Potent Poets / Righteous Writers: New Words for a New Year

This is the year! Performances, acceptances, recipient of writing scholarships, fellowships and residencies. I am returning from the most delicious trip in Costa Rica, to a wonderful invitation to share new work with these incredible writers!

Join us tonight for a beautiful reading and libations!



Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria

2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10033

Join visiting writer Donnelle McGee (author of Ghost Man and Naked), and NYC writers Yoseli Castillo, Alicia Anabel Santos and Charles Rice-Gonzalez for soul-stirring evening of new words for a new year. Free Refreshments.

Bios (alphabetical order)
Yoseli Castillo Fuertes is a bilingual-dominican-latina-lesbian poet-activist-teacher-aunt who was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to the United States when 16. Her poetry book is De eso sí se habla/Of That, I Speak. Her poems and short stories have appeared in various anthologies in New York, Madrid, Argentina and Santo Domingo. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Spanish Literature.

Donnelle McGee is the author of the poetry Collection Naked (Unbound Content, 2015) and the novels Shine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012) and Ghost Man (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). He earned his MFA from Goddard College. He is a faculty member at Mission College in Santa Clara, California.

Charles Rice-González’ debut novel, Chulito (Magnus, 2011), received awards and recognitions from American Library Association and the National Book Critics Circle. He co-edited From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture, 2011) and his award-winning play I Just Love Andy Gibb will be published in Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology (Duke Press 2016). He’s the co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and is a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College – CUNY. Charles was born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx and serves as the chair of the board for The Bronx Council on the Arts and NALAC – The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

Alicia Anabel Santos is an author, writing coach, playwright, director and producer. She is the author of the memoir Finding Your Force: A Journey Toward Love and the Writer/Producer for Afrolatinos: The Untaught Story. She is a proud New York-born Dominicana who is passionate about writing works that empower and inspire women to find their voices. She is the Founder and CEO of the New York City Latina Writers Group, with over 500 members. Currently, she is completing a historical fiction novel entitled For the Love of Parsley.

See you soon!




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