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Rich Villar is a writer originally from Paterson, New Jersey. He directs Acentos, an organization fostering audiences and community around Latino/a literature. He has been quoted on Latino literature and culture by both The New York Times and the Daily News, and his poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Renaissance Noire, Hanging Loose, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Amistad, Latino Poetry Review, and the acclaimed chapbook series Achiote Seeds. His first collection, Comprehending Forever, is forthcoming in 2014 from Willow Books/Aquarius Press.
Jani Rose (Rosado) is a Puerto Rican poet, performer and activist from the Bronx. She is an Acentos Fellow, founding member of Sangre Viva Art Alliance and a member of the leadership of the Acentos Writers' Workshops located at Hostos Community College. She is the mother of 4 amazing boys, loves chocolate covered almonds, roses and dragonflies.
This Monday night, we will talk to Rich Villar about literature. From what inspired one of the greatest institutions for Latino literature in NYC to why Literature is being attacked and Ethnic Sudies programs are being erased from curriculums.
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Rich Villar is a writer originally from Paterson, New Jersey. He directs Acentos, an organization fostering audiences and community around Latino/a literature.
You can read more about Rich at http://www.pw.org/content/rich_villar
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Bonafide Rojas (10/08/77) is the author of "When The City Sleeps" (Grand Concourse Press, 2012) & "Pelo Bueno: A Day In The Life Of A Nuyorican Poet" (Dark Souls Press, 2004). The 2002 Slam This! Champion and has been on two National Poetry Slam teams, NYC/Union Square 2002 & Wicker Park 2003.
He has appeared in Russell Simmon's "Def Poetry Jam" Season 4 and has been published in the anthologies: "Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam" (Three Rivers Press, 2002), the poetry documentary "Spitting Ink", "RoleCall": A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press, 2002), "Learn Then Burn" (Write Bloody, 2010), The Centro Journal, The Hostos Review, The Acentos Review, Columbia's Roots & Culture, The Calabash Journal, & Palabras.
He has performed nationally at venues & colleges: Lincoln Center, Museum of The American Indian, El Museo Del Barrio, Voz Alta, Pregones Theatre, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, M.A.C.L.A, The Point, The Guild Complex, Amherst College, UMass-Amerst, Hampshire College, Syracuse, SUNY Binghamton, UC San Luis Obispo, UIC-Chicago, NYU & Columbia University.
Join Gina Marselle as she talks to Bonafide Rojas The interview begins at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 6 p.m., Central Standard Time, 5 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, and 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Bonafide Rojas (10/08/77) is a poet and musician, the author of "Pelo Bueno: A Day In The Life Of A Nuyorican Poet" (Dark Souls Press, 2004). The 2002 Slam This! Champion and has been on two National Poetry Slam teams, NYC/Union Square 2002 & Wicker Park 2003. He has appeared in Def Poetry Jam IV and is on the roster of teaching artist at Urban Word NYC. He has been published in the anthologies: "Bum Rush the Page: a Def Poetry Jam" (Three Rivers Press, 2002), RoleCall: "A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art" (Third World Press, 2002), "Learn Then Burn" (Write Bloody Press 2010), The Centro Journal, The Hostos Review, The Acentos Review, Calabash & Palabras.
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Poet R AC H E L M C K I B B E N S is an ex-punk rock chola with five children. Known for her astonishingly visceral stage presence and devotion to craft, McKibbens has become one of the most respected poets in the spoken word community. She is the 2009 Women of the World poetry slam champion, is an eight-time National Poetry Slam team member, a three-time NPS finalist, and a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and Pushcart nominee. For four years, she co-curated the award-winning louderARTS Project reading series in New York City, coaching their poetry slam team to three consecutive National Poetry Slam final stages. She teaches poetry and creative writing throughout the country, from housing projects and needle exchanges to high schools, hospitals and universities. McKibbens was a mentor for Urban Word NYC, teaching poetry at Bellevue Hospital through The Healing Arts Program, targeting at-risk youth. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Acentos Review, The November 3rd Club, Frigg Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, Melusine, Wicked Alice,
World Literature Today, Bowery Women: Poems, and So Luminous, the Wildflowers. She co-wrote the play-in-verse Eight Chamber Hunger Orchestra which premiered at the Bowery Poetry Club in Spring of 2007 to a capacity crowd. She has shared stages with Nikki Giovanni, Kanye West, Billy Collins, Martin Espada, Ellyn Maybe, Eve Ensler and
Nick Flynn. She was featured in the slam documentary, Slam Planet
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