[Blackstudies-l] Invitation to Guest Artist Mariposa Fernandez

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Wed Jan 13 15:08:45 EST 2016

Mariposa Fernandez
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
MCU Ballroom

Puerto Rican poet and performance artist Mariposa María Teresa Fernández
was born and raised in the Bronx. The first in her family to graduate from
college, she earned a BA and an MA at New York University. In her poems,
which often combine Spanish and English lines, Mariposa explore themes of
empowerment, family, and identity. She is the author of Born Bronxeña:
Poems on Identity, Love & Survival (2001). Her poetry has been included in
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010, edited by Ilan Stavans),
The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States (2010,
edited by Miriam Jiménez Roman and Juan Flores), and Bum Rush the Page: A
Def Poetry Jam (2001, edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera).

Her work has been featured on the HBO series Habla Ya! and in the HBO
documentary Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, as well as in
programming on the PBS, Lifetime TV, and BET networks. Mariposa has
performed her poetry at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism,
the Essence Music Festival, and the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit.
Founder of Poetry for Entrepreneurs, she organized the annual Crysálida:
Cry of the Chrysalis fundraiser supporting young women’s empowerment
programs and has served on the advisory board of Where Our Minds Empower
Needs (W.O.M.E.N.). Mariposa has taught poetry at Poets House, the Bronx
Writers Center, and the Caribbean Cultural Center and through Poets &

See the flyer attached below and forward it to interested students.

Thank you,

Mark Broomfield, Ph.D., M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Dance Studies, SUNY Geneseo
Geneseo Dance Ensemble, Associate Director
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