Join us at Bowery Poetry for a night of Boricua wonderment - A book launch of Victor Hernández Cruz's "Beneath The Spanish" with a poetic dialogue between quintessential Nuyoriqueño poets Cruz and special guest Noel Quiñones, moderated by the man who brought Slam Poetry to New York, Bowery Bob Holman.
About the poets:
VICTOR HERNANDEZ CRUZ was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. He moved to New York City with his family when he was five years old, and started writing poetry early and at seventeen self-published his first book, Papo Got His Gun! And Other Poems, on a mimeograph machine. Since then, more than a dozen collections of his poems—among them Snaps (1969); By Lingual Wholes (1982); Red Beans (1991); Rhythm, Content, and Flavor: New and Selected Poems (1989); and The Mountain in the Sea (2006)—have been published by traditional publishing houses. He is a member of the Nuyorican movement of writers, and was one of the founders of the Before Columbus Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the recognition of multicultural writers. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
NOEL QUIÑONES is an AfroBoricua educator, writer, and performer born and raised in the Bronx. He has received fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo, and the Watering Hole, and his work is forthcoming or published in the Latin American Review, Kweli Journal & elsewhere. He has featured with The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and BronxNet Television as well as performed at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, La Casita, the Nuyorican Poets Café, and Jawdance - London. His performances have been showcased on Huffington Post, Vibe, Button Poetry, Medium & elsewhere. Most recently he was a member of the 2016 Bowery Poetry Club slam team, placing amongst the top twenty teams in the nation. He is the founder of Project X, a Bronx based arts organization providing the borough with bi-monthly open mics, workshops, community programming, and the Bronx's own Slam Series to produce its first all Latinx Slam Team.
About the moderator:
BOB HOLMAN is a central figure in the New York City spoken-word poetry community, founded the Bowery Poetry Club in 2002, served as slammaster at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe from 1988 to 1996, and coordinated the St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1977 to 1984. He is one of the founders of the Endangered Language Alliance in New York City. He also served as artistic director of the nonprofit Bowery Arts + Science. Founder of the spoken-word label Mouth Almighty/Mercury, Holman produced the PBS series The United States of Poetry and several audio recordings of his own work, including The Awesome Whatever (2007). Holman’s honors include the Elizabeth Kray Poetry Award from Poets House, the New York Public Library Minerva Award, Poets & Writers/Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the Before Columbus American Book Award, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s Legend Award, and a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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