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Reading Banned Books Together, a community gathering for spoken and written words that have been banned or challenged.

Date & Time
October 7, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Guest readers will take the stage at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC to read books and music that have been challenged or banned in the US and abroad.

Attend in person or via Livestream (RSVP is required)

Guest readers include:

Caridad De La Luz (LA BRUJA) who won an Emmy in 2022 soon after becoming the Executive Director of the NUYORICAN POETS CAFE where she began her career in 1996. Winner of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship and David Prize finalist, Caridad balances a career of activism, education, entertainment and motherhood. She has been one of America’s leading spoken word poets for over 20 years and has received The Edgar Allan Poe Award from The Bronx Historical Society. She was honored as a Bronx Living Legend by The Bronx Music Heritage Center and was named “Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know”.

Salvadoran award winning author, Michelle Recinos will join us live from El Salvador. Recinos’s collection of short stories was due to be featured at a book fair in neighboring Guatemala celebrating Salvadorian literature. However, her appearance was canceled after pressure from El Salvador’s embassy. Recinos’s book titled, Sustancia del higado [“Liver broth”] features a short story that portrays a fictitious geography in which a “national state of exception” has just been imposed.

This event is free and open to the public
Food & Beverage will be served at the In-Person Event

1:00pm Doors Open, 1:30pm Show Time
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd St. NYC 10009
To attend in person, RSVP:

1:30pm Show Time
To join the livestream, RSVP: