Apr 17th 2018

Join us in this Poets for Puerto Rico: Chicago event to raise consciousness and raise funds for Institute for Socio-Ecological Research (ISER Caribe). ISER were some of the first people working on the West Coast of Puerto Rico to open roads and set up water filtration systems after Hurricane María, before even government agencies reached the region. The have expanded their reconstruction efforts to assist communities in Jayuya and fishermen in Vieques. All donations raised this evening will go directly to ISER in support of their work with communities and individuals most affected by the hurricane. Your donation will help to build a sustainable and resilient Puerto Rico.

Poets for Puerto Rico was created by Willie Perdomo, Noel Quiñones, and Denice Frohman. It has raised thousands of dollars for grassroots relief efforts and raised consciousness about the ongoing political, economic, and environmental disasters on the island. There have been Poets for Puerto Rico readings at Poets House, The Bronx Museum, and in Philadelphia. Others are being planned across the country. We hope you join us and over twenty poets and artists on April 17.

When: Tuesday, April 17th: Doors: 5:30PM. Program 6-9PM.

Where: Robert Clemente Community Academy (1147 North Western Avenue)

What: Some of the best poets and artists from Chicago and beyond sharing their work from the stage. Plus a signed books and art raffle.

Tickets: There is a suggested $10 donation for entrance, but no one will be turned away. If you can give more, please consider it. You can purchase tickets here:

FEATURING PERFORMANCES: Mario Chard, avery r. young, Eloisa Amezcua, Melissa Castro Almandina, Xandria Phillips, Hanif Abdurraqib, Logan Lu, Luis Carranza, Raych Jackson, Krista Franklin, Emily Yoon, Rebel Betty, Keren Díaz de León, Eve Ewing,Keith S. Wilson, Jacob Saenz, Isaac Miller, Ivan Perez
Victoria Chávez Peralta, H. Melt, Gem Blackthorn, Jesus “Azteca”Sanchez, Alison C. Rollins, Raúl Niño, Diana Pando, Irasema Gonzalez, Sammy Ortega, Mayda del Valle, Beatriz Gartler, VICTOR!, Jamila Woods, Defcee, Patricia Frazier, Ken Muñoz, Yosimar Reyes, José Olivarez, Me’Chelle Robinson, Jalen Kobayashi

Co-sponsors: Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine, Young Chicago Authors, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, National Museum of Mexican Art, Poetry and Poetics at Northwestern University

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