Mariposa María Teresa Fernández is an award-winning Afro Puerto Rican poet, spoken word performance artist, visual artist, educator, activist, scholar and Bronx native. Join her and fellow Nuyorican Poet, Urayoan Noel, as they discuss Fernández’ poetry and the themes of identity, belonging, decolonization, social justice, blackness and the Puerto Rican experience in Nueva York.
Mariposa Fernández, a.k.a. María Teresa “Mariposa” Fernández is a fierce Afro/Black Puerto Rican poet & writer of the Nuyorican school, Letras Boricua Mellon Fellow, performance artist, visual artist, educator, activist & community historian. A proud New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx, Mariposa’s poetry has been featured on HBO, BET & PBS. Mariposa has performed throughout the United States & abroad. Author of Born Bronxeña: Poems on Identity, Love & Survival, her work has also been published in Lift Every Voice: 250 Years of African American Poetry, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, The Afro Latin@ Reader: History & Culture in the United States, Def Poetry Jam’s Bumrush the Page, Breaking Ground: Puerto Rican Women Writers in NYC 1980 – 2012 and Manteca: Anthology of AfroLatin@ Poets. Mariposa is a graduate of New York University where she received a BA in Gender & Sexuality Studies, and a Masters in Teaching and Learning/Bilingual Special Education. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Africana Studies Department and the Women Studies Program at Lehman College, and is also a faculty member of the Black Studies Program at CCNY, CUNY. For Mariposa, home base remains the Bronx, with frequent travel to Puerto Rico where she maintains strong ties. She is a member of the Bronx Wide Coalition as a delegate for The Point CDC.
Urayoán Noel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Transversal (University of Arizona Press), which was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and named a Book of the Year by the New York Public Library. He has also published the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press), winner of the LASA Latino Studies Book Prize and an MLA Honorable Mention. As a translator of Latin American poetry, Noel has been a finalist for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award. His international performances include Poesiefestival Berlin, Barcelona Poesia, and the Toronto Biennial of Art, and his work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and published in the New York Times. Originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Noel lives in the Bronx and teaches at New York University as well as at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.
Centro Director, Yarimar Bonilla and Author Sherina Feliciano-Santos on October 7, 2021, discussing her latest book A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity: Language, Social Practice and Identity within Puerto Rican Taino Activism. We will explore the encounters and motivations of Boricua/ TaÃno activists and the debates surrounding them in the Puerto Rican and Caribbean diaspora in NYC. … Continued
Join us as we close off the month of March with an Afternoon Tertulía on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022. Set in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Xavier Navarro Aquino’s unforgettable debut novel follows a remarkable group of survivors searching for hope on an island torn apart by both natural disaster and human violence. Velorio—meaning “wake”—is … Continued
Join us on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 at 6:30 PM EST for a Cafecito con… Christopher Sorrentino: Now Beacon, Now Sea. In this event, we will be in partnership with the Calandra Italian American Institute, to discuss Christopher Sorrentino’s memoir: Now Beacon, Now Sea. This memoir depicts the death of Christopher Sorrentino’s mother in 2017, marking the … Continued