Hello, I’m Amy Shimshon-Santo.

I am a writer, educator, and urbanist who believes that the arts and culture are powerful tools for personal and social change.

What you won’t learn from my bio is that I’m a native Angeleno who has also lived in New York and three Latin America countries. I am a retired dancer and capoeirista.┬áMy children are artists who make music and multi-media storytelling. We have immediate family on three continents, and speak three languages.

I was raised by a feminist artist from the Middle East, and a labor lawyer from Newark. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In my case, that would be a lemon tree on my dad’s side, and a cactus fruit on my mom’s. For me, the arts and justice grow from the same earth.

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