ABOUT DWA PRESS
As writers, we often face difficulties when publishing our own work. Often we are overwhelmed with the lack of available resources to point us in the right direction. We also know that the big publishing houses focus their attention on books/topics that do not correspond to our culture and definitely not on indie authors, this is the reason why we have decided to create the DWA Press. The DWA Press is a branch of the Dominican Writers Association.
Founder/Creative Director of DWA
Angela "Angy" Abreu is a Dominican-American mom, writer and community organizer. Angy firmly believes that “if it does not exist then you must create it.” In 2015, feeling dismissed as a Dominican American writer in many literary spaces, she decided to create the Dominican Writers Association a 501 c3 non-profit organization solely dedicated to highlighting content that not only promotes the works of Dominican Writers but also provides them with the tools and resources necessary for their development. Angy is the Creative Director of Dominican Writers and along with the Board manages and creates content that serves the Dominican Writers population.
In the Spring of 2019 Angy and the Dominican Writers Association organized the First Annual Dominican Writers Conference in honor of Josefina Baez, a one-day event that offered 15 writing workshops and 13 discussion panels. For more information on the conference please visit www.dwconference.com.
Sydney Valerio is a writer, mother, teacher, youth leadership coach, professor, poet, and performer. She wrote "Matters", a one-woman show, and performed it at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the National Black Theatre and Corcho Wine Room. She has been the featured poet as several spoken word events in New York City. Her poetry is published in the anthology Mujeres: the Magic, the Movement & the Muse, in La Galería's print magazine, in the anthology Péinate: Hair Struggles Between Latina Mothers & Daughters and in the New Voices 2018 Anthology. She presented at the 2018 AWP in Tampa. She is a content creator and editor for the Dominican Writers team. She is a student in the MFA in Creative Writing program at City College.
John Paul “JP” Infante is a Dominican-American teacher and writer in New York City. He teaches high school and writing workshops throughout the city. He's taught creative writing at Lehman College of CUNY and holds an MFA in fiction from the New School for General Studies. His fiction, nonfiction and poetry can be found in Kweli Journal, The Poetry Project, Uptown Collective, Hip-Not Magazine and Manhattan Times.
His short story "Without a Big One" is a nominee for the O Henry Award and The Best American Short Stories 2019.
His writing has received the following accolades: The Bernard L. Einbond Memorial Prize and The Aaron Hochberg Family Award for fiction; Winner of DTM magazine’s “Latino Identity in the U.S.” essay contest; NY State Summer Writers Institute scholarship recipient; and 2013 Northern Manhattan Artists Alliance grantee for writing.
AMY B. POLANCO CATANO
Her full name is Amy Berenice Cecilia Polanco Catano, Amy Cecilia for short. She feels that there is power and cultura in bearing your full name to the world. As a first generation Dominicana de pura cepa, la tambora aids the beat of her heart as she rides the line that is the duality of being a Dominicana-American. Amy currently holds an AS in Business Management from CUNY- BCC and a BA in English Literature from CUNY- Lehman. Amy is continuously looking for opportunities to expand her editorial experience via mediums that represent her passions for cultura and the creative soul. Esta as su orden.
Web / Graphic Designer
Connecticut based designer, Jasleni Brito, has been honing her creative skills since 2008, exploring different forms of visual arts and communication. Originally a fine artist, Jasleni has blended her passion for painting with her studies in graphic design, molding her into a versatile creative professional and problem solver.
Jasleni's evolution into graphic design allowed her to work with a multitude of companies ranging from small businesses to corporate accounts, to non-profits, and other creatives like herself. These days most of her time is spent working on logo design/branding, marketing, and website design, but she still enjoys going back to her roots and picking up a paint brush when inspiration strikes.
Visit JasleniDesigns.com to see her art, purchase prints, or inquire about her custom art and design services.
JOSÉ ENEAS NUÑEZ
José Eneas Núñez is a writer, designer, educator, and cat father. He is Dominican; a fresh off the boat immigrant making his new story in the States. Back on the island, he worked as a television producer, college teacher and editorial designer alongside hard hitters like Pedro Cabiya, Archie López and Nuria Piera. His writing includes Mabí, a comic book series, and the graphic novel Atómica. They have featured his articles and short stories in the magazines UNIBE Informa and Scientia. His words crossed into TV, writing for the shows Nuria Investigación Periodística, 50/50 and the CDN segment Pa’ Que Sepa. At the moment, he works for the Department of Education and freelances his writing/editing/designing skills. He works now on a top-secret story he tells nobody about. He is a student in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Queens College.