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About Us

Dominican Writers Association is a platform dedicated to supporting and promoting the works by writers of Dominican descent. Our mission is to provide them the tools and resources to continue developing their craft and reach the heights of the literary cannon.

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Our Team/Nuestro Equipo

Angela Abreu-Founder
Angela Abreu-Founder

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.” As a poet and community organizer, in 2014 she co-founded Wordat4F, "Where Community Activism Meets the Arts”,a grassroots traveling open mic series that cultivated a love of spoken word, poetry and literature in the Uptown (Washington Heights, Inwood & Bronx) communities of New York City. Wordat4F began as an open mic series requested and hosted in secret locations and later made a home in Apt78, a local community hub. Wordat4F participated in Sankofa “Slamnesty: Activism through storytelling” and hosted the first ever Poetry Slam Competition in Washington Heights. In 2015, feeling dismissed as a Dominican American writer in many literary spaces, she decided to create the Dominican Writers Association, its mission solely focuses on highlighting content that not only promotes the works of Dominican Writers but also provides them with the tools and resources necessary for their development.

As a writer, Angy is also the author of "I Have No Room For the Broken" an autobiographical collection of poetry on love, heartbreak and moving on, available via Amazon and currently being translated into Spanish. In 2017, her book was written into monologue form which participated in the “One Catches Light Festival” in Brooklyn, NY and the Uptown Arts Stroll 2017. Angy’s writing has been featured on www.thelivesofmen.com and www.wendyanguloproductions.com, and recently published in "Péinate: Hair Battles Between Latina Mothers and Daughters". Most recently, Angy attended AWP 2019 in March where she participated on a panel entitled “Neither From Here or There: Writers Search for Belonging and Place.” You may connect with Angy via Instagram at @angysgotit.

Mariela Regalado-Media & Communications

Mariela Regalado-Media & Communications

Mariela Regalado is a Bilingual, first generation, Dominican immigrant. She is a program manager for a college access nonprofit, helping to change the landscape for students of color attending institutions of higher education. An avid reader and writer she recognizes the importance of giving students a safe space to create and find themselves through Art. Mariela currently documents her multidimensional experience through bilingual poetry and prose. For more information visit her at www.MarielaRegalado.com

Syney Valerio-Content Creator/Editor

Syney Valerio-Content Creator/Editor

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.

JP Infante-Content Creator/Editor

JP Infante-Content Creator/Editor

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-Junior Editor

Amy B. Polanco Catano-Junior Editor

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.

Jose Eneas Nunez-Graphic Designer

José Eneas Núñez

José Eneas Núñez

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.

Santo Domingo Team

Karolyn Castro

Karolyn Castro

Nilsa Lopez

Nilsa Lopez

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“It’s like my whole world is coming undone, but when I write, my pencil is a needle and thread, and I’m stitching the scraps back together”

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