Saturday, February 04, 2006


Community Event

Boricua College Winter Poetry Series, Friday, February 17 @ 7:30 pm

Boricua College invites you to the second reading of its XVIII Winter Poetry Series, entitled "New Blood" featuring writers Angel Pont Navarro, Marina Ortiz, Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Bonafide Rojas and Maegean “la Mala” Ortiz.

The event will take place on Friday, February 17, 2006 at 7:30 PM in the Blue Room (third floor) of Boricua College at 186 North 6th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11211 (L train to Bedford Avenue, walk a block and a half). It will be in English and in Spanish.

It is free and includes an open reading, a reading by the guest writers and a dialogue with the writers. For more information, please call the director of the Poetry Series, Dr. Myrna Nieves, at (718) 782-2200 ext. 249. The writers in the February reading are:

Marina Ortiz is a poet and social/cultural activist. She has performed at the Bronx County Courthouse, Casa Atabex Aché, East Harlem/El Barrio Renaissance Center, The Knitting Factory, and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Ortiz co-founded poetry collectives “The Bread is Rising,” “Como Coco,” and “Sisters Underground.” Her poetry and news reviews have been published in Liberator, El Pitirre, The New York Planet. Her poetry has been aired over WBAI Radio and WHCR Radio. She was also associate producer and co-host of Pacífica-WBAI Radio's “Latino Jounal” and “Friday Talkback!” She is the founder and editor of and

Carmen Bardeguez-Brown is a poet and educator. Her work was showcased in the award winning documentary Latino Poets in the United States. She has read her work at The Nuyorican Poets Café, Mad Alex Foundation and The Soho Arts Festival. Her work has been performed by Felipe Luciano Poet's Choir and the Butch Morris Conduction Series. Her work has been published in magazines such as, Tribes, Long Shot, and in the anthology: Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Cafe.

Maegan Ortiz is a spoken word performer and journalist. Ortiz has performed at D’Antigua in Queens and the Latino Cultural Festival at Queens Theatre in the Park. Her writing has been published by The New York Daily News, Defunkt Magazine, and LOUDMouth. Ortiz, a single mother, maintains a blog: and is co-editor of a soon to be launched (October 12) blog for Latinos in the U.S., Vivir Latino (

Angel Pont Navarro is a poet and educator. He studied literature at the UPR (Mayagüez). He is a co-editor of the literary magazine Zurde , a member of Los Poetas del 223 and a co-organizer of the open jams at La Tertulia in San Juan. He has read at the Nuyorican Café (San Juan) and D'Antigua (NY). His work has been featured in Puerto Rico on the tv programs, “Cultura Viva,” “En la punta de la lengua”. He now works at Boricua College, and can be found in Brooklyn with a guitar, mixing poetry with “trova.”

Bonafide Rojas is a poet, musician, teacher, the author of the poetry book Pelo Bueno: A Day in the Life of a Nuyorican Poet (2004). He was The 2002 SLAM THIS! Champion, a member of the 2002 NYC/Union Square Slam team and the 2003 Wicker Park/Chicago Slam Team. In NY he has worked with Teachers and Writers, ASPIRA, the Louder Arts Collective. He has also worked with Youth Speaks (CA), The Guild Complex (IL), Young Chicago Authors (IL). His poems have been anthologized in, Bum Rush the Page: a Def Poetry Jam, RoleCall: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art and the CD’s Nuyorican Dreams, Yemayá y Ochún, New Skool Poetics.

XVIII Boricua College
Winter Poetry Series 2005-2006
Calendar of Events

February 17, New Blood*
Bonafide Rojas
Carmen Bardeguez
Angel Pont Navarro
Marina Ortiz
Magean Ortiz

March 10, Voices**
Alberto Martínez Márquez
José Acosta
Rita Indiana Hernández

April 28, literatura visionaria puertorriqueña**
Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá

*reading in English and Spanish
**reading in Spanish

This event is generously funded by Boricua College. This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. For more information, contact: Dr. Myrna Nieves at (718) 782-2200 ext. 249.
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