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Dr. Cirilo Toro Vargas
Publicado en el Internet 24 de junio de 1997
Revisión más reciente 30 de marzo de 2002
Nancy Mercado

Nancy Mercado is the author of It Concerns The Madness published by Long Shot  Productions.  Also an Editor for Long Shot, a  literary and arts publication, her work has been anthologized in:  ALOUD, Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café (Henry Holt); In Defense Of  Mumia (Writers and Readers); Changer L’Amérique Anthologie De La Poésie Protestataire Des USA (Maison De La Poésie, France) and Identity  Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to be American (Penguin).

Publications in literary periodicals include:  Maison de la Poésie, French publication; GARE MARITIME, A Gathering Of The  Tribes, The Paterson Literary Review, Hunter College publication; Centro  Journal, NYU publications; Brownstone Magazine and The Gallatin Review, St.  Mark’s Poetry Project publication; Artists Call - The New World 40 Magazine and, Columbia University publication City Magazine among  others.

Recitals (selected list):

  • California; La Raza Graphics Center
  • Canada; Toronto, the 321 Club with poet Pedro Pietri (October 2000)
  • France; the University of Nantes, Espace Simone De Beauvoir, the Pannonica Jazz Club
  • Germany with jazz artist Billy Bang & his Quintet
  • Illinois; the State University of Illinois
  • New Jersey; GERALDINE R. DODGE POETRY FESTIVAL in Waterloo (September 2000),  The Newark Public Library, The Walt Whitman  Cultural Arts Center, The Paterson  Museum, Rutgers- The State University, Barnes & Noble Book Store
  • New York City; The Shakespeare Public Theater, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Border  Books, Tower Book Store, St. Mark’s Poetry  Project, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, The Limelight, The Village Gate Night Club, CBGB’S Night Club, Aaron Davis Hall of City College Pennsylvania; Borders Books, Kutztown State University
  • Her work was also presented in Peru, S.A. by artist Delfin
Nancy served as Curator for the Latina Writers Coffeehouse Series held at the Brooklyn  Public Library in March 2000. She also served as the Curator for the Word Power Literary Series held at the New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) in April and May 1999. These series included such writers and artists as Gerald Stern, Piri Thomas, Quincy Troupe, Maria M. Gillan, Amiri Baraka, Nicholasa Mohr, Pedro Pietri and Musician Patato Valdez among others.

In 1997, Nancy served as a panelist on the New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry  Panel.  She holds a Masters Degree from New York University and is the Founding Director of the Lola Rodriguez de Tió Cultural Institute located in New Jersey.

Conferences:

  • Latino Writers Round Table, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), served as Moderator, NYC May 2000
  • Writers’ Conference, Harrisburg Community College, PA April 1996
  • Emerging Poetic Voices, Notable Books and Outstanding Literary Publications,  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC May 1995
  • Working with Inner City Youth in Theatrical  Productions, The New Jersey Conference of  Independent Schools, NJ 1994
  • Master’s Thesis Presentation, The National  Teachers’ Conference, NYC
Work as a Playwright includes being selected by the Centers for Disease Control, from a national search for a playwright, to complete a script with the theme of AIDS and HIV prevention and awareness among young Latinas. This work entitled; AWAY, was  produced in November,  1997 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and in four other states; Florida, Illinois, Texas, California and in Puerto Rico.  During ten years, she developed and was the Artistic Director of The Young Life Theatre Group for which he completed six plays produced with grants provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs of Union County.

Nancy received an honorable mention from the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards of the Passaic Community College Poetry Center.  She has appeared on WBAI FM Radio; Latino Perspectives and Tres Palabras programs, WKDM AM Radio; Expresiones program and has completed two Poetry Videos for the WNYC TV Poetry Spots Series.

She has taught courses and conducted workshops in playwriting and poetry for BORICUA College and, Rise & Shine Productions- The Poetry Video Learning Project both located in New York City. Also, Stevens Institute of Technology, the Hoboken Board of Education and, Saint Bernard’s Gill School all located in New Jersey.  Currently Nancy is a Professor at Boricua College in New York City.
 


Información publicada en el Internet:  30 de abril de 2002.