Public Poetry Workshop

Paying tribute to Mexican & Mexican American Women
10th annual Day of the Dead celebration on the Lower East Side

Mexican Food | Altar-Building Market | Public Art Workshops

Dia de Muertos NYC 2012

In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated over an entire week with the preparation of altars, foods, dance, music and special offerings for people who have died. Today, Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico and anywhere Mexicans live. For the past 10 years, Mano a Mano has recreated the magical space of a village churchyard and has organized a series of events including altar building, workshops, dance, poetry and music to preserve the essence of this indigenous ritual.

Join me in Mano a Mano’s tenth annual Day of the Dead celebration! I will be leading a public poetry workshop in English and Spanish. Students from Mano a Mano’s Naualt class will share their own poems. Full program available on the Mano a Mano website.

Public poetry workshop in Spanish, English and Nahuatl
St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery churchyard cemetery
Saturday, November 3rd

We will be honoring the following Mexican and Mexican American women: Coatlicue (Aztec earth godess), Coyolxauhqui (Aztec Goddess of the Moon), Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (poet), María Sabina (healer, curandera, and Shaman), María Felix (actress), Frida Kahlo (painter), Gloria Anzaldua (scholar), Rita Hayworth (actress), Lydia Mendoza (guitarist and singer), Adelitas (women of the Mexican revolution), Tonantzin (title for any Aztec female deity), Guadalupe (patron saint of Mexico), La Malinche aka Malinalli (interpreter during conquest), and Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez aka La Corregidora (insurgent and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence), and of course La Catrina (The Elegant Skull Lady), a 1910 etching by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, which has immortalized the celebration of Day of the Dead.

Come write a poem to honor your loved ones and in honor of Mexican women!

Portraits of Jackson Heights

Student Exhibition at Bronx River Art Center

Jackson Heights is known as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in NYC and in the nation. It is home to Bangladeshi, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Peruvian and Uruguayan communities just to name a few. The neighborhood also has a vibrant gay community which organizes an annual gay pride parade.

Despite our melting pot reputation, we are not an integrated community. Summertime parades are an opportunity to interact and recognize that diversity encompasses more than ethnicity. In these images, a dancer revels proudly in the 20th year anniversary pride parade and a vendor sells clothing along the commercial hub of 74th Street.