PUBLIC CONVERSATION

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Join us for a public conversation, q&a & reception at Mil Mundos Books as we talk about Latinidad, Afro-Inclusivity in conversations around Latinx identity, and reclaiming space in Bushwick and beyond.

BIOS

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is an associate professor at the City University of New York-BCC. She is the editor of the recently published Routledge anthology, Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity. Select works can also be found in the American Studies Journal, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, The Lauryn Hill Reader, and the forthcoming sci-fi anthology, The Latinx Archive. Dr. Acosta is a Macondo Fellow, a Geraldine Dodge Foundation poet, and a regional representative for the Modern Language Association. 

Jonathan González is an artist working at the intersections of performance, born and raised in Queens, New York. Their recent works include The Motion of Light in Water in collaboration with Mario Gooden and the School for Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University; Lucifer Landing at Abrons Arts Center and MoMA PS1; and Maroonage: Elaborations on Performance, the Stage, and Staying Alive published for Contact Quarterly.

Maria Herron is the founder and director of Mil Mundos Books, a bilingual bookstore and community center in easter Bushwick that curates to celebrate Black and Latinx culture and heritage. Maria was born and raised in the NYC area just north of the Bronx, and has called Bushwick home most recently for over five years now. Previously a collective member at Bluestockings Bookstore, volunteering at her local community space was Maria's entry into activism, and has been actively involved in movement work since 2012. During the day, Maria works at a camera technician rep'd by Smashbox Studios.

Yvette Ramírez is an Queens-based arts administrator, oral-historian, and archivist-in-training. She is particularly inspired by the power of community-centered archives to further explore the complexities of information access and memory within Latinx/Andean diasporic communities in the United States. With nearly a decade of experience as a cultural producer, Yvette has worked alongside community-based and cultural organizations such as The Laundromat Project, Make The Road New York and, most recently, as the national outreach coordinator at PEN America. She is a co-founding member of Archivistas En Espanglish and will be pursuing a graduate degree in Digital Archives and Library Science/Preservation at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI this fall.

Pati Rodriguez is a Bushwick native, born in Ecuador but raised in Brooklyn all her life. Through Mayday she develops programming that caters to the POC immigrant community and has launched empowerment projects such as Mi Casa No Es Su Casa: Illumination Against Gentrification. When not at Mayday, Pati offers legal clinics and Know Your Rights trainings to immigrants, supports organizing efforts with Latinx youth, and is the host and Executive Producer of Loca Vibes Radio.

Cynthia Tobar is an artist, activist-scholar, archivist and oral historian who is passionate about creating interactive, participatory stories documenting social change. Cynthia is the founder of Cities for People, Not for Profit, an oral history project that interviews residents, artists and activists about the ongoing effects of Bushwick’s gentrification and fight for affordable housing in the neighborhood. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor and Head of Archives at Bronx Community College.