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Nivea Castro- Day 29- 31daysofWomen

Nivea Castro- Day 29- 31daysofWomen

“A woman’s courage is defined and tempered by how we bounce back, move on and up in the face of fear and life’s beat down. We dare to fall in love with our own selves because then we are free to love others and do right, be right in the world.” Nivea Castro, writer, photographer, social justice attorney, Lesbian activist, and educator.

I met Nivea at my first meeting of the NYCLWG in January 2012 and I couldn’t think of anyone else to best define a woman’s courage than her. She is one of the most courageous women I know. Nivea is not afraid of anything; her adventurous spirit is contagious and as the lawyer she is, she always has something to say! She has a strong character but a heart of gold, she’s always available to help and share her knowledge to help you get to the next level.

Nivea was the co-facilitator of my first writing workshop with Alicia Anabel Santos. From the very beginning and to date she has encouraged me to write and tell my story. She has also been very supportive of my ventures and after every show she attends she gives me the most honest feedback: always telling me what she liked and the things that can be improved.

One of the things I admire about Nivea is her passion for everything she does, whether it’s her writing, photography, activism or teaching. She gives it her all and then some, and always, always strives to give her best and to help reach your highest potential. She is always there to help you kick fear in the face and do what you are supposed to do and do it right!

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About wendyang

Wendy Angulo is a New York City born Latina, raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Wendy is a mother, writer, lawyer and the founder of Wendy Angulo Productions, an organization whose goal is to support, encourage, and promote poetry and visual arts in the borough of Queens. Wendy, re-discovered her love for writing in the summer of 2011 after attending a spoken word event in Queens. She then joined the New York City Latina Writers Group where she has been an active member and has taken on the role as the organization’s Program Director. Wendy is an essayist who is currently working on her Memoir. She has read her work at several venues throughout New York City, including Nuyorican’s Poets Cafe, East Harlem Cafe, Sankofa Sisterhood, Camaradas and has been published in the online journal Mom Egg Review; she is a 2016 VONA alum and the sole creator/curator and producer of Canvas of Words, an art and poetry showcase that birthed of Wendy’s desire to bring the arts back to her beloved borough of Queens. Wendy continues to scout for new talent and build new connections to perpetuate the arts and strengthen the literary community.