Latina Poetry Reading in Celebration of Women’s History Month


Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Observatorio Cervantes, 2 Arrow Street, 4th Floor

Featuring Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Elisabet Velasquez with Victoria Alicea DelValle


This event belongs to the Latinx Poetry Series at Harvard University and brings three fearless, outspoken Latina poets to campus in honor of Women’s History Month. A native of Puerto Rico and poet of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Carmen is the author of two books with a third in the works. Elisabet is a mother, feminist from Brooklyn whose poetry touches on sexism, body positivity and mental illness from the perspective of a Latinx woman. Born and raised in South End’s Villa Victoria, Victoria Alicea DelValle is a 17-year old Puerto Rican poet challenging injustice with work that reflects on social and political history of the place she is from.

Carmen Bardeguez-Brown work has been published in Tribes, Long Shot, Fuse, School Voices, Anthology: Aloud Voices from the Nuyorican, ¡Manteca!; An Anthology of Afrolatin@ Poets and Pha’thitude. She has two poetry books: Straight from the Drums Al ritmo del tambor and Dreaming Rhythms Despertando Silencios, published by Miguel Estepario.

Elisabet Velasquez is a Puerto Rican writer, mother, from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including NBC, Huffington Post, Muzzle, Latina and Vive Magazine. She is a VONA alum a 2017 Poets House Fellow and the author of the chapbook PTSD.

Victoria Alicea DelValle has participated in Louder Than a Bomb, a youth poetry slam festival, placing third place with her team the first year and second last year. She received MassLEAP’s Phyllis Wheatley Award. She has been a part of the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción’s Slam Team and currently slams with The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Performing Arts Crew.

Organized in collaboration with the Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights, and the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature.