s 15 Women of 2015 who “empower, inspire, and make a difference.” In celebration of International Women’s Month, Panorama magazine also included her in their list of formidable women in “Who Run The World?” Later that year she was also given the Lasallian Scholarum Award for Outstanding Online Feature Story on Youth and Education and was listed first in Buzzfeed’s 17 Incredible Lesbian Pinays.
In 2014, she won the Hildegarde Award for Women in Media and Communication for her essays on gender and efforts in LGBTQ advocacy. Two of her essays, The Krakauer Table (First Prize) and Insert Her Silence Here) (Second Prize), have won her Palanca Awards in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Shakira currently works in the financial industry. She is a veterinarian by education (University of the Philippines Los Baños) and was working towards an MBA (University of the Philippines Diliman) while managing a retail corporation in Manila, Philippines before relocating to New York in 2002.
She was a poetry fellow at the University of The Philippines National Writers Workshop in 1999. In 2000, she was included in the University of the Philippines Creative Writing Center’s Writers of the New Century. She was also a fiction fellow at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop in 2008.
Her work has appeared in the anthology Motherhood Statements, the San Franciso-published book Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-American Writers, UP CWC’s Buhay Bahaghari: The Filipino LGBT Chronicles, Esquire Philippines, The Philippine Star, Cosmopolitan Magazine Philippines, The Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday Magazine, Thought Catalog, and Feministing.
Shakira lives in Brooklyn, New York with her wife. She is a triathlete, an avid skier, and a long-distance runner, completing the NYC Marathon in 2017.