Writers produced collaborative and solo poetry
that was printed on vinyl posters and
resulted in a traveling poetry gallery walk
to be shared in spaces throughout the Bronx and beyond.
This project is supported, in part, by public funds from
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
in partnership with the City Council,
the Bronx Council on the Arts and
Robleswrites Productions Inc.
Is a Nuyorican poet and cultural worker born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in the South Bronx. His work is anthologized in The BreakBeat Poets, Volume 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Books, 2020), Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea (great weather for MEDIA, 2019), and in the 2019 “The Performance of Breath” edition of The Acentos Review (edited by Peggy Robles-Alvarado and Lupe Méndez). His debut collection Receta was released April 2022 from Great weather for media publishing.Pagán Morales is a founding member of the Títere Poets, a collective of LatinX poets challenging the boundaries of vulnerability. In addition, he is a two Pushcart Prize nominee and co-founder of KafréconLeche a video podcast where friends dig deeper into what makes a poet tick as well as LaEsquina open mic, a series in service to the Latinx poetry community from coast to coast.He has featured at: Capicu Culture, Medicina for Pesadillas, La Palabra Musical, La Tertulia Boricua, the Loisaida Center, ComCast: Hispanic Heritage Month: Nuestra Cultura Escrita, LaCasita at Lincoln Center and the Nuyorican Poets cafe to name a few. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.
Is a veteran high school English teacher. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, including Random Sample Review, 433, Raising Mothers, Anti-Heroin Chic, La Libreta, and ISLE, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. Carla was a participant in Robleswrites Productions’ More Than Just project in 2019-2020. Her five books of poetry, Gnat Feathers and Butterfly Wings, Thirty Dollars and a Bowl of Soup, Honeysuckle Me, These Pearls Are Real, and Stardust and Skin are available via iiPublishing. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York.
Is a Boricua woman born on the Island of Manhattan in deep love with Taino Culture and history. She is the creator and founder of "The Taino Awards" and the director, creator and founder of (F.A.S.T.) "Female Alternative Street Tactics" and "Secure Your Child"- two programs created to empower women and children through urban awareness and self defense. She is also a Multi- Martial Arts "Hall of Fame" honoree and a high ranking martial Artist titled a “Kaiden” in “Miyama Ryu Combat Ju-Jutsu ''- the highest rank awarded in this system. Shihan Candy Warixi is a kidney donor who loves people, honors our differences, and respects nature, elders, and children. She is a spiritual being having a human experience.
Is a poet, producer and visual artist from the Bronx, NY and Manhattan’s Upper West Side, who now resides in Illinois. He is the author of poetry collections “Where I’m From,” “Growing Up Rican,” “Hip Hop Made,” “The Outlaw of Poetry,” and “Ibayé Padrino.”He is the NY Taino Awards 2017 "Areito Poet of the Year.” His written works have been published in the anthologies, "Bad Cop / Good Cop (Flowersong Press), “What They Leave Behind” (The Ice Colony), “Me No Hablo With Acento" edited by Emanuel Xavier, "The Bandana Republic" (Soft Skull Press)edited by Luis Reyes Rivera & Def Poetry Jam co-founder Bruce George, and the August 2019 “Acentos Review: Performance of Breath” edition edited by Lupe Mendez & Peggy Robles-Alvarado. El is the founder of Urban Beat Poet Society and co-founder of ELKAT productions, whose mission is to create platforms for writers and artists through workshops, performances, music productions and publications. El currently hosts a monthly video series “Choppin’ It Up with El Davíd” where he interviews talented Poets, Writers, and Artists. Find him at email@example.com, IG: eldavidek TT: eldavid630 FB: David Rodriguez.
Is a free spirited, Oaxacan born and LA raised aspiring writer and poet. You can find her writing in local coffee shops in her hometown of Los Angeles or rolling around on the sand at the beach in San Juan, painting sunsets, and working on her first collection of poems. She is a California State University Northridge alumni and as a DREAMer, her work focuses on issues of identity and culture. Her upcoming projects include writing a coming-of-age story and birthing stories of power and representation for her teenage brother. She believes in creating space for creativity, flowing and blooming to capture snippets of time and document life. Alicia writes para los bilingües que zapatean su lengua en Inglés y Español. Her writing is inspired by love and powered by strong cafecito.
Is a Poet and Writer. She has been awarded a Willow Arts Alliance Residency with history concentration in the Weeksville African American Cultural Arts Center. She has been awarded Fellowships from VONA, Dream Yard and the Watering Hole. Publications include but not limited to: The Black Lives Have Always Mattered Anthology edited by Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, & The Muse Anthology. Raising Mother’s, Mom Egg, Poeming Pigeon,Cave Canem Digital, Gathering Round, Peregrine Journal, About Place Journal, Acentos Review, Emotive Fruition, Stone Coast Review and elsewhere.
Is a retired educator whose poetry tells a story of love and resilience in our times of challenge, struggle, and transformation. norm's first chapbook, Get Home Safe, Poems for Crossing the Community Grid, was published in 2016. Nomadic Press published his second chapbook, Black Calculus, released February 2021, and launched an audiobook by the same title, Black Calculus. moving from 'left' coast to 'right' coast is a return to my Bronx roots. writing poetry during this transition and through the isolation of the pandemic has shifted my focus from ‘the heat of the moment’ to exploration of 'inner-verses', finding ‘other’ voices, singing ‘other’ songs.
Is a poet, professor, publisher, performer and activist from Newark, NJ. He teaches Creative Writing at his alma mater of Bloomfield College, where he publishes several cultural and social justice-forward literary magazines. Paul has performed at or had work featured by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Greene Space, the Dodge Poetry Festival and the DREAM Act's voices portal. He has taught workshops for the Nuyorican and 'Writing from the Margins' literary conference. His first book of poems, 'Disappearing Boy' was published by Three Mile Harbor Press in March, 2020. His work centers identity and social justice and blends pop culture with advocacy for various causes such as mental health, body dysmorphia, and sexual assault survivorship.
Eclectic artist and poet Tamara G. Saliva a native New Yorker by way of Brooklyn and now The Bronx. She is a self-published author, self-taught artist and the president of Simple Treasures Gifts and Things. Tamara uses a variety of material and imagination to release creative energy. She has been published in the anthology Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement and The Muse and has performed her poetry on various stages throughout the tri-state area. Her deeply personal first book of poetry titled Blue Vein Pages published in 2013 can be found on Amazon.com. Find her at : www.tamaragsaliva.com
Is a New York based, Puerto Rican-Cuban poet, writer and playwright. Her work explores her Afro-Caribbean roots, culture and identity. She has featured at various NYC venues, is the co-writer of a three woman play titled, “Live Big Girl'' and has been published in various lit journals and anthologies, some of which include The Abuela Stories Project Anthology, The Acentos Review, La Libreta Online, The BX Files Anthology, and What They Leave Behind: A Latinx Anthology. For more info visit www.rllucretwriter.com.
Dr. Melinda González, a native of Newark, New Jersey with ancestral home in Moca, Puerto Rico, is an Afro-Indigenous poet, spoken word artist, storyteller, anthropologist, professor, and workshop facilitator of Puerto Rican descent. As a scholar-activist-poet, she has performed poetry internationally under the name La Poeta Guerrera. As a socio-cultural anthropologist, focused on environmental anthropology, Melinda’s work maps how disaster is differentially distributed across race, class, and gender, and she brings decolonial and indigenous research methods to environmental justice studies. She has facilitated creative writing and academic workshops as tools to resist colonial repression and to help poets, writers, and academics to maintain their authentic voice as they journey through their academic careers.
Is a bilingual poet and author of Hurricanes, Love Affairs, and Other Disasters (Nomadic Press 2021) which won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in 2022. Her other honors include: the San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Award (2021), and a Pushcart nomination (2020). Susana studied poetry at Naropa Institute’s Summer Poetics Program, UC Berkeley’s “Poetry for the People”, and Berkeley City College from which she holds a Certificate in Creative Writing. She is an alumna of the Macondo and Las Dos Brujas Writers Workshops and belongs to many writing communities. Susana recently retired from La Clínica de La Raza in Oakland where she worked as a Physician Assistant for over 40 years. She now focuses her time primarily on writing and can be found working on her next book of poetry in a park overlooking the San Francisco Bay, in her hometown of New York, or in San Juan, serenaded by the coquis.
Vanessa Chica Ferreira (she/her) is an NYC educator, poet, playwright, fat activist/co-editor, producer for RoblesWrites Inc., and founder of theWORDbox. She co-wrote and performed in a 3 woman play titled “Live Big Girl” which debuted at The National Black Theatre. Her work can be found in "The BX Files" Contemporary Poetry from the Bronx" Anthology, “The Abuela Stories Project” The Acentos Review and Great Weather For Media anthology.
For more info visit www.vanessachica.com
Dyani Medina-Robles is a Dominican, Honduran, and Puerto Rican student living in the Bronx. She enjoys listening to soul-trap music while she paints,colors,or makes bracelets. She aspires to become a doctor in the future. She is the granddaughter of a poet named Peggy Robles-Alvarado who encourages her to read and write. This is her first published poem written in collaboration with her Abuela for her mother named Shanice Robles.
Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Dominican and Puerto Rican Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and an Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner. She’s also a BRIO award winner (2014) with fellowships from CantoMundo, Desert Nights Rising Stars, The Frost Place, Home School, VONA, Nalac Leadership Institute, and Communitas America. With advanced degrees in education and an MFA in Performance Studies, this three-time International Latino Book Award winner authored Conversations With My Skin (2011), and Homage To The Warrior Women (2012). Through Robleswrites Productions Inc., she created Lalibreta.online (2021), and The Abuela Stories Project (2016). Her work’s been featured on HBO Habla Women, The Dodge Poetry Festival, Lincoln Center, and The Smithsonian Institute. Her poetry appears in Poets.org, Tribes.org, 92Y.org, and NACLA.org. Peggy's has also been published in several anthologies including The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext. For more please visit Robleswrites.com.
This project is supported, in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Bronx Council on the Arts