Carmen Mojica is an Afro-Dominican woman born and raised in the Bronx. She is a poet, writer, workshop facilitator, model and birth doula. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz, with a bachelor’s degree in Black Studies and Television/Radio Productions. She has graced the stages of the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Bowery Poetry Café and The Brecht Forum with her poetry, and has presented at various colleges and universities such as SUNY Albany, Binghamton University, DePauw University, Northeastern University, and Ramapo College. Carmen is a founding sister of the Orisha Chapter of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a member of the Intangible Collective. Carmen runs a creative writing class after school at Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice while also helping students with their college essays. In October 2009, she completed and self-published her literary work called ‘Hija De Mi Madre’ (My Mother’s Daughter), which is a combination of memoirs, poems and research material that not only explain the effects of race on identity from an academic standpoint but also shares her life as a living example. Her writing has also been published in Spirit First, Maintenant 5: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, Fahari/Libertad, Awaken Consciousness, Equality 101 and The Period Project.
In 2011, she launched the multimedia project, These Waters Run Deep, which blends passion for life with words, visual arts, music and dance to celebrate the joy of creation, while uncovering and evaluating the sorrow and death in our communities. The heart of this project is to raise awareness on maternal and infant health for women of color, highlighting the disparities in the healthcare system in the United States. It is a 13 workshop-cycle that culminates with a gallery show and reception for the completion of the cycle and the signature of the project, 13 painted belly casts. Carmen is working on her first collection of poetry in Spanish, a novel and various collaborative projects.