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Latino Rebels and The Phoenix present: Words and Music For Miguel Algarín

We go in with love today to support a man who has influenced a generation of hungry word lovers and changed the face of poetry in New York City. 

Algarín has been a good friend and beautiful person in my life and I implore you to please, join us, donate, help us raise money to help this man find a comfortable new living situation. He was living in a modest studio. We seek a humble respectable solution to this situation & need your help. Thank you


©NY Daily News, Jeanne Noonan


Latino Rebels and The Phoenix present: Words and Music For Miguel Algarín

A benefit/fundraiser hosted by Charlie Vázquez
Featuring Penny Arcade, Machete Movement and San Juan Hill

With Carlos Manuel Rivera, Bonafide Rojas, J Skye Cabrera, Rob Vassilarakis, Papo Swiggity Santiago, Pietro Scorsone, Gabrielle Rivera, Jani Rosado, Karen Jaime, Maegan “La Mala” Ortiz, Odilia Rivera Santos, Tod Crouch, Deborah Magdalena and Jeny Nilenie and surprise guests!


The Phoenix

 449 E 13th St/Avenue A - East Village - 21+

New York, NY

All are welcome...$5 suggested donation but no one will be turned away...

The iconic Miguel Algarín is a man deserving of various accolades, among his most noteworthy being founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café in the Lower East Side in the early 1970s—a place where marginalized voices founded a movement and created a home that Allen Ginsberg once described as “the most integrated place on the planet.” Out of the Nuyorican Poets Café were born books and legends—too many to report here.

So what's the point?

The man responsible for carving a space for literary and counter-cultural expression in the urban war-zone of the 1970s Lower East Side/Loisaida is in need of our help. Miguel is being forced to vacate his Lower East Side apartment this summer. As a 70-year-old disabled man this is proving to be quite a challenge. So to help offset the cost of his legal fees and other expenses we are throwing a party to raise money for him. 

Así mismo.

As a living icon who has given a platform to thousands of marginalized voices in his lifetime, we feel that this is the least we can do for Miguel and hope that you can join us in our celebration in honor of him. Yes, the goal is to raise money, but the way in which we’ll do that is by having fun. Come join us as we revel in the Lower East Side/East Village poetry and performance legacy he helped create…

(Note: All money raised will go to Miguel Algarín. Neither The Phoenix, Latino Rebels, nor the performers will receive any funds raised—we are all volunteering our time.)

The Latino Rebels can be found on Facebook at:​atinoRebels



Sending La Loba to VONA 

Vanessa Martir: La Loba (click to view the facebook invitation)


Tonight we read out of love for La Loba. 

Vanessa Martir is a teacher, novelist, single mom, dream weaver and ground shaker and she's is going to VONA/Voices Summer Writing Workshops at UC Berkeley to work on her first memoir, A Dim Capacity for WingsI've found that what we do for Vanessa, we do for our community as what she learns, she shares. I had an opportunity to learn from her at the Spring session of her Writing Our Lives Workshop at Hunter College and am definitely a better writer for it. 


In her words:

For those of you that don’t know, for the third year in a row, I’ve been accepted to a workshop at the esteemed VONA/Voices Summer Writing Workshops in California ( This year I’ll be participating in the Memoir Workshop with Staceyann Chin…

 *gimme a second while I do the excited Kermit dance ( Let me explain.


I’ve been working on my first memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings (thank you Emily Dickinson (, for over a decade now. I’m finally ready to go in, stare my life down, relive it, write it, release it…but that story comes a little later.


My first trip to VONA was in ’09. At that point, I was a book in (Woman’s Cry, 2007) but I was feeling stuck and unsure of myself and my next step. VONA was just the mirror I needed to snap out of that paralysis. There, I didn’t have to explain why I write what I write, and I found a faith in my voice and stories that eluded me and kept me from writing for most of my life.


There, I was embraced and loved for all that I am, with the traits I’d hampered since childhood “porque las niñas no se portan así!” My boisterousness, my loud, my excitability and silliness, my inclination to bust into dance and song at random moments, my devilmaycarelaughsmile&embraceyourcrazycraziness—all that was encouraged and loved at VONA. There, I found the courage to be all that I am, beautiful and flawed and overemotive at times, quick to cry and just as quick to sass. At VONA I learned that fear is not the issue, but how you react to fear. You have a choice to let it paralyze or catalyze, no matter, it’s still your choice. And so I left VONA having attached wings to my fears, and I promised myself that before returning the following year (because I knew I would return) I had to:

  1. move to Inwood in uptown Manhattan to facilitate my new writing life,
  2. quit the safety net of my fulltime job,
  3. start teaching writing to urban youth and emerging writers,
  4. dive into the literary and performance scene of NYC because this maddening energy belongs on stage.

I moved back to Inwood in December of that same year. Days later I started curating the La Loba Poetry Series at Lolita in LES. (By then I’d already started performing around the city.) And in May of 2010, I resigned from my full time editing job and threw myself heart first into my dream. Somewhere in the midst of that I finished my second novel (I’m currently completing the ninth and final draft) and co-wrote Do Something: A Handbook for Young Activists. I’ve become a teaching artist, facilitating writing and theater workshops at public schools around the city through such organizations as Sing for Hope, KIPP and the Association for Hispanic Arts. I even created my very own workshop, Writing Our Lives, where I teach emerging writers how to use their life experience as fodder to write fiction, autobiography and essays.


And, now, I am ready to stop running. I’m ready to take on this memoir, write it raw and real, tragic at moments but always magical. The story of this Brooklyn girl, the youngest of three, raised in a lesbian relationship during the 80s crack epidemic, granted a scholarship at 13 to attend an elite boarding program in upper class, white America, & was told, “Si te vas, te cuidas.” And, so I’ve been doing just that since. This girl whose journey to writing began in her junior year when she was given “How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents,” and for the first time thought, “shit, maybe I can do this, too.” A girl who lost her father at eight, and has been haunted by his absence since. The tale of becoming a woman by myself, through trial and error, and all the dumb shit I’ve done along the way, including dating a drug dealer as an undergrad at Columbia University, but somehow still managing to complete my four years.


I am ready to go in on this memoir and the autobiographical one woman show, Millie’s girl, that I'm working on simultaneously. That’s why I’m heading to UC Berkeley to work with the magnificent Staceyann Chin, who I’ve been a fan of since I saw her perform live at the taping of an HBO Def Poetry episode way back in 98 or 99. The author of “The Other Side of Paradise”, Staceyann is one of the revolutionary writers whose bravery has given me permission to grab my ovaries and run into the page!


And so, all this is to say that I need help, your help. As a single parent, emerging writer and educator, I’m still not rolling in cake (though financial security is definitely a goal). That’s where you come in. I need help getting to VONA. I’m aiming to raise $1500 to cover travel and fees pertaining to the workshop including room and board.


What do you get in return? My eternal gratitude, the warmth that comes from helping out a, and, yes, a few pages of my memoir for your enjoyment (a story entitled Rainbow Bike Butch, and, yes, the story is as good as the title!).


How can you donate/help:

  • Paypal -- find me under
  • Send me a $ order or check (message me for my address)
  • And if you can’t help monetarily (hey, it’s a rough time for us all), send me some prayers, forward this to friends, and/or post this note on your page.

Thank you familia for all that you are!



V aka Loba!




Normally La Loba Poetry is free, but tonight there’s a cover charge of $10 (that includes a raffle ticket) which will be used entirely for her trip.

And of course, there’s a fierce line-up of some pretty spectacular poets including: Angelique Imani Rodriguez, Brooklyn Poet Taina, Charlie Poemz, Charlie Vazquez, Jessica Fillion, Nancy Arroyo-Ruffin, Papo Swiggity, Tamara Saliva and more! I'll be sharing something very special. 

 We also have a few raffles going on including photographs taken by Sandra Guzman (2 Dream Artists) and Albert Areziaga (TainoImage). Awesome community activist and artist Ralphy Tatuxmen Perez (xmental university) has donated his services for the cause! If you win his $5/ticket raffle, he'll do a graffiti piece on any wall of your crib! (That's insane! I want it!) 

Please join us tonight if you can. I look forward to seeing familiar adored friends and new faces tonight coming together to support our path. If you cannot, please send a paypal donation of any amount. Remember, what we do for each other, we do for ourselves. 




~ Jani Rose




Next event: Graffiti Legends & Me... Art for the Park 2010

Next weekend

Legendary grafitti artists' work will be displayed and auctioned while I have the honor of sharing my poetry 



BombaRose with TatsCru at 106 & Park


BG183How & Nosm





Click to visit the Park Performing Arts Center

At Park we believe that access to the arts is an essential component to every child’s well-being.  Consuming and practicing forms creative expression is a means to understanding identity, culture and humanism in a global society.  Through arts education, students acquire the skills and awareness that are necessary for personal success and making contributions to their communities and others.   

Our philosophy is informed by research insights on involvement with the arts.  For example, young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week for at least one full year are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

And, young artists, compared to their non-artist peers, are likely to:

  • Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
  • Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
  • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
  • Perform community service more than four times as often

We offer a wide range of children and youth programming.  Our community based Folk Arts initiative brings guest artists to our in-school and after-school programs.  And our highly-regarded arts faculty offer a variety of classes at all skill levels for children and adults. Recent offerings include: 


Strategic Revitalization Plan.

  • Children's Visual Art
  • Ballet
  • Hip Hop Jazz
  • Theater for Children
  • Broadway Voices
  • Latin Dance for Children and Adults
  • Salsa
  • AfroCuban Dance
  • Latin Percussion for Children and Adults
  • Tango
  • Music Theory
  • Jazz Jam
  • Capoeira - Brazilian Martial Art
  • Merengue, Bachata & Palo Dance
  • Beginner Music/Learn to play a recorder
  • Break Dancing

Located in Union City, NJ, Park Performing Arts Center has the distinction of being recognized as "the only institution in the county solely dedicated to the performing arts" by the Hudson County Urban Complex Strategic Revitalization Plan.

Media contact: Lily Arango 201-238-0025


Poetry for GEMS

Learn more about GEMS: please clickWhen I came across the documentary Very Young Girls the title immediately made me cringe. I wanted to veer away from it but I felt the nagging feeling that usually strikes people when they come across anything about the unfortunate; "They've experienced it, the least we can do is listen to their plight, witness their struggle and try to affect change." The documentary features the young women who are served by the Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), an organization, based in New York City, whose mission is to empower young women, ages 12-21, who have survived commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, are trying to free themselves from "the life" and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth. One of the reasons that I was hesitant to to watch was because I didn't want to be voyeur watching from afar and continue as if I'd seen nothing. We often feel helpless in the face of societal scourge, "The problem is so large, where does one begin? And we can't save them all." But we can help one, or two, or 10. Their stories were told straight forward, into the camera and left an indelible mark. The question, "What can I do?," was beating my at conscience. Being a spoken word poet, having organized fundraisers before I knew that there was something I could do to help spread the word and raise a little money to help GEMS and that it would build community and strengthen bonds at the same time.

The evening was intimate (translation = less that 20 people) as I managed to plan the event on the same night as the Celtics/Lakers playoff, another popular poetry event AND the night before a Capicu event. With all the events going down my odds weren't good but I hoped for the best and was not disappointed. As each person trickled in the power, love and promise of something beautiful happening increased exponentially. Our location, Perk's nestled amongst the Harlem brownstones has a warm jazzy, artful, air, and was mellow despite the blaring basketball game and cheering going on, on the other side of the swinging door. Every poet in the room was there with their hearts on the table and supporting one another to the fullest, we were kinda falling in love with each other. Did we raise some money? A lil bit, but what we gained was pretty awesome and a check is going toward helping these young girls so I'm feeling pretty good.

Bianca Bazquierizo, GEMS Development Coordinator for Individuals & Events. Click to be directed to the Girls Are Not for Sale Facebook page

It was a pleasure to meet Bianca Baquierizo, a representative of GEMS who came through to support and share with us the best way to represent the organization. Special thanks to the manager of our venue, Perk's on 123rd and Manhattan Ave., Corrine Harriot , for opening their doors and welcoming us. I'm thankful for our archivist, good friend and photographer, Sandra Guzman, who was the first warm face and confidence booster. And finally, a huge GRACIAS to the friends, family and fellow poets who came to learn and listen to the words and message that matter to us.

Photo by Michael Bonilla. Front and center in white with peace sign, Sandra Guzman. Click to see her site, 2 Dream Artists


Blessings to my poets:

Poet, Musician and Creative Director Roberto Plena Irizarry. Click to watch his videos. YouTube: BombaPlena

My right hand this night. Writer, poet & producer Alicia Anabel Santos. Click for more: Finding Your Force


"Simply Rob" Vassilarakis. Poet, Actor, Activist, Youth Mentor, Story Teller, member of Gritos de Poetas


J Skye Cabrera. Poet, Peer Educator, Activist & Singer


Actor, poet, college professor Carlos Manuel Rivera. Click for his blog: Carboinael Rixema


Poet, writer, producer Gabriella Rivera

Gabrielle Rivera 

Blaze A Page member of brand new poetry group on the scene The Babble[O]nianz


Graphic artist Taino Brigs member of new poetry group The Babble[O]nianz


Poet Angela Plugues


Actor, playwright and poet Rock Wilk.Click to learn more about BROKE WIDE OPEN


Poet and performance artist, emcee and fashion designer Jacob Victorine 


Mi Gente, te quiero mucho. Hasta la proxima.

Love, Power & Poetry