Why I’ve dedicated my life to serving WOC!

Why are spaces for women of color important TO ME? Because for far too long we have been left out of the narratives. In this space you are at the center of the conversation. Because without you there is NO me! Because writing is how we dig for the truth and hopefully save ourselves. Because… Continue reading Why I’ve dedicated my life to serving WOC!

FYF ~ Chapter 28: Hitting That Wall Over and Over! #FYFLove #audiobook

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE UNKNOWN? I was about to live my dreams. It was surreal. It felt like I was dreaming. I was scared of the unknown? What is it about the unknown that is so FRIGHTENING? What if I decided to SEE the unknown in a completely different way? What if I chose… Continue reading FYF ~ Chapter 28: Hitting That Wall Over and Over! #FYFLove #audiobook

FYF ~ Chapter 28: Hitting That Wall Over and Over! #FYFLove #audiobook

This was an incredible gift and opportunity. Why was I afraid? What is it that I'm most afraid of? FAILING!!! I am afraid of failing you, failing my family, failing myself, failing my friends and failing at life. It’s not an easy task to follow our hearts desire when we allow fear to set in.… Continue reading FYF ~ Chapter 28: Hitting That Wall Over and Over! #FYFLove #audiobook

The History of My Hair

My curls These grays…. Mis canas maps of my life Each strand confirming I’ve lived through things I’ve been through things I’ve seen some things My curls scream Africa Afrolatina Woman Guerrera Amazona Choking on messages about hair That the world wants to force feed me How it represents my true beauty “Blow it out!… Continue reading The History of My Hair

Master Class in Poetry: A Nuyorican State of Mind: Poetry of Witness

  Poets & Writers, The NYC Latina Writers Group, & BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance are honored to offer a Master Poetry Class: A Nuyorican State of Mind: Poetry of Witness with Nancy Mercado, Ph.D. In undergrad I took a psychology class where the professor shared an example of the “Bystander effect/apathy,” where… Continue reading Master Class in Poetry: A Nuyorican State of Mind: Poetry of Witness

Words & Rituals: A special event in NYC!

On my mind... Rituals. Words. Sisterhood. Power. Womb. The sacred. The stories we must tell. The line up. The badass women about to tear up the mic. Memoir. Fiction. Poetry. Our voices no longer muted! Oya. Tomorrow. NYC Latina Writers Group 8th Anniversary. See you there! 5:30pm Corcho Wine Room. October is truly the month… Continue reading Words & Rituals: A special event in NYC!

Week two: We BEGIN at the beginning!

Last Sunday, when I got home I was exhausted. That GOOD kind of tired. The writers all came home with me and now I carry them in my soul. I needed an entire day to decompress after the most amazing Sunday, it started with the Writing from the Womb Workshop where ten writers showed up… Continue reading Week two: We BEGIN at the beginning!