BOOK READING EVENT | Breaking Ground Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012

You are invited! ¡Estás invitado(a)!  Literary event with 6 writers reading from: Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012/ Abriendo caminos: antología de escritoras puertorriqueñas en Nueva York 1980-2012   María Arrillaga Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa Magdalena Gómez María Mar Myrna Nieves Rhina Valentín Friday, June 14 at 6:30 PM at MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center 175 East 104 Street NY NY 10029 Reservations are required (free event). Link for reservations: RSVP LINK: For more information, go to: FB LINK: MNN WEBSITE: Make your reservations now! RSVP LINK:

LRDB | Book of the Month | March 2013

Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora By: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Marinieves Alba and Yvette Modestin is comprised of eleven essays and four poems in which Latina women of African descent share their stories. The collection is a fascinating look at the legacy of more than 400 years of African enslavement in the Americas. The authors are from all over Latin America-the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Brazil-and they write about issues such as colonialism, oppression and disenfranchisement. Join the authors in this discussion about complex identity of Latinas of African descent and the everyday challenges and […]

LRDB | Book of the Month | February 2013

The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation & DIE FREE by Cheryl Wills “Die Free is a compelling American story. As Cheryl Wills traces the life of her forefathers and foremothers, she traces a critical part of American history that puts in perspective where we have come from to get to where we are.” -Rev. Al Sharpton   “ is proud the Cheryl Wills used our comprehensive website to make such a fascinating discovery. Die Free is a perfect example of why we do what we do!” -Loretto “Lou” Dennis Szucs, V.P.,   “The stories are so deeply engaging […]

LRDB | Book of the Month | October 2012

          This anthology presents the wide spectrum of poetry, poetic prose and fiction produced from 1980-2012 by 46 Puerto Rican women writers in New York. Some write in English, others in Spanish and a few of them write in both languages. The book also includes biographies of the writers, documenting their activism and offering a glimpse at their role in the artistic, social, political and intellectual history of New York s communities.This splendid literary wealth creates a context for the appreciation of emerging works and the discussion of issues of literary criticism that can spring from […]

LRDB | Book of the Month | September 2012

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.  He received a B.A. in Communications from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College.  His debut novel, Chulito, was released in October 2011, and he co-edited, with Charlie Vázquez,From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fictionreleased in August 2011.  He is also an award-winning playwright and serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Art and Cultures. His latest book is […]

LRDB | Book of the Month | August 2012

    Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Puerto Rican and Dominican educator and writer who inspires triumph and embodies strength. Her incredible rhythmic energy paired with her “raw truth style” has seduced audiences with verses relating to identity, sensuality and spirituality and has made her the recipient of the 2012 “Mujeres Destacadas Award,” a recognition given annually by El Diario-La Prensa to the most outstanding women in the Latino community.         Homenaje a las guerreras / Homage To The Warrior Women is a collection of poetry and prose dedicated to the inherited strength of women as expressed in […]