Clapback Season with Melania Luisa Marte’s “Mela”

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Its Clap back season and ” Mela” is here for it My mother calls me ‘mal habla’. Her Spanish tells me what I feel doesn’t have the right words. That I say the wrong things. A monster inside my mouth, that I speak in a crude tongue. Tells me I don’t know how to be [….]

Book Review: El Alto

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This Mixtape is a Time Capsule: a book review of Francis Mateo’s El Alto Francis Mateo’s El Alto is a mixtape of sorts, juxtaposing poetry, vignettes, photography, short stories and dialogues in Spanish, English and Spanglish. Call it prose or freeverse, Mateo’s second book captures the ever-changing neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood in New [….]

Lanzamiento de Antología Multicultural

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LA COMUNIDAD POÉTICA RD LANZA ANTOLOGIA MULTICULTURAL DE ESCRITORES EMERGENTES La Comunidad Poética  ha puesto en circulación su libro: Antología Multicultural de Escritores Emergentes, generación XXI. quienes han compilado escritos de 31 escritores emergentes dominicanos y de otros países de habla hispana. Esto con la finalidad de para dar a conocer su talento la antología [….]

How to Leave Home

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How to Leave Home Pretend the section 8 apartment your mother fought to put over your head is no longer enough. You grown, you gotta go. Fill the apartment you’ll always call home to the brim with memories that threaten. Like the scrapping of innocence, the belt whippings, the fist fights with your sister, the [….]

Little Dominican Republic

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Little Dominican Republic Elected officials, community leaders and activist designated Washington Heights as “Little Dominican Republic.” They took a lot of photos.  “WaHI” Anytime I describe or explain Washington Heights and Inwood, I’m pretending I know what I’m talking about. On the surface this is what Washington Heights and Inwood looks like: Some businesses are [….]

You are probably a Crackhead

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You are probably a Crackhead “Are you a crackhead?”If you are presently in the dating pool or are a serial-monogamist, you might be a crackhead. Before I explain, let’s consider the first lines of these classic novels. “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a [….]

Fernandito y La Verguenza

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Fernandito y la Verguenza 1. Lo Sagrado y La Vergüenza 2. La canción «Compañera» de Fernandito Villalona siempre me ha encantado por lo obvio; la voz del Mayimbe, la composición y las letras. La voz y la composición funcionan como el sol alumbrando las palabras. Y las palabras, bajo la luz, se oyen claramente haciendo sombras [….]

Thank You Letter To Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

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Dear Prisca, For the past few days, restlessness has overcome me and I now know that it is time for me to start spilling; I can no longer balance this hurt in my body. Your writing has helped me shift into a phase of healing that brought a certainty that I would be back. I [….]

Liberatory Afro-Latinidad: a Q and A experiment

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a lot more time than usual to think and rant away. One of the conversations that I keep having with my closest friends, many of whom happen to Afro-Latinx, goes something like this: Me: You ready?! Friends: We ready!! Me: For black liberation, land ownership, collective farming and [….]