HISPANIC PANIC!, New York City’s avant-garde and experimental Latino reading series, has been featured on CUNY-TV’s Spanish-language culture show “Nueva York,” as well as in the Daily News. Starting the New Year on a nostalgic note—come hear and see five writers and poets discuss their “roots” via creative memoir, poetry, and fiction.
Pay no mind to the snow! We've got work to do! Stories to tell and poems to read!
Readers include Mexico City-born writer and theater wizard Ricardo Abreu Bracho, Dominican Republic-born poet and writer Jimmy Lam, Cuban-born poet and artist Orlando Ferrand, and J Skye Cabrera of the NYC Latina Writers Group. Our featured guest readers will be PANIC! reading series veteran Tod Crouch and Jani Bomba Rose of the highly-acclaimed, Bronx-based "Acentos Review and Poetry Showcase."
Organized and hosted by Charlie Vázquez.
J Skye Cabrera
J Skye Cabrera is a Bronx-based spoken word artist and a member of the NYC Latina Writers Group. Her poem “Changó Sings to Oshún” was just published in the Best of PANIC! anthology. She’s a Scorpio and likes the underground.
Tod Crouch has written seven plays, eight novels, and countless chapbooks. His articles are featured in such magazines as Next Door, Yesplease, and Crack. Tod’s contributed interviews to the KGB bar website and currently writes for the Flabulous web series. His work has also appeared in The Best of PANIC! anthology and he maintains a blog on Wordpress entitled the Pod of Tod.
Orlando Ferrand is an interdisciplinary and multimedia artist born and raised in Cuba who has performed in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, and the United States, where he wrote, directed, and designed the opera Still Life with Daniel, the Lonely Mutant, with music by composer Charles Bryan Rulon. Hi work has also been displayed and performed at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, NYC, the MassMOCA, the Miller Theater at Columbia University in NYC, Princeton University Sony Theater for the Performing Arts, The Memorial Hall at Pratt Institute, Nuclear Poetry, Hispanic PABI!, the Washington Square Church, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the GMHC Art Gallery, and La Mama. Orlando Ferrand has been featured in poetry and essay anthologies and literary magazines across the US such as The Best of PANIC!, 2010, Why We Wrote, 2010, Linden Lane Magazine, 2010, OtroLunes Literary Hispanic Magazine, 2009 and In the Desert Sun, 2010.
Orlando collaborated with interdisciplinary artists such as Bertolt Brecht’s disciple Heiner Müller, Japanese Designer Masako Ogura, theater directors Liuba Cid and Marvin Willis, composer and percussionist Daniel Druckman, Jr., First Avenue Ensemble, photographers Rick Castro and Marcelo Maia, and computer Artist John Stolberg from the Walt Disney Studios, and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Cubanacán, La Habana, Cuba in 1992 (University of Arts, Cubanacán, Havana, Cuba) and from the University of Havana in 1992. He won a scholarship at Columbia University and City College of CUNY toward the completion of his MA/MPhil. in English Language, Comparative Literature and Linguistics, after having been granted political asylum in the US on September 29th, 1992. Citywalker, his first collection of poetry, was released in April, 2010 by PublishAmerica, Inc., and is available in soft cover and eBook through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble bookstores and Borders.
Dominican by birth, Caribbean by choice, and gringa by accident, jimmy lam writes poetry, short stories, memoirs, political and cultural analysis and essays. He studied at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo School of Humanities and obtained a BA in English and French. Recently he completed an MA in International Relations at City College. His writing has appeared in the Dominican Republic, New York and on the web in El Listín Diario, El Nuevo Diario, Antologia de la Literatura Gay Dominicana, Colour Life Magazine, Vanity Fair, the Village Voice, Siempre, Dominican Today and Cielonaranja.com.
Jimmy’s essay, “In Defense of Pleasure: Sensuality and Eroticism in Dominican Women Writers in the US,” appeared in the anthology Mujeres de Palabra. Most recently his poetry was featured in Mary, a literary quarterly, and The Best of PANIC!. His book Sexile is scheduled for release in the late spring of 2011. He lives in Jersey City with his partner Oskar and is writing an interminable memoir, Neurosis of My Own.
Jani Bomba Rose
Jani Bomba Rose is a Nuyorican poet and performer, born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx. She went from the public school system to an elite Upper West Side Manhattan private school, where she developed a love for Plath and Method Man both of whom she identifies with down to her core. She is an Acentos Fellow and host of the Latina Empowerment series, brought to you by Social Sofrito. She writes, performs and takes the stage to share her love of art and words, survival of the psyche, motherhood, life, love and the Nuyorican experience.
Charlie Vázquez is a radical Bronx-bred writer of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. His fiction and essays have been published in various anthologies, such as the iconoclastic volumes Queer and Catholic (Taylor & Francis, 2007) and Best Gay Love Stories: NYC (Alyson, 2006). His writing has also appeared in print and online publications such as The Advocate, Chelsea Clinton News, New York Press, and Ganymede Journal. Charlie hosts a monthly reading series called PANIC! (in the East Village), which focuses on unusual and original fiction and poetry. He is a former contributor to the Village Voice’s Naked City blog and a retired experimental musician and photographer. His second novel Contraband, was published by Rebel Satori Press in spring 2010, and his third, Corazón, is wrapping up for future publication. He is also working on a short story collection and co-editing a gay Latino fiction anthology with novelist and cultural producer Charles Rice-González.