It’s been a long winter full of Artic winds, shovels and tons of snow in Chicago but it’s finally March! It’s time to shed your winter blahs and start planting seeds of creativity and cross-pollination. Our next Proyecto Latina will be featuring poet and writer Awilda Lyse Gonzalez She will be sharing short stories and poems of being a single mom and also some other pieces about identity and issues that effect women and our communities.
Kick off the first day of spring with the Proyecto Latina Reading Series!
Monday, March 21, 2011 @7pm
Proyecto Latina Reading Series
2500 South Christianna Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623
Street parking / #60 Blue Island Bus
Come and connect with Latinas in the arts and beyond.
Remember to get there early and sign up for the open mic and bring your chismes for the chisme box!
Awilda Gonzalez, is a Puerto Rican Poet and Writer, born in Chicago and raised in Chicago and Caguas, Puerto Rico. She holds a Bachelor in Human Development from North Park University. She first began writing as a teenager but it really wasn’t until 2004 after a series of life changing events, that she really began to take writing seriously. In 2005 she read two of her first poems, one at North Park University’s Poetry Night Events and the second at Batey Urbano’s Windy City Women Event. She has taught poetry workshops at Association House of Chicago and taught poetry class at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School in 2008. In 2008 she took a team of students from Campos and prepared them to compete at the 2009, Louder than a Bomb, Young Chicago Author’s Poetry Competition.
The team made it to semi-finals and was awarded the “Truth Award”. In 2010, she wrote her first all Spanish poem and performed it at various bomba performances in Chicago and Aurora. As a single mother of four she is very familiar with the struggles women face in parenting, being an individual and trying to balance it all and have her own identity. In the summer of 2010 she wrote her first article, which was published in Gozamos.com entitled “Single motherhood vs. Being a woman”.
Currently she is working on various projects from song writing for a Chicago Plena/Bomba Women’s group, developing her own writers’ blog documenting her thoughts and some of her struggles as a writer, as well as her continued development of poetry. In addition she will also begin working on a project close to her heart, sharing her story of being a single mother through short stories and poetry. Other than writing she has a vested interest in the preservation the Bomba Culture and is working with a group of women to continue her development as a percussionist and dancer. She is the co-founder of a project that will bring women together as a collective group of artist called “Elements of a Lady” and is excited to see various women develop their talents through the collective.
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