SUPPORT DOMINICAN WRITERS
"Because our stories matter"
Dominican Writers Association is a platform dedicated to supporting and promoting the works by creative writers of Dominican descent (more specifically Dominican-American) in the genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Our mission is to provide writers and community members with the tools and resources to continue developing their craft with the means to self-publish or traditionally publish within the U.S. publishing industry. As of 2016 we have published 3 poetry books, 3 anthologies (w/ 3 underway), 1 comic, 1 children's book, 2 short story collections, 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.
DWA is the founder of the Dominican Writers Conference, which gathers dozens of talks, workshops, readings on a single day at the City University of New York, City College. While this event takes place in Harlem, the vast majority of our events take place in unique spaces throughout Washington Heights and Inwood, in venues such as Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, Word Up Community Bookshop, Pop & Pour, Miss Rizos Salon, and more. Founded in Washington Heights in New York City, the home of the largest Dominican community outside the Dominican Republic, DWA is devoted to sharing, promoting, supporting, and developing Dominican writers—and, in turn, creating community.
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 click here.
Alicia Anabel Santos
Is an Afrolatina Lesbian Storyteller, Speaker, Performance Artist, Producer, Playwright, Teaching Artist and Activist. Her stories celebrate and honor women throughout Latin America. She was born in Brooklyn and is a proud Dominican Writer.
Michael "JuanBago" Diaz
Michael Diaz is a producer, writer, and actor based in New York City. His award-winning short films and sketches have generated over 30 million views on YouTube and Facebook. He founded comedy troupe ROOM 28, which was featured on NBC’s BRING THE FUNNY in 2019. As a brand content creator, he has worked with brands such as Brisk, Verizon, Pepsi and PGA Tour in creating Latino-driven, comedy content. He currently hosts the Award-Winning Podcast LATINOS OUT LOUD and has interviewed guests such as John Leguizamo, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Kid Mero.
Yoseli Castillo Fuertes, born in La Vega, D.R. in 1972, migrated to the United States at the age of 16. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Spanish Literature. She is a bilingual-Afro-Dominican-Latina-lesbian-poet-activist-teacher-aunt-foster mom. She is a Cave Canem alumnus. Her poems and short stories have appeared in various anthologies and online magazines in New York, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Santo Domingo. Her self published book De eso sí se habla / Of That, I speak is available at firstname.lastname@example.org. @yoseliescribe https://www.facebook.com/yoselicastillofuertes/?ref=bookmarks