April showers brings poeta power! It’s National Poetry Month and this month we will be featuring Dr. Yolanda Nieves. She will be reading from her book The Spoken Body and as always we’ll do a little Q&A with Yolanda about her book. Let’s celebrate National Poetry month together so remember to tell your comadres to swing by.
Monday, April 18th @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!
Tell us who your favorite poet is or what poem makes you melt?
Yolanda Nieves is a one of Chicago’s most prominent second generation Puerto Rican playwrights. Born and raised in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, Yolanda Nieves is a poet, playwright, director, educator, actress, and creative director of The Vida Bella Ensemble. Featured on Vocalo, WGN TV News, and NPR, Yolanda is the winner of the highly regarded American Educational Research Association’s 2010 Arts-Based Dissertation of the Year Award for the performance-text, The Brown Girls’ Chronicles: Puerto Rican Women & Resilience. The Brown Girls’ Chronicles has been performed coast-to-coast, and continues to receive interest and be an influential tool for disturbing political and historical consciousness for audiences in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2010, Yolanda’s second play, Bless Me, Madrina!, also a performance –text, played to sold-out audiences at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts. Based on research, the play emanated the dreams and desires that Latinas think about, but don’t necessarily act upon. She is currently involved in Teatro Luna’s PlayLab series and will have her play La Matadora/Steel Flags produced by Chicago’s Landmark Project in the Fall of 2011.
Her first love, however, is poetry. As a poet, Yolanda has two books of poetry to her credit: Dove over Clouds (2008), and The Spoken Body (2010) both published by Plainview Press. She writes poetry that promises to stay with you long after you’ve put down the book. Yolanda holds a doctorate of education from National-Louis University, a master’s of reading from Northeastern Illinois University, a master’s in Organizational Development from Loyola University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in English and Education.
Dr. Nieves believes in the power of performance and poetry as tool for liberatory education. She is committed to using the oral tradition on stage as a way to create consciousness of who we are as women, as a community, and as a people. She writes not to conform to theater, but to disturb the status quo and to democratize spaces where Others have been marginalized.
Remember tell us who your favorite poet is or what poem makes you melt?
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