RED SUGARCANE PRESS is an independent press dedicated to publishing and documenting the rich culture and history of the Puerto Rican, Latino/a and African Diasporas in the Americas. We present well-known and emerging artists whose works break new ground, entertain and inspire. Their works are grounded in the journey of indigenous and African peoples in the Americas who from enslavement to the present have triumphed through the courage and tenacity of many generations. RED SUGARCANE PRESS promotes the sharing of ideas toward shaping a more humane world.
JOSE ANGEL FIGUEROA is best known for his poetry and social commentary about the Puerto Rican and Latino experience and is one of the poets associated with the early years of the Neorican literary movement and Nuyorican Poets Café in the United States.
MAGDALENA GOMEZ is an award-winning performance poet, playwright and theater director. She is co-founder of Teatro V!da and founder of the Ferocious Women’s Group among others. Her work has been widely performed and anthologized.
CARMEN RIVERA is an OBIE award-winning playwright whose works are widely presented across the United States, Latin America and Europe. Among them are La Gringa and Celia: The Life And Music Of Celia Cruz, co-written with Candido Tirado.
The United Nation proclaims the International Decade for People of African Descent, commencing on January 1, 2015 and ending on December 31 2024, with the theme “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”.
In proclaiming this Decade, the international community is recognizing that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. Around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent.
"We must remember that people of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education."
— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon