My name is Christiana Castillo, I am a student at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I am a senior who is major in English, co-majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and Resolution, and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. I have an obsession with sunflowers, two cats, love researching things and write poetry. I work with children in Hamtramck, MI as an after school program activity leader, intern for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and Resolution, volunteer regularly with Keep Growing Detroit, an urban farm in Downtown Detroit and work at Wayne State University as a part of their Development team and communications for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
With all the academic interests I have and things I engage in, it can be hard for me to find a balance of writing about things I am passionate about. In 2017, and many points of justice feeling corrupt, I think it is more important than ever to engage in productive and positive conversations with people throughout the world to create positive change. With specific interests in the arts, social justice, feminism, food and water security, and human security, I’m hoping to be able to share my thoughts and opinions on these topics effectively and engagingly. I am also hoping to be able to share bits of information that may interest them, and be able to direct them towards further information to expand their knowledge.
I am heavily influenced by the ideals and writings of Grace Lee Boggs, bell hooks, Anne Carson, Kathy Acker, and Audre Lorde. I hope to be able to write as passionately and profoundly as they do about such complex topics of the world. I also want to be able to find my own voice as a nonfiction writer, and constantly be able to sustain and evolve it.
I hope that you all stick around to read about what is going on in the world close to Detroit, MI and beyond through my perspective. With open communication, hopefully we will be able to step closer to acceptance being bold and vivid in our communities.