The diversity of Latinx racial experience defies easy categorization. European colonization produced a hemisphere riddled with caste, vexed by color, and afflicted by an adoration of whiteness. Imperialism, diasporas, and borders only complicate; overlaying power structure over power structure, erasing and muddling convoluted. This panel will explore the poetics that might best communicate the nuanced reality of our raza cósmica, and to try to re-imagine the Americas through poetry.
This is a free write workshop that I will be facilitating Wednesday December 5, 6 and 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This workshop is sponsored by CantoMundo, Frontline Arts, MobilePrint Power, La Morada. Additional support from Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and School of General Studies’ Office of Student Life. Free and Open to the Public.
Acclaimed poets Joseph Fasano, Yesenia Montilla, and Andres Cerpa read their poetry.
Self Care as Activism:: Activism as Art
How do we as women care for ourselves? How do we engage in acts of self-care & how do our ritualistic practices steep into our writing & service our art? As Audre Lorde stated: caring for myself...is an act of political warfare. The idea of self-care as self-preservation is so powerful, how can it not become a part of how we protect ourselves? In this workshop, we will look at the poems of Aracelis Girmay, June Jordan, Patricia Smith, Vanessa Angelica, Elizabeth Acevedo & others. We will engage imagery, imagination & all our senses to create art that can be a roadmap or an answer to these vital questions:
How do we care for our bodies?
How do we make magic?
How do we daydream & how does dreaming allow us to create a better world for ourselves?
The objective is to write our way to a better future and actualize self-love on the page.
Salvage by Cynthia Dewi Oka is a gorgeous new addition to the literary cannon. Join me in celebrating her remarkable book and her great gift. This is sponsored by Glitter Pomegranate and Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Reading at Split This Rock Festival 2018 - Washington D.C. with Mahogany Browne, Cynthia Oka, Seema Reza and Yesenia Montilla
Join Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Vanessa Chica, Sydney Valerio, Yubelky Rodriguez and myself at the Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor during AWP - TAMPA
We are asking for a $20 donation for this event. All proceeds will go to a grassroots organization supporting 1) artists 2) sustainable living (food, environment).
"Poetry has been one of the best forms of resistance I've known, even if, on some nights, it will not serve. As we move from relief to recovery, please come out and support." - Willie Perdomo