ALICIA ANABEL SANTOS
I am a proud New York born Dominicana who is passionate about writing works that empower and inspire women to find their voices. A self-identified Latina Lesbian Writer, Performance Artist, Producer, Playwright, and Activist, who after reading one too many stories about women I could not wholly relate to, decided to write my own tales that would honor women throughout Latin America and at the same time represent the American-born Latina experience which led me to launch the New York City Latina Writers Group.
Recently, I published my memoir, Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love and am currently completing a historical fiction novel titled, The Daughters of the Revolution. My one-woman show I WAS BORN was selected as part of the ONE Festival in 2011, held in NYC. I have worked for renowned magazines BusinessWeek, Glamour and Domino, but it was an article published in Urban Latino Magazine, "Two Cultures Marching to One Drum," that would change the direction of my life. In 2008, I joined Creador Pictures as Writer /Co-Producer of its first documentary, "Afro Latinos: La Historia Que Nunca Nos Contaron / AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story" WWW.AFROLATINOS.TV, a project that will change the way the world sees color and race relations in Latin America.
I live in Harlem, NYC with my daughter Courtniana. I am a freelance writer and activist against sexual and physical abuse towards women and children. I attended New York University and Rhode Island College. I attended New York University and Rhode Island College.
Writing and Editorial Work
Workshop Facilitator and Founder 2006 - Present
NYC LATINA WRITERS GROUP, New York, NY
§ Designed and coordinated monthly writing workshops. Created a program that provides a supportive structure aiding writers in building a foundation where they can establish and maintain a writing discipline.
§ Workshops facilitated: Rituals of Writing 12-week workshop, Writing With Intention and Women Writing the World.
Writer and Editor 2006 – Present
FINDING YOUR FORCE, New York, NY
§ Wrote and edited daily blog. Managed website, researched topics and wrote opinion articles for blog.
Author, Finding Your Force A Journey to Love 2002 – 2011
§ Wrote and published a memoir.
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
§ AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story – traveled to 18 countries and conducted over 200 interviews in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Argentina, Guatemala, Honduras and others.
§ Latina Source Podcast: reviewed Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies (2007); Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (2007); Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2007); Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner (2007); Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist (2007); Mary Phipher’s Writing to Change the World (2007) and the documentary Last Days of Left Eye.
§ Urban Latino Magazine: Interview with Visual Artist, Yasmin Hernandez; Professor, Dr. Georgina Falu; Professor, Dr. Natasha Gordon-Chipembere; Author, Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega; and Writer & Composer, Tato Torres.
PRESENTATIONS ~ WORKSHOPS
§ “Bleeding Black,” Afrolatinos documentary screening and presentation, Black History Month Event, George Washington University, Washington, DC, February, 2012
§ Finding Your Force book presentation, Books on the Square, Providence, RI, February, 2012
§ Black History Month Presentation, Afrolatinos documentary screening and presentation at Hunter College, New York NY, February, 2012
§ Keynote address: “Without Limits: A Women’s Movement,” Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, March 2012
§ Classroom presentations: “Modern Latin America” and “Violence and Healthcare.” Afrolatinos documentary screening and presentation, Haverford College, Ardmore, PA, March 2012
§ “Noche de Gala: Color Esperanza,” Latin American Student Union Banquet, Reading, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, March 2012
§ “Sankofa Sisterhood,” in honor of Women’s History Month, Hueman Bookstore, New York, NY, March 2012
§ “Memoir Writing Workshop,” Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY, March 2012
§ “22nd Annual NLCC’s National Latino Collegiate Conference,” Women’s History Month Event, SUNY Albany, Albany, NY, March 2012
§ “Night of the Arts: Expressions, Evening of Music, Art and Spoken Word, Film and Inspiration,” Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY, March 2012
§ National Dominican Student Conference, LGBT Panel, Brown University, Providence, RI, April 2012
§ Book Reading and discussion at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, April, 2012
§ Book Reading and discussion at SUNY Albany, Albany, NY, April, 2012
§ “Tu Vida Tu Voz” blog workshop, Havana and Santiago, Cuba, April-May, 2012
§ “Afro-Latino Identity & Contemporary Media,” Panel Discussion, Somos & the BEAT of Viacom, New York, NY, June, 2012
§ “Rituals of Writing,” 12-week writing workshop, Hunter College, New York, NY, July, 2012
§ “Our History Our Words,” St. Josephs College, Brooklyn, NY, September, 2012
§ “Continuing the Oral Tradition on Paper: Latino Writers in Their Own Words,” The New School, New York, NY, September, 2012
§ The Emerging Latina Leader: Challenges, Opportunities & Transformation, presentation, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, October, 2012
§ “De Donde Vengo Yo! Where I am from!,” NYC Latina Writers Group performance, Camaradas, New York, NY, October 2012
§ NYC Latina Writers Group presentation, “Marathon reading of work by Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich,” Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, NY, November, 2012
§ “Café Con Leche event,” I WAS BORN and Finding Your Force book reading, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI, October, 2012
§ “The Black Employee Network Celebrates CSC Diversity Month/Afrolatino Heritage Webinar,” presentation, CSC, Falls Church, VA, October, 2012
§ Latino Heritage Month Performance/Workshop, Afrolatinos documentary screening and discussion, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, October, 2012
§ “Women Writing the World,” facilitated virtual writing workshop, New York, NY, October, 2012
§ “Writing With Intention,” facilitated writing workshop, New York, NY, November-December 2012
§ Afrolatinos presentation and film screening, Latino Heritage Month, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY, October, 2012
§ “In Our Own Words—On Our Own Terms: Reflections of Latin@ LGBTQ Writers,” panelist and facilitated writing session, Pace University, New York, NY, October, 2012
§ Afrolatinos presentation, screening and discussion, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, December, 2012
§ Finding Your Force, book reading and discussion, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, February, 2011
§ U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Inclusion Unit, Afrolatinos international webinar/presentation, Washington, DC, February, 2011
§ National Dominican Student Conference, LGBT Panel, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April, 2011
§ Finding Your Force A Journey to Love, book release and presentation, Hueman Bookstore, New York, NY, August, 2011
§ Global Soul, Afrolatinos Presentation, Little Field, Brooklyn, NY, September, 2011
§ Finding Your Force book reading, Casa Attabex Aché, Bronx, NY, September, 2011
§ Finding Your Force book reading, Word UP! Community Bookshop, Washington Heights, NY, September, 2011
§ Hispanic/Latino Authors Book Presentation, Brooklyn Book Festival, La Casa Azul and Las Comadres, Brooklyn, NY, September, 2011
§ Center Authors presents: Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love, book presentation, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center, New York, NY, September, 2011
§ “Native Tongues & Spoken Words,” performance and book presentation, Roots Café, Providence, RI, September, 2011
§ Afrolatino’s presentation, discussion on writing, performance art and theatre, at McCluer South-Berkeley High School, St. Louis, MO, October, 2011
§ Finding Your Force book presentation, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY, October, 2011
§ Finding Your Force book presentation, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, October, 2011
§ Finding Your Force book presentation, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, October, 2011
§ Finding Your Force book presentation, Corcho Wine Room, New York, NY, October, 2011
§ Afrolatinos screening and presentation, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, February, 2010
§ NYC Latina Writers Group, performance series, La Pregunta Café, New York, NY, February 2010
§ “Beyond the Color Divide,” Afrolatinos presentation and discussion, Caribbean Week, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April, 2010
§ Afrolatinos presentation and discussion, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, April 2010
§ “Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo,” panelist, National Dominican Student Conference and the Senior Advisor for Quisqueya: the Dominican Students Association in Cornell University, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, April, 2010
§ “Warrior of Words,” NYC Latina Writers Group performance, featuring Lemon Anderson, Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY, June, 2010
§ “For the LOVE of COMM-UN-ITY, For the LOVE of WORDS,” NYC Latina Writers Group performance, Rock Wilk, Camaradas, New York, NY, October, 2010
§ “Showcase Afro-Latino heritage,” Afrolatinos presentation and discussion, Pace University, Pleasantville, New York, September, 2010
§ Hispanic Panic Event, I WAS BORN play presentation, Nowhere Lounge, New York, NY, September, 2010
§ “Womyn Without Voices/Mujeres Sin Voces,” LGBT Center, New York, NY, October, 2010
§ Presentation of One Woman show, I WAS BORN, Teatro Latea, New York, October, 2010
§ “Powerful Womyn, Powerful Words,” NYC Latina Writers Group performance, Women’s History Event, East Harlem Café, March, 2009
§ “Presentación: Mujer Negra, Arte, Cultura e Identidad ~ Conversatorio Mujer Negra, presentation and moderated discussion, Bogota, Colombia, September, 2009
§ Afrolatinos presentation, Universidad Manuela Beltran Presentacion, Bogota, Colombia, September, 2009
§ “35th Anniversary National Conference of Black Mayors,” MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, October, 2009
§ Afrolatinos presentation and discussion, Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School, Bronx, NY, October, 2009
§ “Mujeres Viviendo Sus Leyendas/Women Living their Legend, NYC Latina Writers Group performance, East Harlem Café, New York, NY, October, 2009
§ “Latino Art Gallery and Book Discussion,” Afrolatinos Presentation, New York University, New York, NY, November, 2009
§ “Explore Where Your Options Can Take You,” District 79’s College Fair, New York University, New York, NY, May, 2009
§ “Choice and Commitment,” NYC Latina Writers Group performance, Camaradas, New York, NY, October, 2007
INTERVIEWS & APPEARANCES
§ Named Notable Latina -profiled AfroLatino Event for Black History Month with the Hispanic Student Association.- George Mason University – September, 2012
§ Finding Your Force A Journey to Love, listed in the Advocates, “21 LGBT Biographies or Memoirs You Should Read Now,” August, 2012
§ Finding Your Force A Journey to Love, listed in Publishers Weekly quarterly, as “A growing chorus of voices in DIY publishing, April 2012
www.cuny.tv/bio/alicia_anabel_santos. Appearances on CUNY TV. Independent Sources. 2010 Year Ender December 29, 2010; The Black/Brown Divide March 3, 2010
§ Interview: Nueva York
#105: A. Ferreras, Feria del Libro de Brooklyn, D. Chery
December 15, 2011
#96: Lo mejor de la 6ª. temporada/The best of season 6
August 4, 2011
#77: Ray Cruz, Gustavo Guerrero, Ciclo de Lecturas "Panic"
September 16, 2010
§ Interview: “Nowhere like home for gay writers,” New York Daily News, September, 2010
Sep 15, 2010 – Alicia Anabel Santos, a 39-year-old Brooklyn-born Dominicana, appeared at the all-female LATINA PANIC! in July.
§ Interview: BronxNet - Alicia Anabel Santos on OPEN, March, 2012
Mar 26, 2012 – What better way to pay tribute in Women's History Month than with a panel discussion and featured performance art touching on issues that ...
§ Interview: Vivir Latino, http://vivirlatino.com/tags/alicia-anabel-santos
§ Finding Your Force A Journey to Love, Memoir, August, 2011
§ The Best of Panic Anthology, Published December, 2010
§ Urban Latino Magazine: Two Cultures Marching to One Drum, February, 2008
CROSS CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Interviews for Afrolatinos Documentary
§ San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, August 2012
§ Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Cuba, April – May 2012
§ Bogota, Colombia, December 2011 – January 2012
§ Bogota, Colombia, May – July 2011
§ Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 2010
§ Montevideo, Uruguay, April, 2010
§ Samana, Dominican Republic (Semana Santa); Port Au Prince, Haiti (Vudoo), and Bogota, Colombia, April, 2009
§ Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July, 2009
§ Havana, Cuba, and Bogota, Colombia, November, 2009
§ New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA, May 2008
§ Veracruz, Mexico, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, July, 2008
§ San Basilio de Palenque, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bogota, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Masca, Honduras, August, 2008
§ Livingston, Guatemala; La Ceiba, Travesia, Honduras, and Dominican Republic (Fiesta de San Miguel), September, 2008
§ Peru, November, 2008
AFFILIATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS
§ New York City Latina Writers Group, Founder and member since 2006, New York, NY
§ DeAlmas Women’s Collective, Member since 2008, New York, NY
§ Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Member since 2005, New York, NY
§ Keynote address at Syracuse University: “Without Limits: A Women’s Movement!” at Syracuse, University, Syracuse, NY, March, 2012
§ Conferences: National Dominican Student Conference (2012, 2011, 2010), Fuerza Latina’s 22nd Annual National Latino Collegiate Conference,"El Poder De Ahora: The Dawn of a New Era" (2012).
§ Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA), Completed the Fiction Writing Workshop with Maaza Mengiste, University California, Berkeley (2012).
§ FELT Fantastic Experimental Theater Workshop, with Playwright Carmen Rivera. (2010)
§ NYC Latina Writers Group ~ Founder, Writing Workshop Facilitator (2006 – present).
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