April 16 – Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women

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Book Launch of Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women.
With this new Latino literary collection Erika M. Martínez has brought together twenty-four engaging narratives written by Dominican women and women of Dominican descent living in the United States. The first volume of its kind, Daring to Write’s insightful works offer readers a wide array of content that touches on a range of topics: migration, history, religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality. The result is a moving and imaginative critique of how these factors intersect and affect the daily lives of these Latina women.
The volume opens with a foreword by Julia Alvarez and includes short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, and personal essays and features work by established writers such as Angie Cruz and Nelly Rosario, alongside works by emerging writers. Narratives originally written in Spanish appear in English for the first time, translated by Achy Obejas. An important contribution to Latino/a studies, these writings will introduce readers to a new collection of rich literature.
A reading and book signing with the following contributors:
ERIKA M. MARTÍNEZ, (Editor) recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, holds an MFA in English and creative writing from Mills College. Her writing has been adapted for the stage and has been featured in the anthologies Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Homelands: Women’s Journeys across Race, Place, and Time, and Second Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. Her work has also appeared in Muthamagazine.com, Consequence magazine, and the Afro-Hispanic Review. She has taught creative writing in the Dominican Republic and is the editor of the annual Middle & High School Voices for the National Writing Project in New Hampshire.
KERSY CORPORAN has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a teenager. Her love of literature and writing led her to attend Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she earned her MA in English education. She has led workshops in teaching writing, culturally responsive teaching, and issues of social justice. Kersy especially enjoys helping teens tell their stories and currently teaches high school in northern New Jersey, where she resides with her husband and daughter.
CAROLINA GONZÁLEZ is a writer and teacher who has worked in academia, media, and the arts for the past two decades. As a journalist, she has covered education, immigration, politics, music, and Latino culture in various alternative and mainstream media outlets. The guidebook she coauthored with Seth Kugel, Nueva York: The Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs, was published in 2006. Currently she works in communications for the union 32BJ SEIU, continues to work independently on radio projects, and teaches at the Milano School for International Affairs at The New School. Her essay was written in 2007; Milena is now nine years old.
MIRIAM MEJÍA, a Dominican writer living in New York, studied statistics and sociology at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. She has published Crisálida (1997), De fantasmas interiores y otras complejidades (2004), Garabatos en púrpura (2007), Piel de agua (2008), Aristas ancestrales (2010), Mujeres en claves (2010), and . . . y la imagen se hizo verso (2012). She also coedited La palabra rebelada/revelada: El poder de contarnos (2011). Her work appears in the anthologies Di aroma di café (2006), Antología de cuentistas dominicanas (2007), Voces de la inmigración: Historias y testimonios de mujeres inmigrantes dominicanas (2007), and Para no cansarles con el cuento (2015).
SOFIA QUINTERO, a self-proclaimed Ivy League homegirl, is a writer, activist, speaker, and producer. Her first three novels, written under the pen name Black Artemis, are included in the Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Literature. Quintero also writes “chick lit,” erotica, and young adult fiction under her real name. She has been featured in the New York Post, El Diario/La Prensa, the New York Daily News, the New York Times, Latina, and Upscale. Kirkus called her latest novel, Show and Prove, “powerful and thought-provoking, an homage to a climactic hip-hop era.” To learn more about her and her various creative and political projects, visit www.sofiaquintero.com.
LEONOR SUAREZ was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Washington Heights in New York City at the age of eleven. She received her BA in Latin American literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she wrote her first novel, Lent Sacrifice. She is currently working on her second novel.


Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

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