Thursday, April 15, 2010

NYC Events

Lecture: Cuba’s Economy Today

**Presentation in Spanish**

Dr. Omar Everleny Perez Villanueva

Universidad de la Habana

WHEN: Friday, April 16, 2010, 5:00 PMWHERE: The Graduate Center, Rooms C-202
365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street)NOTE: Presentation in Spanish

La presentacion analiza los principales indicadores macroeconomicos de la actualidad, ademas de una breve descripcion de la situacion de la produccion agricola y el consumo, la zafra azucarera y sus perspectivas, el comercio exterior cubano, y se ofrecen algunas interrogantes y perspectivas futuras.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Omar Everleny Perez Villanueva es Profesor Titular en el Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana de la Universidad de la Habana. Es autor de diferentes publicaciones donde sobresalen "Cuban Economy at the Start of the Twenty First Century" junto a Jorge Dominguez y Lorena Barberia, Harvard University (2004), "Reflexiones sobre la economía cubana". Editorial Ciencias Sociales, La Habana (2006) y "Miradas a la economía cubana" (2009).

Registration is REQUIRED. To Reserve e-mail

Tribute to Puerto Rican poet and playwright

Tato Laviera

PR Log (Press Release)Apr 13, 2010 – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY - Student organizations, poets, musicians and community groups will present a Tribute to Puerto Rican poet and playwright Tato Laviera on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at NYU’s Kimmel Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A beloved bard with roots in New York City’s Puerto Rican community, Mr. Laviera nearly became destitute following brain surgery. An article in the New York Times by David Gonzalez about Mr. Laviera ignited a national campaign to raise funds to establish the Tato Laviera Foundation, to help the poet and other artists in need.

Following a successful event on March 9, 2010 at the famed Nuyorican Poets’ Café on the Lower East Side, NYU student organizations including Bella Quisqueya; C-Roots and L.U.C.H.A.; the Latino Studies Program and the Africana Studies program; partnered with community groups United Bronx Parents Inc.; La Carreta Made a U-turn Committee; and dozens of writers and performing artists to co-host the Kimmel Center event.

The program for April 27th features readings by Mr. Laviera, as well as a group of women in the poetry vanguard including: Sandra María Esteves, María Aponte, Caridade De La Luz (La Bruja), Mariposa, Nancy Mercado, Prisionera, and Myrna Nieves. Other performing poets are: Miguel Algarin, Luis Reyes Rivera, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Frank Pérez, Sery Colon with Luisito Ayala, Raul Rios and Jose Ángel Figueroa. Each poet may read a poem by Mr. Laviera or one of their own.

The program features music by DASO, directed by David Soto and a performance by the NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble, Inc. Artists will be available for press interviews and photographs.

Poetry & Translation

Pen Press - Plaquettes de Poesía: A Celebration of Poetry & Translation

Thursday, May 1st - 7:00 PM at McNally Robinson Bookstore, 52 Prince St. (between Lafayette and Mulberry) New York, NY 10012 / (212) 274-1160

Mercedes Roffé, poet and director of Pen Press: Plaquettes de Poesía

Leonard Schwartz, author of Bendiciones Gnósticas y otros poemas.

Erín Moure, author of Primera historia del latín.

Readings will be in English and in Spanish translation by Marta López-Luaces.

As part of its commitment to supporting the work of outstanding small and independent presses, McNally Robinson Bookstore will devote this evening to Pen Press: Plaquettes de Poesía. Pen Press is a New York-based small press founded in 1998 with the goal of “promoting contemporary Latin American and Spanish poetry, and poets of other languages in Spanish translation.” On this occasion, its editorial director, Mercedes Roffé, will present the series, and two renowned English-language poets from its translation catalog: Montreal poet Erín Moure, and New York poet Leonard Schwartz (now visiting from Evergreen State College, WA), who will read from their work.

Marcos Wasem, poet and web desgner, will introduce Pen Press’ brand-new site:

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