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Vanessa Chica Ferreira is an NYC educator, writer, poet, playwright, fat activist, poetry editor for The Ice Colony, and founder of theWORDbox.  A featured poet at various events throughout New York City. She co-wrote and performed in a 3 woman play titled “Live Big Girl” which debuted at The National Black Theatre. Her work has been published in The BX Files, The Abuela Stories Project, The Acentos Review, and Great Weather For Media. Vanessa Chica believes there is strength in vulnerability and is getting stronger every day. For more info visit

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