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. She has received fellowships from the International Center for Journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Society for Features Journalism, and the Journalism & Women Symposium. In 2018 Amaris was named New England Journalism’s Newsroom Rising Star by the New England Society of News Editors.
When she isn’t reporting on the media for her job, Amaris is piecing together fiction stories. Her writing has appeared in La Galería Magazine, Spanglish Voces, PALABRITAS, and Dominican Moms Be Like… (part of the Dominican Writers Association’s #DWACuenticos chapbook series). Her 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 in 2021. She has new work forthcoming in Quislaona: A Dominican Fantasy Anthology.
Amaris is a volunteer reader for Aster(ix) Journal and a book reviewer for the Dominican Writers Association, a literary arts organization whose mission is to highlight and promote the works of Dominican American authors. In 2021 she was fortunate to receive mentorship from award-winning author Natalia Sylvester as an inaugural Periplus Fellow. She is currently receiving mentorship from award-winning children’s book author Monica Brown through Las Musas, and from Arely Guzman through the Kweli Journal Sing the Truth! Mentorship Program.
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 lives in Florida with her family.