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January's
Blooming Talent of the Month
2feathers

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How is your talent/business blooming?

I am on the brink of doing more work within the community to be of service, all through art, meditation and more. I'm also starting a performance and open mic series and am looking forward to bringing together more creatives in the spirit of collaboration.

Who is someone you admire in your field?

Nancy Mercado.

How would you best describe your creative mission? 

One of my main aims is to spread the healing capacity of writing and art in my community while simultaneously empowering others to use their voices and speak their truths so they can be liberated from cycles of silence and trauma.

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What inspired you to walk in this particular path?

Poetry has served as a very intimate form of expression and navigation throughout my life. After experiencing some hard losses, it inspired me to share this tool through workshops so that others could find a healthy healing mechanism to use throughout their healing journey, much as it served me during mine, and continues to do so.

What was your biggest challenge when you started?

My biggest challenge was finding the courage to share the vulnerability in my writing with others. But once I did, I realized how much we can create authentic connections simply by sharing our experiences.

What is the proudest moment in your journey so far?

Having my second book Women of Eve's Garden accepted into the US Library of Congress in 2018. I am proud of this because the collection was meant to empower the voices of multicultural female and non binary voices/artistry and it meant a lot to see it be received so well into a valued institution and then also have it in the instillation honoring Steve Cannon in the Whitney Museum. But ultimately, the best part of this journey, is really being able to express myself authentically and meet other like minded souls and create even more art and opportunities for creative expression.

Please share some words of wisdom with our readers.

Trust yourself. In life, we can often be distracted by the opinions of others, by the anticipation of what others may think, and all this ever does is hold us back from living authentically. The journey to authenticity is the journey to your liberation, to joy. Cultivate joy in your life as much as you can, because the moments will pass by so much faster than anyone would ever imagine. And don't be afraid to meet others deeply. If we aren't connecting at the heart level, if we aren't connecting in truth, what are we even doing here? It's not the things we do that remain, but how we make people feel.

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What city are you based in?

Astoria, Queens, NY

What is your type of artistry/business?

Poetry, Reiki, Tarot, Astrology.

How long have you been in this field?

Over 5 years as a published writer, but I've been writing since the age of 9.

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