Hey there. My name is Syra, and I'm a Puerto Rican journalist and poet. I'm passionate about deeply reported, solutions-driven journalism that empowers people and makes the world a kinder and better place for everyone.
For the past few months, I've been covering Puerto Rico and hurricane evacuees through a series called Las voces de María. Through this work, I've responded to the need for contextualized and in-depth journalism about Puerto Rico.
I've also written about a Puerto Rican experiment in alternative education, a library that teaches different kinds of literacy to Philly's immigrants, and traditional santero wood carving. Using sound, I've created stories like this one about mosquitos in PR's rural communities and this one on spending Hurricane Maria far away from my family.
Currently, I'm working on an exposé about ID laws in Pennsylvania and a story on Broadway Housing Communities in NYC and its radical approach towards mental health.
You can find my work in The Philadelphia Citizen, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Hyperallergic, WHYY, NPR, and others.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2017, where I studied History and English with a concentration in creative writing. At Penn, I was an arts and culture writer for 34th Street, The Daily Pennsylvanian's arts and culture magazine.
When not writing, I'm probably experimenting in the kitchen, doing yoga, or hanging out with Maya, my Boston Terrier.
I am fluent in Spanish and English, and proficient in Italian.