Phylisha Villanueva

category: Literary,

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Artist Statement

Travel light.

Using writing as a form of self-care. The next time it might make all the difference. Adversity is inevitable, but so are blessings, so I write to survive the moments and celebrate my wins.

I began as a slam poet, writing spoken word to compete in poetry slams. My work during that time was very political. Soon after, I got booked for featured performances while simultaneously running an open mic in Yonkers and participating in monthly ekphrastic writing workshops. Gradually my poetry began to reflect my community, its needs, the people and their identity, and the role I play. 

Lately, my writing has become more memoir, even my poetry, captured in my poetic memoir “Pretty Girl Special.” My work is transformational, innovative, and forward-thinking. I’m committed to telling the stories of brave, bold, bright women, girls, and mothers.

Educational Background

2021 AA Communication, CUNY Brough of Manhattan Community college

2024 BA Creative writing, SUNY Empire State College

Teaching Artist Experience

2021 Poet-in-Residence, Yonkers Arts