Angelique Imani Rodriguez is a Bronx born and bred Boricua with an affinity for literacy since childhood. Known for what she calls her “Bronx card,” her addiction to coffee, and her obsession with owls and Wonder Woman, Angelique was the first Hostos Community College alum to be accepted into the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program in 40 years, from which she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Multi-Ethnic Literature and Multi-Ethnic Women and Gender Studies.
Though this blog existed years ago with a completely different look and vibe, Angelique is using this new blog to exercise her writing muscle, one that has been neglected in favor of academia since 2009. There are projects from the past that no longer define Angelique Imani, so she refrains from listing them. There are projects in the works, but for now she’ll keep those jotted in her journal until there’s a sense of fruition to them.
What came after the degree? Angelique attended the 2014, 2015, and 2017 Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) writing workshops where she worked with Elmaz Abinader and Kiese Laymon, participated in the 9-month long Writing from the Womb workshop with Alicia Anabel Santos, became a two-time student of Vanessa Martir’s Writing Our Lives and created the Boricongo Book Gang, a burgeoning online book club that focuses on works written by writers of color. Some of her work, including some pieces from this very blog have been published in www.sweatpantsandcoffee.com, as well as the May 2016 issue of the James Franco Review.