Join us for an evening celebrating and preserving lesbian stories. In honor of the lesbian women of color writers and artists who have come before us and those creating beautiful work today. A night where we Intersect activism, art, hip-hop, poetry, prose, theatre and lesbian love.
The Lesbian Love Storytellers confirmed are: Meriam Rodriguez, Julisa Flio, Janis Astor del Valle, Skye Cabrera, Dinapiera Di Donato, Gabby Rivera, Alicia Anabel Santos & Yoseli Castillo Fuertes.
Thursday, March 24 at 7:00PM / Free
2474 Westchester Ave. Bronx, NY
Meet the feature artists:
JANIS ASTOR DEL VALLE is a Bronx-born Puerto Rican who uses her plays and films to promote discourse and understanding of LGBTQ issues and cultural diversity. She serves as an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase, and resides in New Haven, CT, with her wife and their cat. (www.janisastor.com)
SKYE CABRERA has been writing and sharing the human experience since very young. From journals to MySpace to stage in 2009 when she first started performing and bringing life to the words on the page. She’s featured her work at venues such as Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, City College of NY and on Madonna`s digital gallery, ArtForFreedom.com in 2013. Her self publishing published book,”Music for Caterpillars” is available on Amazon.com and just this year, Pomegranate Gallery Press published her most recent book of poetry and prose,”Meet me at the Cube.” Her work confronts subjects such as fear, love, depression, identity, and the queer experience. In 2016, her aim is to incorporate her love of words into the realm of song writing and theater.
Born in New York City, MERIAM RODRIGUEZ is an activist, writer, poet, performer, humanitarian and self-proclaimed revolutionary. She has been a member of The NYC Latina Writer’s Group since 2010. Rodriguez has performed at State and City Colleges throughout the country with Latino Flavored Productions in the plays Jose Can Speak and Pink: The Chronicles of BC Jenny. She was a co-writer, co-producer and one of five performers in the highly successful production of Soledad Speaks: A Spoken Word Journey in October 2013, for Latino Heritage Month. She was also part of the workshop production of I Was Born; a one woman play written by Alicia Anabel Santos. Rodriguez is the author of the independently published book “Adelina’s Perfect Girl”; a rare story of young, raw, gut-wrenching, blinding love. This coming-of-age novel takes place on the gritty streets of New York City at the dawn of the 21st century. She is working on edits for “When She Was My King;” the follow-up to her début novel, and on the blueprint for her third work titled, “Chocolate Saved My Life.”
JULISA FLIO is a proud Mexican, military veteran, storyteller and poet, born in Houston Texas. She currently lives and writes in New York City and is proud to be affiliated with the New York City Latina Writers Group. Her study of the craft of writing includes taking Elana Bell’s Workshop and ultimately, studying with, Alicia Anabel Santos, in the acclaimed “Writing from the Womb Workshop”, where she found her voice. The stories she writes about are in multiple genres and display women of color and their struggles and triumphs in life.
GABBY RIVERA is a writer, youth mentor, and editor of QTPOC content for Autostraddle.com. Her short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies and journals such as Aster(ix) , and the the Lambda-Award-winning Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City, OMG I’m Gay, a ‘zine for queer youth, and The Best of Panic! En Vivo from the East Village. Gabby is the Youth Programs Manager at GLSEN. She has worked as a film and multi-media teaching artist for social justice organizations, such as DreamYard Project, Inc.. She’s been a featured panelist and counselor at the annual Autostraddle’s Queer Women’s Conference and has presented at the Allied Media and Digital Media and Learning Conferences. Gabby published her first novel, Juliet Takes a Breath in January.
DINAPIERA DI DONATO was born in Venezuela. Since 1999, she has lived in Texas and New York where she taught Spanish and French Languages. She earned a B.A., an M.A and a DEA in Langues, Littératures et Civilisations Des Pays D’expression Espagnole from the Université de Paris VIII in France. She also attended The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at The Graduate Center (CUNY). She is the author of some books that received many literary awards in Venezuela. In 2012 she won the Octavio Paz Poetry Prize, the award that recognizes a previously unpublished poetry book written in Spanish by a poet residing in the U.S. Her work also appears in many anthologies and magazines such as “Las arpías de la calle Cabrini”: Out Latina Lesbians. Sinister Wisdom 97. A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal. (Berkeley, CA: Sinister Wisdom, Inc. Edit: Nívea Castro with Geny Cabral, 2015). “The age of innocence”: Two shores. Voices in lesbian narrative. (Barcelona: Grup E.L.L.Es. Translation into English: Lawrence Schimel. Ed. And presentation: Minerva Salado, 2008), “El soliloquio”: Voces para Lilith. Literatura contemporánea de temática lésbica en Sudamérica (Perú: Estruendomudo, Comp. Melissa Ghezzi y Claudia Salazar, 2011). In 2011 she obtained a grant from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Center for completing a collection of short stories about a queer woman writer character.