Featuring Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Elisabet Velasquez with Victoria Alicea DelValle.
Part of the 2018 First ever Latinx Poetry Reading and Workshop Series at Harvard University.
Carmen Bardeguez-Brown work was showcased in the documentary, Latino Poets in the United States. She has been invited to read at The Nuyorican Poets Café, The Fez, Mad Alex Foundation, The Soho Arts Festival, Long wood Gallery, The Kitchen, La Casa Azul, New Year’s Alternative Poetry Marathon at Dixon Place, The Boricua College Poetry Series, Caribbean Theater, Word Festival 2013 and many other venues in the tri-state area. She is the author of two poetry books: Straight from the Drums: Al Ritmo del Tambor could be and Dreaming Rhythms Despertando Silencios. Her third book of poetry: Meditation on Love, Dance and Loss will be published late this year.
Elisabet Velasquez is a Puerto Rican writer, mother, from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including NBC, Huffington Post, Muzzle, Latina and Vibe Magazine. She is a VONA alum a 2017 Poets House Fellow and the author of the chapbook PTSD.
Opening for the event on Thursday is Boston native, Victoria Alicea DelValle! DelValle is a 17- year old Puerto Rican poet, artist, and B-girl born and raised in South End’s Villa Victoria. She has participated in Louder Than A Bomb, a huge youth poetry slam festival, for the past three years placing third place with her team the first year and second just last year. She received MassLEAP’s Phyllis Wheatley Award, for challenging injustice with work that reflects on the social and political history of the place she is from. She has been a part of the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción’s Slam Team and currently slams with The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Performing Arts Crew.
The Inagural Latinx Poetry Reading and workshop series in the Spring of 2018 was organized by Melissa Castillo-Garsow to promote a diversity of voices at Harvard, celebrate Latinx voices in poetry, and foster poetic connections with the greater Boston area. This event is sponsored by the Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities, Observatorio Cervantes, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights; the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.