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About the author:
Bonafide Rojas is a poet, musician & the author of "Pelo Bueno: A Day In The Life Of A Nuyorican Poet" (Dark Souls Press, 2004). The 2002 Slam This! Champion and has been on two National Poetry Slam teams, NYC/Union Square 2002 & Wicker Park 2003.
He has appeared in Russell Simmon's "Def Poetry Jam" Season 4, a Swedish Documentary on poetry called "Spitting Ink". He has been published in the anthologies & journals: "Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam" (Three Rivers Press, 2002), "RoleCall": A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press, 2002), "Learn Then Burn" (Write Bloody, 2010), "Me No Habla Con Acento" (Rebel Satori Press, 2010), The Centro Journal, The Hostos Review, The Acentos Review, The Calabash Journal, The Palabras Journal, Letras & is the bandleader of experimental rock band The Mona Passage
He has performed nationally at venues & colleges: Lincoln Center, Museum of The American Indian, El Museo Del Barrio, Voz Alta, Pregones Theatre, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, M.A.C.L.A, The Point, The Guild Complex, Amherst College,
UMass-Amerst, Hampshire College, Syracuse, SUNY Binghamton, UC San Luis Obispo, UIC-Chicago, NYU & Columbia University.
When The City Sleeps
The beauty of documenting is that it is a weapon against misconception. There exists a distinction between Bonafide Rojas' New York & its popularized identity. Rojas' love & laments are steeped in stark realism, the loneliness of being, & an observation of the dismantled facade of the city.
Every city block has an enchantment to it & he is drawn to its story. Rojas have absorbed the suffering of every brick & never lost belief of its beauty, even through the trials of the everyday. Rojas is a quintessential New Yorker & it has given him the chance to observe a living organism build & transform itself.
Continuing in the tradition of Whitman, Crane, Lorca, & Pietri, he writes to document the city's wonders, brilliance & shocking tales. The love affair he has with New York is another story to push into the concrete. "When The City Sleeps" is his offering to a city & its constant inspiration.
- Publication Date:
- Jan 01 2012
- 0615581692 / 9780615581699
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5" x 8"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Poetry / Caribbean & Latin American