Carmen Bardeguez-Brown


Carmen Bardeguez-Brown is a poet and educator from Puerto Rico. She became a member of the Spoken Word/Poetry scene that took place in the early 1990s at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe under the mentorship of Bob Holman, Louis Griffith, Miguel Algarin, and Keith Roach. She was also a member of Steve Cannon and Bob Holman "Stoop" Writing workshop. Bardeguez-Brown has published three poetry books: Straight from the Drums (2012); Dreaming Rhythms: Despertando el Sueño (Miguel Estepario Productions, 2016,); Lo que aprendí al otro lado del mundo, a collaboration with author Julio César Paz (2020). Four of her poems are featured in ¡Manteca! An Anthology of [email protected] Poets edited by Melissa Castillo-Garsow (Arte Publico Press, 2017) and Musings During a Time of Pandemic: A World Anthology of Poems on COVID-19, edited by Christopher Okemwa (2020). Bardeguez-Brown’s next poetry book, Meditation on Love Dance and Loss is currently seeking a publisher. Bardeguez-Brown's work has been featured in the documentary, Latino Poets in the United States, an award-winning documentary filmed and produced by Ray Santiesteban that showcases her among other founding members of the Nuyorican Poets movement such as Pedro Pietri and Willie Perdomo. Some of her work has been performed by Felipe Luciano’s Poets’s Choir, Butch Morris Conduction series #27 was performed at The Whitney Museum of Art. Her work was adapted and performed at the Art in Progress Cantieri Del Contemporaneo at Cosenza Italy; the performance interpretation can be seen on YouTube. In 2015 she was selected to be showcased in the traveling exhibit Homenaje curated by Ricardo Muniz. The exhibit featured 50 Puerto Ricans that have contributed to Puerto Rican culture and heritage in New York City. The art exhibit was acquired by the CUNY Centro/Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

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