2013, Events

December 7
w/ Eve Packer, Carl Watson, Sparrow, and others
Unnameable Bookstore
Prospect Heights

 December 5
desveladas: a fotonovela
w/ Nelly Rosario (above, R.) and Macarena Hernández (center)
Princeton University

December 1
Local Author Day
La Casa Azul Bookstore
El Barrio

November 18
Palabras entre mundos
Hispanic Heritage Month
Paquita Suarez’s Spanish class
Borough of Manhattan Community College

November 3
Bloom
w/ Ernesto Quinoñez and Christopher Bram
Hudson View Gardens
Washington Heights

October 19
Poets on Enigma(s)
w/ Rosebud Ben-Oni (above L.), Bakar Wilson (2nd from L.), and Joanna Sit (R.)
Enigma Bookstore
Astoria

September 8
Poetry Book Party Fundraiser
w/ Ron Kolm, Barbara Purcell, and others
A Gathering of the Tribes
Loisaida

September 6
First Fridays Bushwick
w/ David Pemberton, Stella Padnos-Shea, and Bakar Wilson
Studio 26 Gallery

July 24
Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas (above) orphanage visit
San Pedro Sula
Honduras

July 12
Latin Alternative Music Conference reading
w/ La Bruja, Bocafloja, Latasha Diggs, Peace Poets, and Mariposa
La Casa Azul Bookstore
El Barrio

 
July 5
First Fridays Bushwick
w/ Stella Padnos-Shea (above L.) and Denise
Studio 26 Gallery

June 22
Writing from the Heart of the Americas
Outloud/Uptown
w/ W.B. Garvey and Alan Sidransky
Holy Trinity Church
Inwood

June 17
NoMAA grantee reading
w/ Peggy Ann Tartt, Ellen Hagan, John Paul Infante,
Danielle Lazarin, and Sergio Reyes
X Caffe
Washington Heights

 
June 1
Reading and signing
w/ Anne Champion (above R.)
BookWoman
Austin, TX

 
 
May 31
Nueva York meets San Antonio
w/ Laurie Ann Guerrero (above L.), Jason Rocha (above R.),
and Jessica Gonzales (below R.)
The Twig Book Shop
San Antonio, TX

May 18
Coney Island Oasis
w/ Audrey Dimola & others
Reigelmann Boardwalk

March 15
Lost and Found in Translation
CCNY MFA/MA reading
w/ David Unger
Bar 82
East Village

January 1
Black Blizzard
The Alternative New Year’s Day
Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza
w/ so many people
Dixon Place
LES

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Articles, Media

Thank you to Conrad Wells, sleepy poet in the cubicle in front of me, for tagging me for this. Also shout to Kamilah Aisha Moon who tagged me as my birthweek began but I was lost in my stars not paying attention to a thing.


What is the working title of the book?

It has been a fully employed title for at least a year now. one-bedroom solo. All lowercase, yup.


Where did the idea come from for the book?

From all the poetry workshops I took and all the poems and lines in my journals and on my computer and on post-its and napkins and backs of envelopes, and the poems I wrote when I was little and lines I doodled during class or downtime from a job and most of all, from my father who loved words so much and passed away not too long ago and me finally getting the idea that time is ridiculous and quicker than all of us and it is time to put words out in the world.

The book was somewhat organized into sections, music and language, home and pop culture, some kind of spirituality, city and identity, and there were titles to some of these like “Skeptical Mystic” and “Restless Native” but all these themes were overlapping and just worked better to me looser, boundaries and tones shifting.


What genre does your book fall under?

Poesía


What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

America Ferrara a.k.a. Ugly Betty cuz she is a fine actress who also happens to be Honduran and adorable, and me (see one-bedroom solo: the movie in this here media section) who is not as cuddly but have my moments.

Other actors, hmmm. My mama could be played by Judi Dench cuz I was watching Exotic Marigold Hotel the other day and there was a resemblance. I would have to have open auditions for the cast of friends. I would want a Dave Chappelle/Rita Indiana/Wanda Sykes type for my friends.


What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

“I sat at water’s edge and smoked a vowel / the way my ancients used to write a star”
– “Water Way” pg. 76

also

“do I have a tilde / for a moustache” – “you Spanish?” pg. 5


How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I’ll say three to four years cuz that could be but secretly it might have been ten.


Who or what inspired you to write this book?

All of the writers and artists who are my friends, real and imaginary, all of whom I want to talk back to and stay in conversation with for as long as I can. I named as many of the real people as possible in the acknowledgments of the book to which one reader responded, “People of color and their long-ass acknowledgments.”

Here I will name my imaginary artist friends who I pretend to talk to across time and space, Roberto Bolaño, Björk, Nicanor Parra, William Carlos Williams, Pedro Pietri, Langston Hughes, Claribel Alegría, A Tribe Called Quest, Octavia Butler, Ursula K. LeGuin. I will stop at ten for now.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It is really soft to the touch. Like my skin.


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It is published by a little press, Fly by Night, part of A Gathering of the Tribes, all still there on the border of the East Village and Lower East Side, holding on for dear life.


My tagged writers (and one filmmaker) for next Wednesday are:

Christina Olivares

Erika Jo Brown

B.J. Love

Nelly Rosario

Christopher Carmona

John Keene

Ndlela Nkobi

2012, Events

December 1

First Saturdays
Parachute: The Coney Island Performance Festival
w/ Amanda Deutch, Mark Weiss and
The Believe Project
Brooklyn Museum

November 14
Hispanic Heritage month
Ivelisse Rodriguez’s English class reading
Borough of Manhattan Community College

November 13
Dang It I’m Thirsty Reading and Music Series
w/ David Pemberton, Anthony Calypso and others
DBA
Williamsburg

November 12
Elaine Equi’s Creative Writing class reading
The City College of New York

October 15
The louderArts Project
Union Square

October 13
Parachute: The Coney Island Performance Festival
w/ Amanda Deutsch, Martin Espada, Tina Chang and Latasha Diggs
New York Aquarium
Coney Homeland

October 9
Pepatian 30th Anniversary Fundraiser
w/ La Bruja, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Jane Gabriels and others
Bruckner Bar & Grill
Mott Haven

  
September 29
Lunada Literary Lounge
w/ Paul S. Flores
Galería de la Raza
San Francisco, CA

September 7
La Casa Azul Bookstore

August 29
Charlie Parker Festival
w/ Steve Dalachinsky, Papoleto Melendez, Tsaurah Litsky and others
A Gathering of the Tribes

August 26
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
w/ Gregory Porter, Jon Sands and others
Tompkins Square Park
East Village

August 4
Boog City Poetry and Music Festival
9th Annual Small, Small Press Fair
w/ Uche Nduka, Carl Watson and others
Unnameable Books
Prospect Heights


July 27
w/ Ix Dzib (an alias), Jane Gabriels (top center), Vero Dalo (top seated), Jordi Rosen (below seated L.),
and Jennifer Spiegel (below seated R.)
Le Cagibi
Montreal, Canada

July 3
Faculty Reading
Summer Writer’s Workshop for High School Students
Sarah Lawrence College

June 15
Vision Fest
w/ Latasha Diggs and Edwin Torres
Chinatown

June 10
9Cubed and MayDayAtDingDong Present
w/ Bakar Wilson, Stella Padnos-Shea, and David Aglow
Word Up
Washington Heights

   

June 3
Bushwick Open Studios
w/ David Pemberton (above L.), David Aglow (above R.), Stella Padnos-Shea (below L.), and Bakar Wilson (below R.)
Studio 26

June 1
Howl! Festival
w/ David Henderson, Paolo Javier, Kristin Prevallet and many others
Tompkins Square Park
East Village

May 6
Sunday Best Reading Series
w/ Jane LeCroy and Joel Allegretti
Hudson View Gardens
Washington Heights

 
April 28
Latin House Poetry Fest
w/ (above L. to R.) Emanuel Xavier, Edwin Torres, and Nancy Mercado
Barron Arts Center
Woodbridge, NJ


April 21
Speak Up! Between Beyond Stage Page
w/ Christina Olivares (1st row L.), Rodrigo Toscano (2nd row L.),
Lydia Cortés (1st row center) and Kutisa Booker (1st row L.) for Louis Reyes Rivera
Museo del Barrio

March 25
w/ the poetry crew of many names,
Bakar Wilson, Stella Padnos-Shea, David Pemberton, and David Aglow
Verlaine
Lower East Side

March 23
UPNFM Tegucigalpa reading
and workshop
Honduras

March 22
Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán San Pedro Sula and Criticarte symposium at CCS
Honduras

March 21
Metronova bookstore and
Canal TVH interview “Mucho con Misha”
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 20
Instituto San Vicente de Paúl and
Academia Americana
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 19
Centro Cultural Sampedrano (high school and Access program) and
Campus TV interview, Universidad de San Pedro Sula
Honduras

March 8
City of Poets
w/ Monica Hand
Essex City College
Newark, NJ

March 3
w/ Jess Grippo, Sarah Kipp, Leanne Schmidt and Company and sleepdance
Studio A.I.R.
Williamsburg

 
February 16
w/ Nicole Callihan (above L.) and Matthew Burgess (above R.)
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Midtown