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Page Meets Stage: The Crossover
February 27, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
CANTOMUNDO & URBAN WORD NYC in partnership with EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO present: WILLIE PERDOMO meets LESLIE MOREAUX
Willie Perdomo is the author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Milton Kessler Poetry Award, winner of the International Latino Book Award, and a nominee for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award; Smoking Lovely, winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and Where A Nickel Costs a Dime, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award He is a Pushcart nominee, a three-time New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and 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.
Leslie Moreaux, a 17 year old Dominicana, is a spoken word artist native to the South Bronx. She has participated in Poet-Linc, a program affiliated with Lincoln Center Education centered around developing teens’ writing and performance through spoken word and is now a member of the Youth Board at Urban Word NYC. Winning 4th place in the Bronx Annual Slam and performing at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe for Urban Word’s semi-final slam, and competing to be Youth Poet Laureate of New York, she plans to pursue poetry throughout her last year of high school and college.
PAGE MEETS STAGE: THE CROSSOVER is a quarterly collaborative event with Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Kundiman, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW). Fellows and writers from these prestigious organizations are paired with emerging teen poets from Urban Word NYC and will engage in dynamic reading and conversations about their works. Resulting in the creative and professional growth of young writers of color, providing a pipeline to professional networks and artistic communities. The aim of this program is to expose and connect fellows and writers with teen poets, and to give them opportunities to mentor and work with grassroot community organizations.