Meet Wendy Angulo

Poet

Storytelling tip

Tell the truth even when it's difficult because this will definitely connect you with your readers and make your story relatable, especially with those who are also going through your same experiences. Use sentences and the words you normally use in daily conversations. When telling stories use the five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell to describe places, characters, feelings, actions. This really makes your stories memorable.

Q: What’s your connection to ALS?

A: I first heard of ALS when a close friend of my family was diagnosed with it at a very young age. He was considered a rare case, one of those "one in a million"... this event pushed me to research about the disease and become informed.

Q: What led you to become a writer?

A: Since I was seven years old I began journaling. My mother gifted me my first journal to document my story, to write about what I saw in the world around me, how it made me feel and how I envisioned my life to be... mostly to write about my dreams and how I will turn them into reality.

Q: How has art/writing helped you to express yourself?

A: Writing has been a big part of my healing journey. It has allowed me to connect with others through my words and has given me the courage to speak out. I've found that my stories inspire other women and young women in the pursuit of their dreams and in overcoming obstacles.

Q: How has your background influenced your work as a writer?

A: My cultural background has allowed me to connect with others within my Latino culture as well as other cultures... a lot of my writing focuses on legacy and the importance of telling our stories: as a woman of color, a Latina, a single Mother, an entrepreneur, a dreamer and a doer.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers or teenagers who are interested in the field?

A: The best advice I can give aspiring writers is to READ because writers read. The more you read the more you would be inspired to write, you will also learn about the craft, why and how writers tell stories in a specific manner, how they develop their characters. Read all type of books, don't limit yourself. I would also add to write every day even if it is only a sentence.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: To never limit myself and my dreams, that everything I set my mind to do I can achieve, but I must do the work. Dreaming is not enough.

Q: How do you think writing can impact the world?

A: Writing is a powerful tool of storytelling that connects us with others by creating and documenting stories that transcend time and space. We write stories about our families, ancestors, traditions... writing allows us to discover and rediscover history. Personally, I believe that writing gives power to your voice.

Q: What do you wish you could have known when you were a teenager?

A: How powerful it is to believe in yourself.

Q: What’s the most inspiring/unique project you’ve done?

A: My first project, Canvas of Words, a showcase I created back in 2013 that unites poetry and visual arts. It is a collaborative event between established writers/poets and up and coming writers/poets. This event was the beginning of my career as a writer, curator, and producer. It began as a dream, an idea I had that turned into a beautiful and inspiring reality.

Q: Any interesting stories from a project?

A: The first show of Canvas of Words lasted 6 hours and the audience did not leave – they stayed for the entire show!

Q: Any other fun facts you want to share?

A: I love to go for a run before I have to write a piece and I wear my headphones but I don't play any music. I like to get lost in my thoughts and that is when the best writing happens for me!

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