Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Raquel Penzo, managed to thrive within a strict and sheltered Dominican household and levied a sedentary childhood into a love affair with the written word and imaginary worlds. Armed with a library card and a working television, there wasn’t a book she wouldn’t read or a television show she wouldn’t watch. Penzo has since turned her passion into a semi-lucrative career as a writer and editor, producing content for entertainment magazines and websites, non-profit organizations and professional and scientific trade papers.

In between writing assignments, Penzo, who worked on her MFA at the low-residency creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, spends her days raising two daughters in her beloved Brooklyn, watching every film available to watch instantly on Netflix and comparing and contrasting the deliciousness of her local Mexican and Thai take-out spots. Penzo also maintains another blog—The Jaded NYer—and organizes literary readings and writing workshops throughout New York City. Her literary icons include Julia Alvarez and Stephen King. Yes, THAT Stephen King.

Penzo’s dream day includes a Mets World Series win, a John Cusack mini-movie-marathon, all-night soca fetes with friends and writing the perfect story. She is currently on hiatus from writing and hosting literary events.