Amaris Castillo is an award-winning journalist, writer, and the creator of Bodega Stories, a series featuring real stories from the corner store. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Dominican parents, she credits the many tales she heard growing up to her love of storytelling.

Amaris has reported for The New York Times, The Sun (in Lowell, Massachusetts), the Bradenton Herald, Remezcla, Latina Magazine, Parents Latina Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2018 she was named New England Journalism’s Newsroom Rising Star by the New England Society of News Editors.

When she isn’t reporting for her job, Amaris is piecing together fiction stories. Her writing has appeared in La Galería Magazine, Aster(ix) Journal, Spanglish Voces, PALABRITAS, Dominican Moms Be Like… (part of the Dominican Writers Association’s #DWACuenticos chapbook series), and most recently in Quislaona: A Dominican Fantasy Anthology and Sana, Sana: Latinx Pain and Radical Visions for Healing and Justice.

Amaris’ short story “El Don” was a prize finalist for the 2022 Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writers’ Prize by the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival, and her short story “The Moon and the Sun” was longlisted for the same prize in 2021.

Amaris is the lead book reviewer for the Dominican Writers Association and a contributor to Latinx in Publishing’s blog. She has received mentorships from the Periplus Collective, Las Musas, Kweli Journal, and Latinx in Publishing, and in 2023 received a Walter Dean Myers Grant from We Need Diverse Books.

Amaris earned her B.A. in journalism from the University of South Florida and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is currently a research/writing assistant for the NPR Public Editor’s Office and contributes to Poynter.org. She lives in Florida with her family.