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November 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join Vanessa Pérez Rosario and poets Sandra Maria Esteves, Mariposa, Bonafide Rojas and Emanuel Xavier for an evening of conversation and readings honoring the life and work and Julia de Burgos. In Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon, Vanessa Pérez Rosario examines poet and political activist Julia de Burgos’s development as a writer, her experience of migration, and her legacy in New York City.  Moderated by author and filmmaker Raquel Cepeda.

“In this magisterial study Pérez Rosario brings to blazing life one of the most courageous and important Puerto Rican diasporic artists of the 20th century. An indispensable book that presents Julia de Burgos in her extraordinary plenitude.”– Junot Díaz

About Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon
Pérez Rosario situates Burgos as part of a transitional generation that helps to bridge the historical divide between Puerto Rican nationalist writers of the 1930s and the Nuyorican writers of the 1970s. Focusing on the poet’s contributions to New York Latino literary and visual culture, she moves beyond the tragedy-centered narratives of Burgos’s life to examine her place within a nuanced historical understanding of Puerto Rico’s peoples and culture. Pérez Rosario unravels the cultural and political dynamics at work when contemporary Latino writers and artists in New York revise, reinvent, and riff off of Julia de Burgos as they imagine new possibilities for themselves and their communities.

Vanessa Pérez Rosario is Associate Professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College—City University of New York. Her research and teaching interests include Transnational Feminism and Latino Cultural Studies. She is the author of Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and the editor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave 2010). She has received numerous fellowships including the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, an American Association of University Women fellowship and a library fellowship at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Her work has appeared in Centro Journal, Meridians, and Translation Review. She currently serves on the board of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project at the University of Houston. She is Interim co-Principal Investigator of the CUNY—New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals.

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November 12, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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