Corena Young-Dixon is an African-American writer, artist, mother and a dreamer. She believes in heroic journeys and overcoming. Her writing is at times an affirmation and other times a testimony that explores the emotional undercurrents of the lived life. Her writing highlights the complexities of family relationships, disfunction, mental illness, and the sacrifices and extents people will go for love. Her writing features determined black women, often mothers, both real and imagined, in worlds that resist their very existence. She is currently working on her first novel titled Standing in the Gap and is a Summer 2022 Fellow for the upcoming Wild Seeds Retreat for Writers of Color. She earned her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she was a Graduate Fellow and is a past recipient of a BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts for excellence in Playwriting. In addition to writing, she enjoys creating art to connect with her inner voice and calm her restless spirit. She is also a small business owner of Glitter Tattoo New York, founded 2012, and has worked with clients such as Nickelodeon, New Balance, Target and ABC Television/Disney. She is a practitioner of five simple steps for fulfillment and grateful living: ask, believe, receive, give thanks and be happy. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughter and mini-wiener dog Noble who is tiny in body but big in bark and heart. More of her writing can be found at www.CorenaWrites.com.