Who’s Isha?

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Isha (4 years old) in all of her glory.

My name is Isabel Cristina. I am a 25 year old Afro-Dominicana who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the City College of New York. I am a lover of books and an aspiring writer, who writes stories inspired by the Dominican diaspora. Having emigrated from the Dominican Republic as a young girl, the process of immigration and my memories of the homeland often inspire my writing. I am a co-founder and the Executive Administrator of La Galeria Magazine. I am also a core sister of the Sister Circle Collective and a firm believer in creating safe spaces where women could come together, organize, share stories, and empower one another.

Growing up I was a loud and fearless girl that my family called Isha. I was empowered and opinionated. I was authentic. I don’t know when and why it happened but I began to change. I was no longer that girl who knew who she was and what she wanted. I became quiet and tried as much as possible to become invisible. This blog is my way of reclaiming that fearless and unapologetic Isha, and becoming the woman that she would be proud to become.

All images used in this blog are mine unless the caption states otherwise.

If you would like to get in contact with me you can email me at isabel@lagaleriamag.com