S202. Dique Dominicana: A Reading by New York–Based Dominican Women Writers

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


You don’t sound Dominican! What’s a Dominican-York? Are you Black or white? This reading will discuss what it means to be a Dominican woman in the New York literary movement and poetry performance scene from Washington Heights, the Bronx, and beyond by featuring the work of six prominent, intergenerational writers at different stages of their careers. In English, Spanish, and Spanglish these Dominicanas demand more from the diaspora and deconstruct notions of performing identity.


Peggy Robles Alvarado is a 2014 BRIO award winner, CantoMundo Fellow, and a two time Intl. Latino Book Award winner. The author of Conversations with My Skin, Homenaje A Las Guerreras, and editor of The Abuela Stories Project, Peggy’s a Bronx Book Fair committee member and MFA candidate at Pratt.

Vanessa Chica is a NYC educator, writer, and performance poet. She has featured at various New York City venues and was a featured artist for three sold out spoken word shows at The National Black Theater in Harlem. She is currently working on a three-woman play titled Live Big Girl addressing the body.

Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina with an MFA in poetry from Drew University, and she is a Canto Mundo Fellow. Her first collection of poetry: The Pink Box was long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award. As women, we are always in danger, our very existence, our bodies, all of us, so she writes.

Sydney Valerio is a teacher, professor, poet, and performer. She wrote and performed Matters, a one woman show, at the Nuyorican Poets Café and the National Black Theatre. Her poetry is in Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse Anthology of Women Writers. She is a City College MFA student.

Yubelky Rodríguez is a Dominican painter, playwright, and spoken-word poet. As a spoken word artist, she has been performing throughout New York City for the last fifteen years. Her spoken word theatrical play called Pious Poetic Pie was produced. She is currently pursuing a PhD in counseling psychology.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside