It takes a community to nurture and support a writer and their writing. Throughout my journey, I have found support, nourishment, and homes with each of the following organizations in Calfornia, Texas and New York City. Each have helped shaped my identity as both a person and a poet, please go and learn more about the critical work they carry out.
- CantoMundo: CantoMundo is a national organization that cultivates a community of Latina/o poets through workshops, symposia, and public readings. Founded in 2009 by Norma E. Cantú, Celeste Mendoza, Pablo Miguel Martínez, Deborah Paredez, and Carmen Tafolla, CantoMundo hosts an annual poetry workshop for Latina/o poets that provides a space for the creation, documentation, and critical analysis of Latina/o poetry.
- El Taller Latino Americano: El Taller Latino Americano is a community-based non-profit arts and education institution founded in New York City in 1979 to bridge the gap between Latin Americans and North Americans through the language of art, dance and music. Through their work they create a cohesive community by providing exposure to, understanding of, and respect for diverse cultural arts through a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach.
- Hmong American Writers' Circle: Founded in 2004 by Hmong writer and poet Burlee Vang, HAWC has served as a forum to discover and foster creative writing within the Hmong community. Since its inception, HAWC’s efforts and achievements have been geared toward the creation of a visible body of Hmong American literature, the establishment of a Hmong literary culture, as well as to provide a nurturing space within a writers' workshop for members to dialogue and hone their writing each month.