SUPPORT DOMINICAN WRITERS
"Because our stories matter"
Words from the Founder Angela Abreu
“Years ago, as a college student, I enrolled in my first creative writing class. It was in this class that I began writing short stories, stories anchored in my dominicanidad. When writing, it suddenly occurred to me that I had not read anything like it, not by Dominicans. I recall sitting in my college library at John Jay, and conducting and online search for Dominican writers, a few came up, most of them dead already, but it was then that I found writers that have paved the way for us today, writers such as Julia Álvarez, Junot Diaz, Angie Cruz, Nelly Rosario. As soon as I found them I devoured those books.
Much later with my love of poetry I created a spoken word collective, it was mostly open mics in my Bronx Apartment and later at Apt78 in Washington Heights. Through networking I discovered that there were many Dominican writers, who were doing the work, I met poets, novelist, playwrights, and I asked myself why weren’t they widely known? How can I change this? I would have loved to know people like them existed as I was growing up.
So, turns out I have this habit, that if a space doesn’t exist, I create it. In 2015 I created an Instagram page where I asked the public to “TAG a Dominican Writer”. Today anyone who Google searches Dominican Writers will find our platforms, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and our webpage where we devote ourselves to sharing, promoting, supporting, and developing Dominican Writers.
As of 2019 we have published 3 Authors, 2 Anthologies, provided numerous free writing workshops, organized various book readings, discussions, book club meetings, book releases, book giveaways and so much more. We are fulfilling our mission of highlighting Dominican Writers of all creative genres so that our communities and the world know of them.
Dominican Writers Association is a platform dedicated to supporting and promoting the works by CREATIVE writers of Dominican descent in the genres of Fiction, Poetry & Creative non-fiction. Our mission is to provide them the tools and resources to continue developing their craft and reach the heights of the literary cannon.
Dominican Writers Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as of April 2019
meet the dwa team!
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DWA
Angela "Angy" Abreu is a Dominican-American mom, writer and community organizer. Angy firmly believes that “if it does not exist then you must create it.” In 2015, feeling dismissed as a Dominican American writer in many literary spaces, she decided to create the Dominican Writers Association a 501 c3 non-profit organization solely dedicated to highlighting content that not only promotes the works of Dominican Writers but also provides them with the tools and resources necessary for their development. Angy is the Creative Director of Dominican Writers and along with the Board manages and creates content that serves the Dominican Writers population.
In the Spring of 2019 Angy and the Dominican Writers Association organized the First Annual Dominican Writers Conference in honor of Josefina Baez, a one-day event that offered 15 writing workshops and 13 discussion panels. For more information on the conference please visit click here.
Sydney Valerio is a writer, mother, teacher, youth leadership coach, professor, poet, and performer. She wrote "Matters", a one-woman show, and performed it at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the National Black Theatre and Corcho Wine Room. She has been the featured poet as several spoken word events in New York City. Her poetry is published in the anthology Mujeres: the Magic, the Movement & the Muse, in La Galería's print magazine, in the anthology Péinate: Hair Struggles Between Latina Mothers & Daughters and in the New Voices 2018 Anthology. She presented at the 2018 AWP in Tampa. She is a content creator and editor for the Dominican Writers team. She is a student in the MFA in Creative Writing program at City College.
John Paul “JP” Infante is a Dominican-American teacher and writer in New York City. He teaches high school and writing workshops throughout the city. He's taught creative writing at Lehman College of CUNY and holds an MFA in fiction from the New School for General Studies. His fiction, nonfiction and poetry can be found in Kweli Journal, The Poetry Project, Uptown Collective, Hip-Not Magazine and Manhattan Times.
His short story "Without a Big One" is a nominee for the O Henry Award and The Best American Short Stories 2019.
His writing has received the following accolades: The Bernard L. Einbond Memorial Prize and The Aaron Hochberg Family Award for fiction; Winner of DTM magazine’s “Latino Identity in the U.S.” essay contest; NY State Summer Writers Institute scholarship recipient; and 2013 Northern Manhattan Artists Alliance grantee for writing.
AMY B. POLANCO CATANO
Her full name is Amy Berenice Cecilia Polanco Catano, Amy Cecilia for short. She feels that there is power and cultura in bearing your full name to the world. As a first generation Dominicana de pura cepa, la tambora aids the beat of her heart as she rides the line that is the duality of being a Dominicana-American. Amy currently holds an AS in Business Management from CUNY- BCC and a BA in English Literature from CUNY- Lehman. Amy is continuously looking for opportunities to expand her editorial experience via mediums that represent her passions for cultura and the creative soul. Esta as su orden.
JOSÉ ENEAS NUÑEZ
José Eneas Núñez is a writer, designer, educator, and cat father. He is Dominican; a fresh off the boat immigrant making his new story in the States. Back on the island, he worked as a television producer, college teacher and editorial designer alongside hard hitters like Pedro Cabiya, Archie López and Nuria Piera. His writing includes Mabí, a comic book series, and the graphic novel Atómica. They have featured his articles and short stories in the magazines UNIBE Informa and Scientia. His words crossed into TV, writing for the shows Nuria Investigación Periodística, 50/50 and the CDN segment Pa’ Que Sepa. At the moment, he works for the Department of Education and freelances his writing/editing/designing skills. He works now on a top-secret story he tells nobody about. He is a student in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Queens College.
Connecticut based designer, Jasleni Brito, has been honing her creative skills since 2008, exploring different forms of visual arts and communication. Originally a fine artist, Jasleni has blended her passion for painting with her studies in graphic design, molding her into a versatile creative professional and problem solver.
Jasleni's evolution into graphic design allowed her to work with a multitude of companies ranging from small businesses to corporate accounts, to non-profits, and other creatives like herself. These days most of her time is spent working on logo design/branding, marketing, and website design, but she still enjoys going back to her roots and picking up a paint brush when inspiration strikes.
Visit JasleniDesigns.com to see her art, purchase prints, or inquire about her custom art and design services.
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