teller of stories. empathy first. 

faith / 24 / grad student

instagram: @faithavillanueva


in addition to writing, i read jfk biographies, study social work, and test my boyfriend's patience.

i like movies about sharks and songs from 2006. i don't like ketchup or carnations.

my writing aims to be as trauma informed and victim/survivor centric as possible; i recognize that this can be controversial and challenging to do so properly. i might get it wrong. should my writing contradict your lived experience, i would love to chat about it. my inbox is always open and i welcome any and all feedback.


--- in your own words: completed as of 2018, in constant rewrites

--- save the lifeguards: completed, posting online as of september 2020
  • JoinedJuly 21, 2016

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faithavelina faithavelina Sep 21, 2020 07:42PM
IYOW has gained a lot of attention in the last week—I’m still not totally sure how this happened, but I am SO grateful. I went from 17k reads to over 48k since September 12th. If anybody has any tho...
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