Feature Photo by Oscar Bjarna
Johanny Vázquez Paz, with Mairym Cruz Bernal & Marta Collazo are featured at this Guild Complex bilingual poetry reading series.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Johanny Vázquez Paz is the author of Streetwise Poems /Poemas callejeros published by Mayapple Press (2007),and co-edited the anthology Between the Heart and the Land / Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2001). Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies, including the compilation Poetas sin tregua, Puerto Rican poets from the 80’s generation. She presently teaches Spanish at Harold Washington College in Chicago. You can visit her blog Tinta Derramada at http://johannyvazquezpaz.blogspot.com
Mairym Cruz-Bernal lives in Puerto Rico and writes in English and Spanish. A graduate of the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College, she is also a translator and a poet. She gives workshops on Creative Writing and is the author of more than 13 books. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages. Cruz-Bernal is the president of the Puerto Rico-PEN. Mairym travels often giving readings and conferences on the Confessional Movement in literature. Her work has been recognize by her contemporaries in many countries in Latin America and Europe. Hear her work below: