Nepal Trip ~ Day 49: Just Trust!

Trust in your ability! Trust your voice! Trust your skills! Trust that you are ready! Trust that you have done the work! Today I wake up free. The air smells a little bit different like pink cotton candy on the most beautiful day at the best carnival. My focus feels different and my direction clear.… Continue reading Nepal Trip ~ Day 49: Just Trust!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN 1st Annual Sankofa Sisterhood Writers Retreat ~

We are thrilled to announce that registration is OPEN for the Sankofa Sisterhood Writers Retreat ~ Releasing the Selfless Woman: Becoming the Selfish Writer! Retreat dates: Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25th, 2015 Releasing the Selfless Woman… is letting go of all those things that keep us from writing. Becoming the Selfish Writer is… Continue reading REGISTRATION IS OPEN 1st Annual Sankofa Sisterhood Writers Retreat ~

I am thrilled to announce that one of my girls…

As I get ready to leave my house I wanted to take a moment to send a SHOUT OUT!!! To all the writers, to all the artists, to the educators and activists, to all those who believe in the greatness and potential of our youth... To our children of color... To the familia who supports… Continue reading I am thrilled to announce that one of my girls…

I refuse to sink ~ a blogger to read

"This is the ending of originality as we know it. But I refuse to let it be the end of me..." So I have started working with a mentee. She is the epitome of FIERCE! DOPENESS! I am her writing mentor... I love that I can throw an idea out there like, "yo! You should… Continue reading I refuse to sink ~ a blogger to read

LAS MUJERES DE MI TIERRA ~ Women as a Tourist Attraction

BY YOSELI CASTILLO FUERTES I always had mixed feelings every time a Dominican man or woman would say, “Las mujeres de La Vega (o Santiago, o El Cibao, o Jarabacoa o cualquier lugar) son las más bonitas”. The argument back and forth will go on depending where the people in the group were from. Women… Continue reading LAS MUJERES DE MI TIERRA ~ Women as a Tourist Attraction


IN OUR VOICE is honored to feature Castillo as October's artist of the month! Author Bio: Yoseli Castillo Fuertes was born in the Dominican Republic in 1972 and at 16 migrated to the United States. She is a bilingual-dominican-latina-lesbian poet-activist-teacher-aunt. Since August 2005 she has been organizing the Gay & Lesbian Bohemian Night, an LGBTQ… Continue reading YOSELI CASTILLO FUERTES, Poet


Over the years I have met hundreds of women who question being a writer/artist, some who fear the power of the pen, writers, poets and artists who OWN who they are and others who struggle with believing they ARE in fact writers and artists.I have met writers who are published, writers who just picked up… Continue reading CALL FOR SUBMISSION ~