Wendy, who strongly believes that “The only limitation we have is within ourselves” re-discovered her love for writing in the summer of 2011 when she attended a spoken word event in Queens, New York. It was through this event that she joined the New York City Latina Writers Group where she has been an active member since 2012 and took on the role as the organization’s Program Director until 2018.
Wendy is a writer and essayist who is currently working on her Memoir “Rebirth: Where it all Begins”, she wants her story to inspire and motivate womyn everywhere who face divorce, single parenting, and the countless other challenges of womynhood. Wendy 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 twice in the online journal Mom Egg Review and The Kenyon Review; she also has been featured at More Than Latina, Sofrito for your Soul, the Nasty Women Unite Festival, Bowery Poetry Club and the Richmond Hill Love Letter; she is also a 2016 VONA alum and is their Interim Program Director, the 2016 Latino Community Liaison and Communications Coordinator for the first Queens Book Festival and is 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.
After reading her poetry at various venues throughout New York City, Wendy felt the need to bring the arts back to her beloved borough of Queens. She created Canvas of Words, an art and poetry showcase that debuted October 12, 2013, to a sold-out audience. The success of Canvas of Words motivated her to begin Wendy Angulo Productions, an organization whose goal is to support, encourage, and promote poetry and visual arts in the borough of Queens. Her goal is for Canvas of Words to become a nationwide event that promotes the arts and the love of literature.
Through Wendy Angulo Productions she Co-Curates and Produces LETRAS, The Latino Self-Published Book Fair, with Maria Aponte, created Trailblazers, A Meeting of the Dreamers and Doers in collaboration with Mariela Regalado, to highlight the works and successes of entrepreneurs in our communities. She is the producer of Elephant, a choreo-film created and produced entirely by women of color to fight against street harassment. The video is the collective effort of a group of interdisciplinary artists from New York City who came together to highlight the importance of looking at street harassment from a lens of reclamation of power. The powerful poem featured in the video is written by poet Elisabet Velasquez, the body Art by visual artist Alicia Cobb, the choreography by dancer and choreographer Keomi Tarver, directed, filmed and edited by filmmaker Connie Chavez.
The video has gone viral and has been featured by NBC News, Elephant Journal, We Are Mitu, Sole, More Than Latina, Latinas Negra Love and NowThis Her. More recently, she joined the Queens Hip Hop Festival as the festival’s Public Relations Coordinator and Teatrica, as one of its producers as part of their Maracay/New York project to stimulate the exchange of dramaturgical work between Venezuela and New York. Wendy also is one of the Experts of the ALSO US project by MTPA US that helps teenagers impacted by ALS bring their stories to life through art. She writes weekly on her website’s blog by interview format highlighting the work of “extraordinary people within our community who have inspired me and influenced my work”. With these interviews, Wendy hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams as she has been inspired by each one of her guests.
Wendy continues to scout for new talent, build new connections and create platforms to perpetuate the arts and strengthen the literary community in New York City.