Show your solidarity and support with a benefit reading by #PoetsForPuertoRico to raise funds and continued awareness of the ongoing political and environmental devastation in Puerto Rico. This event will be co-hosted by Willie Perdomo and Noel Quiñones, two native Nuyoricans and will feature over 30 poets from Puerto Rico, the diaspora, and beyond.
5:30PM Doors Open
6:00PM Performances Begin
8:00PM-9:00PM Reception with a performance by Boom Bits
#POETSFORPUERTORICO will send all proceeds to Para la Naturaleza
Denice Frohman, Julian Randall, Cat Vélez, Paula Ramirez, Elisabet Velasquez, Felipe Luciano, Mariposa, Christina Olivares, Randall Horton, Mahogany Browne, Carina Del Valle Schorske, Flaco Navaja, Ricky Maldonado, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Myrna Nieves, Khalin Vasquez, José Olivarez, Marwa Helal, Nicole Sealey, Timothy DuWhite, Kaila Bulé, Vincent Toro, Melissa Castillo-Garsow, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Deborah Paredez, Rico Frederick, Ed Randolph, Jon Sands, María Fernanda Lara Chamorro, Crystal Valentine, and Natalie Diaz (her poem to be read by Willie Perdomo)
Willie Perdomo is the author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Poets), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Milton Kessler Poetry Award; winner of the International Latino Book Award, and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. He is also the author of Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax), winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Awards and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (Norton), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. Perdomo is a Pushcart nominee, two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and a former Woolrich Fellow in Creative Writing at Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices. He is currently a member of the VONA/Voices faculty and an English Instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy.
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. Currently, he tours the country.