Christiana Castillo is a Chicana/Latina educator, activist, urban gardener and writer. She holds an undergraduate degree from Wayne State University where she obtained an English major with a co-major in peace and conflict studies and resolution. She currently works as a Writer-In-Residence with the InsideOut Literary Arts Program, as Youth Coordinator and Case Manager with Alternatives For Girls, and as Director and co-founder of Peace Culture, a peace education program teaching youth about peace with themselves, others, and their communities. In 2018 she was the recipient of Pax Christi Michigan’s Young Peacemaker Award. She recently finished writing a bilingual children’s book (English, Spanish) titled A Town Called Hope, which focuses on community and environmental justice. She also finished writing a poetry chapbook, “Crushed Marigold,” this year. Her writing can be found in Riverwise Magazine and The Wayne Literary Review. In her free time she enjoys making collages, doodling and reading. She is currently a fellow at the Room Project in Detroit, MI.