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Cafecito con Willie Perdomo


February 10, 2022
6:00pm - 7pm EST
7:00pm - 8pm (Puerto Rico AST)
Virtual Event

Join us on Thursday, February 10th, at 6 PM EST for a Cafecito con Willie Perdomo! In this new event,  New York State Poet Laureate, Willie Perdomo, will be in conversation with poet and scholar Urayoán Noel to discuss Perdomo's career, recent achievements and creative process as a diasporic Afro Puerto Rican writer. After the discussion, Willie and Urayoán will open the floor to the audience for a Q&A.



photo by  Sandra Guzmán

Willie Perdomo is the author of The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Books, 2019); The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Books, 2014); Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax, 2003), winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award; and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (W. W. Norton, 1996), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Perdomo is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Pushcart Prize nominee, a former recipient of the Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing at Columbia University, a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow, winner of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, the New York City Book Award, and the PEN Open Book Award. The founder/publisher of Cypher Books, he is co-editor of the Breakbeat Poetry series anthology, Latínext. A Lucas Arts Literary Fellow and a core faculty member at VONA/Voices of our Nation Writing Workshop, he currently teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy. In 2021, Perdomo was appointed New York State Poet.


Urayoán Noel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Transversal (University of Arizona Press), which was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and named a Book of the Year by the New York Public Library. He has also published the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press), winner of the LASA Latino Studies Book Prize and an MLA Honorable Mention. As a translator of Latin American poetry, Noel has been a finalist for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award. His international performances include Poesiefestival Berlin, Barcelona Poesia, and the Toronto Biennial of Art, and his work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and published in the New York Times. Originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Noel lives in the Bronx and teaches at New York University as well as at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.