Queens, New York, is the place that I call home. It is a special place where the coffee is always light and sweet, MetroCards help you get to where you want to go, the sound of music is always in the air, and the food is out of this world. It is the place where my love of reading and writing began, and it is the place that will always inspire me.
During my formal education, I started studying linguistics, but it was through my experiences as a woman of color combined with my love of language and reading that brought me to writing and editing. From there, I ventured into storytelling, and I liked it so much I decided to stay.
While I’ve explored a lot of different avenues (computing, business, and some other things), I always fell back onto my love of home, and my love of reading. Some of my biggest influences include John Steinbeck, Mitch Albom, Zora Neale Hurston, Steven Pinker, Betty Smith, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Khaled Hosseini.
While I enjoyed a lot of different types of books, I realized there were several narratives missing, and I wanted to find them. I started creating my own (published under August Rose Press) and helping others achieve their writing and publishing dreams. Since my passions include reading, writing, diversity, identity, inclusion, education, and a love of learning, being a social justice writer and editor was the perfect way to combine the things that were most important to me.
Both writing and editing should evolve to include more people. My work centers around raising up the voices of traditionally and historically marginalized people and reworking editorial standards to be more inclusive to all people.