In 2017, I co-founded Fuente Collective with Patricia Coral, Tayyba Maya Kanwal, and Julia Rios, some of my dearest writer, editor, and community-builder friends. We built FuenteCo out of a desire to create the kind of organization and community for writers and other artists we felt the literary scene was sorely lacking. Through FuenteCo, we're excited to offer a diverse program of writing retreats, readings and open mics, and other creative events that focus less on how-to instruction and more on encouraging people to explore, experiment, and collaborate, to come together as a community to generate new ideas and creative work. We want to connect people—whether they think of themselves as writers and artists or not—to their creativity in unusual and exciting ways, help them let go of self-censorship, and break them out of the ruts they’re stuck in. You can learn more about FuenteCo and our upcoming events here.