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RIVERA STRIKES AGAIN!, cuts across both poetry and prose to present

a landscape of literature and activism by writers who have made their mark

upon New York City's cultural scene. Armed with books, CDs, and lasting reputations



Rivera Strikes Again

  Hector Luis Rivera  &  Louis Reyes Rivera (poets)
Lucas Rivera (novelist) -- Raquel Z. Rivera (critic)
Sunday, October 26, 2003 8pm to midnight

Bowery Poetry Club -- 308 Bowery (below Bleecker St.)
$7 donation


The Bowery Poetry Club is the site of a literary invasion by four Puerto Rican writers, all of whom bear the surname Rivera. Beginning at 8pm, on Sunday, October 26, 2003, the program, RIVERA STRIKES AGAIN!, cuts across both poetry and prose to present a landscape of literature and activism by writers who have made their mark upon New York City's cultural scene. Armed with books, CDs, and lasting reputations, the featured writers include performance poet Hector Luis Rivera, poet/essayist Louis Reyes Rivera, freelance journalist and novelist Lucas Rivera, and critic/educator Raquel Z. Rivera, offering a full evening of performance and open dialogue.

Hector Luis Rivera, co-founder of The Welfare Poets, a collective of musicians and poets that incorporates Hip Hop with Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz, has been writing and performing his work for the past 12 years. His poetry was included in Nancy Nuevez's theatrical production of Blind Alley, and in Taller Boricua's 30th Anniversary exhibition. Known for his activism in community struggles around housing, environmental justice, police brutality, political prisoners, and most recently, in the battle for Vieques, Hector Luis continues to perform original works while serving as an educator in several New York City schools.

Louis Reyes Rivera, award-winning poet/essayist,  has been a mainstay in cultural activism for well over thirty years. Among his more recent credits are Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Crown Publishers, 2001), co-edited with Tony Medina, and his own Scattered Scripture, winner of the 1997 Latino Writers Institute Award for Poetry. A professor of Creative Writing, African-American, Nuyorican, Caribbean literature and history, Louis has worked in Jazz clubs and festivals with The Sun Ra All-Stars Project, Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora, and with his own band, The Jazzoets, which is regularly featured at Sistas' Place in Brooklyn. He appeared on the Peabody award-winning HBO show, Def Poetry Jam, and can be heard every Thursday, at 2pm, on WBAI (99.5 FM) hosting Perspective.

Lucas Rivera is a freelance journalist-turned novelist, who has worked with investigative reporter Jack Anderson, and whose articles have appeared in Urban Latino, Vibe, Village Voice, Brooklyn Bridge and New York Daily News, among others. His articles on the Latin Kings involved more than six years of research in between such other assignments as the World Trade Center bombing, the war in Nicaragua, the Bhopal disaster in India, and the earthquake in Mexico City. The Lucky Street Chronicles is his first novel, in which Lucas captures the essence of Spanish Harlem at a time when crack was first introduced into Communities of Color. 

Raquel Z. Rivera has made her impact as a major critic of Hip Hop and contemporary literature. The author of New York Puerto Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), Raquel is currently a professor at the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College. Her studies of Hip Hop and Puerto Rican culture has resulted in articles covering the evolution of Caribbean musical expression, such as Puerto Rican bomba, música jíbara, plena, as well as Dominican palos and salves, reflecting both the indigenous and African roots of that music. In addition, her articles, stories and poetry, published in numerous newspapers, journals and anthologies, have contributed much to such topics as race and ethnic relations, gender issues, Puerto Rican national identity, and cross-Caribbean cultures. A founding member of Puerto Rican music group yerbabuena, she is currently a member of the all-women’s music collective Yaya, dedicated to exploring traditional Boricua and Dominican music.

Autographed books & CDs available.

The Bowery Poetry Club is located at 308 Bowery, near Bleecker Street (# 6 to Bleecker or F train to Second Ave.). RIVERA STRIKES AGAIN! begins at 8pm, with a $7 donation at the door. Autographed copies of books and CDs will be available for sale. For more information, contact Bowery Poetry Club at 212-614-0505, or .

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicols Guilln and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

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As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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