Magdalena Gómez first performed her poetry in a Greenwich Village male burlesque house while she was still in high school. This book is her first full collection, despite decades of publication credits throughout the U.S. in anthologies, magazines, journals and newspapers. Her poems as well as her plays have been performed nationally, with seven of the poems in this volume included in the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, co-produced by Pregones and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Her work is included in high school and college curriculums throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Ms. Gómez is a Commentator with New England Public Radio; a columnist with Point of View newspaper, a high demand speaker, known for her creative keynotes on a diversity of topics connected to responsible leadership, education, culture and personal liberation. She is the co-founder of Teatro V!da, the first Latin@ theater in the history of Springfield, Massachusetts. She is also the founder of the Ferocious Women’s Group, dedicated to creating venue for the voices of women and girls through writing and performance.
From 2002 until his death in 2014, Ms. Gómez was a regular collaborator with composer, author and baritone saxophonist, Fred Ho, as part of the Caliente! Tour, performing poetry and jazz.
Ms. Gómez is also a nationally respected teaching artist. She was a founding Master Artist with the SmART Schools Network and has worked with them since 1999.
In 2013, Ms. Gómez’s archives were officially received into the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She is the co-editor of the first multi-cultural, intergenerational and multi-genre book on bullying: Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis co-edited with poet, María Luisa Arroyo; Skyhorse Publishing, NYC.
Ms. Gomez may be reached through her website: www.magdalenagomez.com
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