Adrian De Leon

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Adrian De Leon is an Abagatan (Southern) Ilokano writer and educator from Manila by way of Scarborough. He is the author of two poetry collections: Rouge (2018) and barangay: an offshore poem (forthcoming, 2021). With Téa Mutonji (Shut Up You’re Pretty, 2019) and Natasha Ramoutar (Bittersweet, 2020), Adrian is a Co-Editor of FEEL WAYS: A Scarborough Anthology (2021). He is an Assistant Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.


Cover Photo: Adrian De Leon, light brown skinned with freckles and silver framed glasses, in a grey crew neck sweatshirt. He's standing in front of a white brick wall with black airbrushed spots.
How My Hometown Homie Makes Me Feel Beautiful

In any serious picture of me, I am not comfortable enough to look directly into the lens. I don’t know if I will ever be.

Aug 12, 2021