On BronxNet: The Future of the Bronx

The legendary Rhina Valentín hosted me on BronxNet’s OPEN last Friday, where we discussed the history of the arts in the Bronx and what we should prepare for as the rest of the city eyes our borough, which has been designated as the location of the “next arts scene”. All of this will be discussed this Wednesday evening at the Bronx Library Center (6:00-8:00pm), where Latino Rebels founder Julio Ricardo Varela (former Bronxite) will host myself, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, interim director of En Foco Bill Aguado, and actress Liza Colón-Zayas for Live From El Bronx: a discussion about the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx and in NYC. This conversation will explore our history, the context(s) of the newly-coined “piano district,” and other topics relating to gentrification and the arts.

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San Juan Noir Anthology Launches Amidst Puerto Rican Debt Crisis


San Juan Noir is an unprecedented volume of contemporary Puerto Rican fiction, edited by renowned author and creator of Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra, Mayra Santos-Febres. She’ll be attending this special New York City launch, alongside anthology contributors Charlie Vázquez, Wilfredo Burgos Matos and Manuel Meléndez—as part of Festival de la Palabra. This will take place at the Loisaida Center on Friday, October 28th at 7:00p.m. Publisher Akashic Books will be on-hand to sell both Spanish-language and English-language copies of this breakthrough volume of Puerto Rican crime fiction, which features writers from the island and the diaspora. Come celebrate history…

Loisaida Center is located at 710 E 9th Street, NY, NY, 10009. Info: http://loisaida.org/


“Puerto Rico is often portrayed as sandy beaches, casinos, luxury hotels, relaxation, and never-ending pleasure,” Santos-Febres says. “But the financial downturn of 2008 hit us hard and as in many crises, art, music, and literature have also flourished. We have responded to our crisis with many stories to tell. And, especially in these times, many of those stories are noir.”


The fifteen stories compiled in San Juan Noir have been published in both Spanish and English editions. Other contributing authors include: Ernesto Quiñonez, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, José Rabelo, Luis Negrón, Ana María Fuster Lavín, Janette Becerra, Manolo Núñez Negrón, Tere Dávila, Edmaris Carazo and Alejandro Álvarez Nieves.

To order copies go to: http://www.akashicbooks.com/