Magdalena Gómez in Bronx Blast: From Stutter to Roar
February 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST | Free
Experience an emotionally charged, funny and poignant reading from Shameless Woman (Red Sugar Cane Press, 2014) by the author, life-long arts activist and performer, Magdalena Gómez.
This rollercoaster ride will include a Q & A. Musicians who wish to participate in a spontaneous poetry/music jam to end the evening may bring instruments.
Free and open to the public, as presented by Goddard College’s Undergraduate Program.
About Magdalena Gómez:
Magdalena Gómez is the author of Shameless Woman, a memoir in poems, published by Red Sugarcane Press, NYC. She is a cultural organizer, pioneering performance poet since 1971, playwright and the co-founder and artistic director of Teatro V!da, the first Latin@ theater in Springfield, MA.
Ms. Gómez has been commentator with New England Public Radio and is a columnist with the Point of View newspaper. A selection of her poems and monologues, Dancing in My Cockroach Killers were staged and set to music by Pregones Theater, performed to audience and critical acclaim off-Broadway and in Los Angeles. In 2010, Pregones named her a National Endowment for the Arts Master Artist and have included the work (DIMCK) in their repertory.
Her bilingual play with music, Perfectamente Loca/Perfectly Insane, was one of eight winning plays in the national Latino Theater Commons Carnaval Competition in 2015, which received a workshop and staged reading at DePaul University.Ms. Gómez has performed her work in venues which include Lincoln Center; Vanderbilt University; The San Francisco State Poetry Center; and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For over a decade, she was a regular collaborator with the 2010 Harvard Arts Medal recipient, composer and baritone saxophonist, Fred Ho, until his untimely death in 2014. She is the co-editor of Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis, (Skyhorse Publishing, NYC) the first multicultural, intergenerational and multi-genre book on bullying.
She is currently working on multiple theater projects and is completing a new book on education. This Spring, Ms. Gómez will be an artist in residence at the world renowned Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Publication credits include: The Progressive; The L.A. Times; Palabra Journal; The Massachusetts Review; and many others. In 2014, her archives were selected for inclusion at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
This is Ms. Gómez’s second visit to Goddard and she is thrilled to be back. “It feels like home,” she said.
From the back cover of Shameless Woman:
“Magdalena Gómez offers us miraculous combinations: social protest with endearing humor; authentic human insights of both U.S. and Puerto Rican society, and feminist inspiration with universal truths. We are fortunate to have this great poet creating new works on our behalf.”
– Muriel Fox, co-founder of the National Organization for Women (N.O.W)