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

Parachute Festival @ New York Aquarium 10.13.12

2012, Events

First reading in Coney Island, Coney homeland, for the Parachute Festival. A thrill before the jellyfish and the folks who made the trek in the chill and the dark through a desolate New York Aquarium, into the Alien Stingers exhibit, warm, watery, glowing, its own bioluminescence. Read with NY native writers fluid and varied as the jellies, Tina Chang, Latasha Diggs, Martín Espada, and Charles Denson. The impeccable Kay Sera introduced us. Big pisces thanks to Amanda Deutch for making magic happen (and for the close-up at the podium).

UPNFM Tegucigalpa 3.23.12

2012, Events

Last full day in Honduras. A whirlwind. Deliriously amazing. Early flight to the capital, Tegucigalpa. A morning talk for students at UPNFM there. An afternoon workshop for writing tutors. Thank you to Carmen Urcuyo of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa. And thank you to Prof. Gloria Ulloa (standing under the mural) and her kind, energetic, brilliant students. Below, poems by two of them. Click on their names for video:

Luis Jancarlos Montoya

My Self-portrait

I’m 20.
I’m 5’6’’ but I don’t look too tall.
I’m overweight but I don’t look too chubby.
I have thick, black hair I never comb.
My eyes are average brown
And my skin is like caramel.
My smile is happy and carefree
But my eyes are sad and sober.
My youth is my treasure.

My Secret Self-portrait

I could fool anyone at first sight.
I look like the prey but in fact, I’m the hunter.
My hunger is only noticeable at night, in the dim light, shining in my dark eyes.
My ambition knows no limits
But my fear is the thought of not having enough time
To do what I want.
I look for love but sometimes, I just lay and wait for it to find me.
Sometimes I go to bed thinking: “Hmm, under that rock, I should’ve checked twice.”
But in the morning, I forget.
I love the sun and the heat, I feel like a tourist in my own lands.
I take life with my already full hands.

Yolany Lagos

My Self-portrait

I wear glasses
Hey! I just can’t see
I am short and chubby
just like a little girl
I now have red, short hair
It has changed since I was 13
My lips look like a little heart
They are always ready
to give a kiss full of love

My Secret Self-portrait

I am always surrounded by people
but loneliness is my best friend
I am afraid of disappointing her
I am afraid of losing myself
Many think I am bossy and mother-like
but I am fragile as a feather
and caring as a sister
Sometimes I just want to leave
go to a place far away and
start being who I really want to be

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UPNFM CUR SPS and Criticarte 3.22.12

2012, Events

4th day in Honduras, last day in San Pedro Sula. Powering up at Power Chicken, even the native fast food amazing, Honduran, Chinese, plátano, fried rice, yuca, horchata. During the day, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán Centro Universitario Regional – San Pedro Sula, a mouthful of cognates and proper nouns, my first university students, lively, talkative. In the evening, back to CCS for Criticarte, a colloquium where I got to answer most questions with poems. Met a whole set of young Honduran writers that night, including Gustavo Campos of Editorial Nagg y Nell and poet Murvin Andino Jiménez (who took the close-up shot). Had to figure out how to pack all the extra books in my luggage.

 

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Centro Cultural Sampedrano
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Metronova bookstore and Channel TVH 3.21.12

2012, Events

Honduras a.k.a. Guaymuras, day 3. The secret joy of these days is the breakfast buffet at Hotel Copantl. Cowboy breakfast in such a civilized cafe, really what I am all about. Today was the first bookstore visit, Metronova at Galerias Mall, where the book is now available. Happy to read with Jose Bográn, a local writer, and meet a few other book-minded folks. Also did an interview for a government TV station with a lovely lady, Misha, who happened to be from El Progreso, my parents’ hometown. Myriam Michelle of CCS joined us for the live show.

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San Vicente de Paúl and Academia Americana 3.20.12

2012, Events

Honduras, day 2. Full days. Beginning and ending with views from the sweet hotel, the Maya-themed Copantl. Visited the school my lovely host Myriam attended, San Vicente de Paúl, at the foot of a mountain,  a breezy dream on a tropical morning, and the school at which my Tía Digna was head administrator for almost 2 decades, Academia Americana. In between and throughout, real beauty in San Pedro Sula, the home city I’m seeing through new eyes. And on top of that, food, traditional, like grilled meat with fresh tortillas and beans at Chedrani’s, and totally new like sushi wrapped in plaintain at Sushi-Itto (cousin Lorena in the background). Apparently, besides the book reading and the school talking, I’m here to put it down at a meal.

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Centro Cultural Sampedrano 3.19.12

2012, Events

Honduras, 1st full day on a gig as U.S. cultural envoy, an unbelievable thing really. Pictures speaking because just don’t know what language to speak right now. Also music helps. Teaching thru karoake, not a bad way to go. Shout to Hotel Copantl, Centro Cultural Sampedrano, all their high school students including their Access program, everyone loud and polite, energetic and kind. Also glad for Joe Brainard, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Emily Dickinson, Alfonsina Storni, the ancient Maya, Chayanne, and most of all, Myriam Michelle Sanchez of CCS who really made this all happen and Hakhi Alakhun and The Lo Frequency for connecting me, walking thru this portal, showing me a way.

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