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4 ways to write through tragedy and trauma (with prompts to get you started).

Dear Reader, The weekend is over and Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Minnesota are probably still on your mind in one way or another. You want to forget but it’s still gnawing at you enough to sense you’re restless about it. But you don’t know what to do or how…
Dear Reader, The weekend is over and Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Minnesota are probably still on your mind in one way or another. You want to forget but it’s still gnawing at you enough to sense…
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You've always wanted to write a book.  So you start. You write a couple of pages. You maybe get half way. And you realize... You have no idea what you're doing.  You just know that you have a story to tell. It's burning inside of you. And it's good, too. Yo...
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Dear Reader, This is a website about writing. And the writing life. It is about dispelling those myths about what the writing life actually is. It takes courage to live this life. It takes more courage to live this life as a writer of color. Today is one…
Dear Reader, This is a website about writing. And the writing life. It is about dispelling those myths about what the writing life actually is. It takes courage to live this life. It takes more cou…
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Dear Reader, Sorry for the late note. Things are moving lightening fast on my end of the world and I have an opportunity to strike while the iron’s hot! I have a big announcement tomorrow. Wednesday. July 6. Yes, this is the announcement to announce the…
Dear Reader, Sorry for the late note. Things are moving lightening fast on my end of the world and I have an opportunity to strike while the iron’s hot! I have a big announcement tomorrow. We…
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Dear Reader, It has been such a whirlwind the past couple of months so I apologize for not writing and checking in. In between teaching English at community colleges, writing, submitting, and living something needed to be sacrificed and sleep wasn’t one…
Dear Reader, It has been such a whirlwind the past couple of months so I apologize for not writing and checking in. In between teaching English at community colleges, writing, submitting, and livin…
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In recent months, I've noticed an urge to create or to announce opportunities for writers of color. Whether it's retweeting things I find or putting together a list like this, I find it a great privilege to curate this information to give writers an…
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You've always wanted to write a book.  So you start. You write a couple of pages. You maybe get half way. And you realize... You have no idea what you're doing.  You just know that you have a story to tell. It's burning inside of you. And it's good, too. Yo...
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Dear Reader, There are lots to read out there after the events of this week. I’ve tweeted a bunch of them out though I’ve been quiet on Facebook. Thought that there should be at least one place to escape. So the links I have below are a mixture of…
Dear Reader, There are lots to read out there after the events of this week. I’ve tweeted a bunch of them out though I’ve been quiet on Facebook. Thought that there should be at least o…
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How is everyone feeling after #altonsterling and #philandocastile? Is everyone okay? 
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It's official! I'm offering a writing class! My first since 2013!

Dear Reader , Here’s my big announcement. I’m offering creative writing classes in a couple of weeks. Online! Yes, that’s the big announcement. I haven’t taught my online class since 2013 and so I’m opening up and teaching “How to write like a Rock Star.”…
Dear Reader , Here’s my big announcement. I’m offering creative writing classes in a couple of weeks. Online! Yes, that’s the big announcement. I haven’t taught my online cl…
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Nah, I ain't sorry. What independence means to me -- writer, Afro-Latina, woman of color.

Dear Reader, One of the very first things I heard during my VONA experience was this: “You are allowed to take up space.” The words weren’t foreign to me but how they were put together were. Space? I nodded thinking that I knew what that phrase meant. All…
Dear Reader, One of the very first things I heard during my VONA experience was this: “You are allowed to take up space.” The words weren’t foreign to me but how they were put together were. Space?…
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  Dear Reader, Yes, I am alive. There’s a reason for the radio silence and it’s a good thing. I’ve been writing and submitting and teaching and grading. Oh, all those papers. So many that I have just looked up and realized it’s the end of MARCH! MARCH!?!…
Dear Reader, Yes, I am alive. There’s a reason for the radio silence and it’s a good thing. I’ve been writing and submitting and teaching and grading. Oh, all those papers.…
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I'm a writer, blogger, journalist and graduate of the  Goddard College MFA program in fiction. My work has appeared in USAToday and UrbanLatino Magazine. My latest fiction piece, "Beginnings" will appear in September in Minvera Rising, a literary journal. My blog is about what inspires me, my writer's soul, and my writing journey--the highs to the lows and every period, comma, and fragment in between. All this with a Latina twist.
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    Creative Writing, 2010 - 2012
  • University of Houston
    Communications, 1996 - 2002
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