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Race, Violence, and Verse (NYC)

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Join activist writers and spoken word artists at a writer’s workshop examining the impact of race and violence in communities of color on April 16 in NYC.

On Thursday, April 16, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) will host a day-long panel and writing workshop: Race, Violence, and Verse on the NYC Campus.

The program will feature a panel of writers and spoken word artists that addresses the day’s theme through lenses of race, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration—and how those experiences have impacted their writing. Equally as important, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop facilitated by the panelists during the second-half of the program.

Panelists include:
Charlie Vasquez | Author and director, Bronx Writers Center
Peggy Robles-Alvarado | Educator, poet, and 2014 CantoMundo Poetry Fellow
Jamel St. John | Recording artist and international spoken word champion
Tahani Salah | Spoken word artist and coordinator/board member of Urban Word NYC

Nívea Castro | Attorney, writer, martial artist

The first part of the event, including the panel discussion and Q&A, will be held from 9:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Bianco Room. The second part, which includes lunch, writing workshop, and wrap-up will be held from 12:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. in the Student Union.

The program is free and open to the public, however a firm RSVP is required. E-mail Denise Belén Santiago at