Jessica Ciencin Henriquez
is a Colombian-American writer and editor. Her personal essays and narrative journalism have appeared in the New York Times
among many other publications. Her essays have also been featured in multiple anthologies, including Oprah's Little Guide to The Big Questions
, and she is the author of the forthcoming memoir: If You Loved Me You Would Know.
Jess is also a wonderful writing teacher which is how we met!
In this episode, we speak on growing up between two vastly different cultures, on the necessity of vulnerability in art, on the key element that helps transform pain into gratitude. She notes that all of her success has followed rejection and shares a wonderful story that serves as a reminder that when the door doesn’t open, it’s not your door, and something better is around the corner. We also talk about our shared feeling towards the suggestion of growing a “thick skin” (spoiler, we don’t like it).
Jess drops so much wisdom as I knew she would. I always feel lighter and so inspired after talking to her and this was no exception. I’m thrilled for you to get to know her, too!
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This episode was audio produced by Aaron Moring. Theme music is by Ilan Isakov.