Finding Your Force A Journey to Love is a memoir written in the form of a love letter from a mother to a daughter. Santos is being called on an excavation to stop running and face those moments that have transformed her. This is a journey about life, death and rebirth. Alicia tells her daughter a story that is raw and heart wrenching. It is not a love story but definitely a story of love.
“I kept recalling moments in my own life where children would be playing having a good time and an adult enters the room frustrated, annoyed, pissed off at life, angry at the cards that are dealt them and then they turn and bring that poison home to take it out on
I am guilty of this. I may never have put my hands on you but I know that you have been the target of a lot of my aggression, unhappiness and frustration. You’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of my pain. My broken childhood and my history of abuse have never had anything to do with you. I’ve had moments when I’ve hated the world, hated people, hated bosses and come home and punished you when you were never to blame. ”
Read by: Alicia Anabel Santos
Iyawó, Alicia Anabel Santos is an Afrolatina Lesbian Storyteller, Speaker, Performance Artist, Producer, Playwright, and Activist. Her stories celebrate and honor women throughout Latin America. She is from Bushwick, Brooklyn and is a proud Dominican Writer. A major accomplishment is that she is the Founder of the New York City Latina Writers Group with over 600 women writers.
She has been a guest on NPR’s Tell Me More and has written for LATINA Magazine. In 2011 she published her memoir, Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love and her play I WAS BORN was selected as part of the ONE Festival in New York. She has worked for renowned magazines, yet it was an article published in Urban Latino Magazine, “Two Cultures Marching to One Drum,” which would change the direction of her life. In 2008, she joined Creador Pictures as Writer / Producer of its first documentary, AfroLatinos: An Untaught History. She attended New York University, has a daughter in graduate school and lives with her partner in the Bronx.
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