2023 Dominican Republic

Elisha Fernandez is a 20-year-old Latina currently living in Provo, Utah. She is a best-selling author and illustrator, international public speaker, and award-winning editor. Elisha is passionate about using her art, stories, and ideas to empower, uplift, and motivate teens and young adults. As a self-taught artist, she uses a variety of mediums, including acrylic, embroidery and needlework, and digital. Elisha draws her artistic inspiration from her experiences as a young woman navigating the complexities of life, including heritage and race, mental illness and disabilities, and interpersonal relationships. Her family is from the Dominican Republic, and Elisha is proud of her roots. Elisha graduated in 2023 from Brigham Young University with a degree in Editing and Publishing and minors in Communications and Linguistics. Elisha has published and contributed to multiple books, including her most recent book, an illustrated poetry anthology called "What's Wrong With Me?" Connect with her and find out more about her current literary and artistic projects by following her @artistaelisha on Instagram.

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