Monday, March 12, 2007

Community Calendar

Two Events Honoring Julia de Burgos in El Barrio

Friday, March 16
Official Street Naming Ceremony in Honor of Julia de Burgos (Julia de Burgos Boulevard)
11 a.m. - South East corner of 106th Street and Lexington Avenue

Born in 1914, de Burgos was one of the foremost poets to come out of Puerto Rico in the first half of the twentieth century. Modern critics have noted that her poetry anticipated the work of feminist writers and poets as well as that of other Hispanic authors. A resident of El Barrio, Julia de Burgos died here on July 6, 1953 at the age of 39, and she continues to represent the rich artistic and cultural contributions of Latinos in New York City. This ceremony also complements the newly installed mosaic portrait of the poet on the corner of 106th Street and Lexington Avenue by artist Manny Vega. The event is organized by NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and El Museo del Barrio, and co-sponsored by Hope Community and the East Harlem Preservation Organization. Admission: Free.

An Evening of Readings in Honor of Julia de Burgos
Friday, March 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Celebrate the work of Julia de Burgos at this special evening of readings at El Museo's Teatro Heckscher. Her poetry will be presented in Spanish and English by poets Carmen D. Lucca and Alma Villegas. Light refreshments will be served. Admission: Free. For advance registration, e-mail

source: El Museo del Barrio
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