writing is my live, reading will make you live
Because she sees herself in the complexity of an artist, Cláudia refrains from defining herself as singular. She is Angolan and was born in Luanda in 1993. Is a Special Education undergrad and has been writing from early age. Today, she takes steady and compensating steps marking presence nationally (Angolan) and internationally. Having explored, for a long time, a variety of genres, Cláudia Cassoma debuted in the literary world in 2013 with the publication of a poetry collection titled "Amores que nunca vivi" under the seal of the North American publishing house "Trafford Publishing." Currently she has four literary works and they're catalogued in the United States Library of Congress.
In her literary repertoire, in addition to the number of publications aforementioned, Cláudia has others published in international periodicals, including: The Red Jacket (U.S.A., 2014), The Sligo Journal (U.S.A., 2015), Best "New" African Poets (Cameroon, 2015-16), Antologia de Textos Premiados da AVL (Brazil, 2017), The Wagon Magazine (India, 2017), Teixeira de Pascoaes Vol.III - Pensamento e Missão (Portugal, 2017), Concurso Literário de Itaporanga (Brazil, 2017) and The Best Emerging Poets Series (U.S.A., 2018). She has proved to be a magnet of awards and decorations by earning literary prizes such as Maria José Maldonado de Literatura (Brazil, 2016), Artistic Contest Teixeira de Pascoaes (Portugal, 2017) and The 6th Literary Contest of Itaporanga (Brazil, 2017). Due to her work in the field of leadership, while in college, Cláudia was nominated by colleagues and faculty members for the Emerging Leader Award.
The woman and person in Cláudia Cassoma relentlessly broadens her interests in social services earning her a number of U.S. certificates and medals including two Citizen Diplomat Certificates awarded by the University of the District of Columbia. This inspired her to found SmallPrints: a non-profit organization focused on actively participate in the creation of a fair and responsible society for the success of every child. Upholding her leadership certifications, at the university, she used her passion for headwraps to organize and lead events based on the principles of women's empowerment established by the United Nations.
At the beginning of 2018, Cláudia participated in a historians' training offered by the D.C. Oral History Collaborative, with the collaboration of Humanities DC and the DC Public Libraries and, as a participant, acquired both certification and skills to practice oral history effectively. In the same year, she participated at the celebrations of the Portuguese Language and Culture Day held at the Brazilian embassy in Washington DC. As panelist she talked about the "Women's Voices in Literature of the Portuguese language". In the same year, participated in the album antes da monção, second album by the Portuguese music group, SENZA, writing the poem "ÉDEN" which became the song "RISHIKESH".
Although literature is in the core of her artistic identity, Cláudia's talent and potential encompasses her great passion for children, for community engagement, activism and other artistic expressions.
Auspiciously, Claudia follows paths that range from the art of graphic representation of language to those that bring the world closer to its metamorphosis.