2021 Create Change Fellow
The Bronx | Poetry, Collaborative Art
Ayling Zulema Dominguez (she/they/ella/elle) is a first-generation Chicana-Dominicana from Bronx, New York, with roots in many places. As a poet and creative in an abolitionist mindset, her work has long been the stuff of forging community; of affirming belonging as the first step toward liberation; of imagining new, better, and more radically loving worlds. Knowing that a sense of belonging is counterfactual and ephemeral if we do not work to liberate others, her writing and creative work do not only celebrate joyful resistance, but also push her readers to actively oppose systems of oppression. Select poems of hers have been published in Moko Magazine, La Galería Magazine, The Protest Review, The Mujerista, 433 Magazine, Latino Rebels, The Bronx Free Press, and Alegria Magazine’s Latinx Poetry Anthology.
What is the role of art and culture for the future of the city?
“Art is to the city what sun is to the land and its plants; a source of both affirming energy and inspiration. Engaging in art-making helps us better know our selves, and that is the first step to better knowing each other, to nurturing a love-based culture. Art’s purpose is to help us imagine better, new, and more radically loving collective futures and worlds. A culture that is abundant in art is abundant in all forms.”