First Wednesdays @ Downtown Bronx Cafe
149th St. & Walton Ave., BX
Wednesday, July 6th, 7:30pm
Lourdes Vazquez + open mic
special guest host Oscar Bermeo
Lourdes VÃ¡zquez is one of Puerto Rico’s most prominent writers. She is winner of the International Juan Rulfo Short Story Award, 2002 (France). Among her latest books are: Bestiary: Selected Poems 1986-1997 (Tempe: Bilingual Review Press, 2004), Salmos del cuerpo ardiente (MÃ©xico: Chihuahua Arde, 2004), La estatuilla (Cultural, 2004), May the transvestites of my islandâ€¦(Belladona Press, 2004) Park Slope (Duration Press, 2003) Hablar sobre Julia (SALALM, 2002), and forthcoming Sin ti no soy yo her first novel (Puerto). In 1988 the Omar Rayo Museum of Colombia published La Rosa mecÃ¡nica in their plaquette series of women poets of Latin America and in 1991, a new edition of La Rosa mecÃ¡nica was published by HuracÃ¡n (San Juan). Her book of poems Las Hembras (Papeles del AndalicÃ¡n, Chile, 1987) was listed by the Puerto Rican critics as one of the ten best books of the year.
Her short stories, essays and poetry had been widely published. Among the latest: Site (Sweden), Kaledoiscope (Canada), Turnrow, Callabash, The Gathering of the Tribes, How2, Poetry Project (USA), Autana (P.R.), Jornal do PoesÃa (Brazil), Revista Casa Las AmÃ©ricas (Cuba), Periplo (MÃ©xico), Cuadernos del MatemÃ¡tico and Salinas (Spain). Her work is part of various anthologies. Among the latest: Memoria del VII Encuentro Internacional de Poetas en Ciudad JuÃ¡rez (MÃ©xico, 2004); Nueva poesÃa hispanoamericana. (Lima: Lord Byron Ediciones, 2004); Mujeres como islas: antologÃa de narradoras cubanas, dominicanas y puertorriqueÃ±as (Cuba: UniÃ³n, 2002); ConversaciÃ³n entre escritoras del Caribe hispano. (NY: Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2000); Libertad condicional. (MÃ©xico: LuciÃ©rnaga, 2000); Caribbean Creolization: Reflections on the Cultural Dynamics of Language, Literature and Identity (Florida University and West Indies University, 1998) and Winds of Change: Women Writers from the Caribbean (Peter Lang, 1998).
Downtown Bronx Bar & Cafe (718 585 5255) is located at 141 E. 149th St @ Walton Ave. Take the #2, 4 or 5 to Grand Concourse, walk one block west on 149th St.
First Wednesdays is part of the Bronx Cultural Trolley Program.
For more information, or to make a reservation for the trolley, call BCA at 718 931 9500, ext. 33 or call The Bronx Writers’ Center at 718 409 1265