Isabella Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American poet and teaching artist from Oakland, California who views her poetry as an artistic extension of her activism and community organizing. In 2012, Isa won "Best Poem" of the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), where she represented UC Berkeley for three years. Isa has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Art Foundation and the Poetry Incubator through Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. In December 2015, she performed at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Paris for COP21, where she spoke out about the impact of climate change after her mother's hometown was devastated by super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Isa's poetry has been featured on CNN, NBC, Inquirer, and the Guardian. Her passion and commitment toward social justice issues and teaching poetry as a tool for resistance keeps her grounded in her communities across the Pacific Ocean – a homeland from Oakland to Tanauan. (


Isabella Borgeson, ISSUES

July/August 2017 Issue, BOAAT



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