Free from the Peine

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My motherA Taino queen from Puerto RicoWith the fairest skin andSilky jet black hair that flowslike a raven through the skyHer fingers able to caress every strandwith a simple stroke andevery piece falls backexactly as it once waswithout any evidenceLittle did she did she knowshe would birth a young Latinx queenwith a head full of [….]

Cucaracha- D’Liz Polanco

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Morning skewers the blinds. The heat of the sun on the lids of her eyes and the rooster’s belligerent crowing urge Camila out of bed. Stray curls are sent into a tiny frenzy when the whir of the fan oscillates in her direction. Her weary eyes widen at the lilting sound of the greca’s whistles [….]

Should you pursue an MFA?

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What is an MFA in writing? An MFA is an abbreviation for Master of Fine Arts, a graduate-level degree that focuses on creative studies. There are several types of MFA degrees, including creative writing, art, drama, and photography. A Masters of Fina Arts (MFA) is a graduate degree that typically requires two to three years [….]

#37 Free Online Writing Courses

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There are many free online writing courses and resources available to fine tune your writing skills and share your stories with the world. The following list of courses have all been created by top Universities and are available to take online, at your own pace, completely for free! Find the ones that are relevant to you and start brushing up on your writing skills today.

Promoting Before and after self-publishing

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Many of you have asked how to market and promote your book prior to and after self publishing. Below are some suggestions that have worked for our authors. Before Set up an Author central https://authorcentral.amazon.com/ Set up ore order via Amazon http://ericvanderhope.com/how-to-set-up-pre-orders-on-amazon-for-print-books/ Create a raffle to give away free copies Create a spreadsheet to record [….]

Liberatory Afro-Latinidad: a Q and A experiment

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a lot more time than usual to think and rant away. One of the conversations that I keep having with my closest friends, many of whom happen to Afro-Latinx, goes something like this: Me: You ready?! Friends: We ready!! Me: For black liberation, land ownership, collective farming and [….]

“The Story of a Dominican Dad Who Worked in New York City for Over Two Decades and Was Deported Out of Nowhere”

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[This was a story written by  Gary Gerard Hamilton] For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been looking for Baron, my favorite custodial worker here at Yankee Stadium; not actively going around searching for him, but anticipating running into him. A Dominican man, probably in his late-fifties or early-sixties with a short beard as white as [….]

“Can We Teach Our Dominican Parents and Grandparents How to Use an ATM?”

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If there’s anything more frustrating about living in a Dominican neighborhood and being Dominican is watching our querido viejos and viejas distrust banks. Yes, the idea of people distrusting the highest institutions on earth isn’t a new concept. We all distrust everything from the government to the guy who walks around Dyckman with the ‘Dulce [….]

We Need to Stop Pressuring Young LATINA Women

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Growing up in the Dominican community or any other Spanish speaking one can guarantee you a few things. You will undoubtedly be part of a very close-knit family. You will love your culture. And last, but not least, you will be expected in more cases than not to get an education, a good job “y [….]