I’ve had the fortune of befriending and working with many dazzling writers from Puerto Rico and the diaspora since joining Festival de la Palabra in 2011, the brainchild of world-renowned author, professor and literary activist Mayra Santos-Febres. This yearly celebration of Puerto Rican literature and voices opened up a whole new world for me as a writer […]Read more "Akashic Books to Publish San Juan Noir in October!"
Puerto Rican Author Eleanor Parker Sapia’s Feminist Historical Breakthrough, A Decent Woman, and the Future of #BoricuaLit by Charlie Vázquez As the New York City coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra, I have the unique fortune of working with authors and poets from both sides of the bilingual Puerto Rican diaspora. […]Read more "Puerto Rican Author Eleanor Parker Sapia’s Feminist Historical Breakthrough, A Decent Woman, and the Future of #BoricuaLit"
Hello everybody! Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written here, but that’s just because I’m writing everywhere else these days… Such as? I’ve had a story accepted for the upcoming San Juan Noir, by Akashic Books! Wuhú! And I’ve finished novel número tres and have some important folks reading it for final draft feedback…but more […]Read more "Erotica and Noir Short Story Workshops at La Casa Azul Bookstore!"
I’d just returned to New York from a trip to Puerto Rico in 2011, when my mother recounted a family tale to me that her paternal grandfather had told her many times when she was little, one that even I had heard throughout the years. (Photo by Bella Vida Letty.) I’d invented characters and worlds over the […]Read more "Documenting Our Oral Traditions Before They’re Gone"
Salón Literario Libroamérica, a not-for-profit organization that promotes reading and literary arts in Puerto Rico and the United States, announced the celebration of its third annual edition of Festival de La Palabra (Written Word Festival) in New York. The event will run from October 23rd thorough 26th, 2014, at El Museo del Barrio and the New York Public Library. Events will include […]Read more "Festival de la Palabra Returns to NYC!"
Hello family and friends: I’ve had the fortune of working with many writers across different genres and of varying skill levels over the years. And I’ve discovered that the mystery of storytelling, the art of writing itself, is something that not only mystifies those of us who dabble in this special brand of pleasant madness, but […]Read more "Writing the Detective – The Emotional “Drop”!"
Hello friends and family… It began with a surreal email message that arrived a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t know what to think. With so many people doing wonderful things out there, so many others more deserving than myself. But sometimes we need to kick our self doubt out of the way and accept what is […]Read more "On Being Honored by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer for 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month…"