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Genesee Reading Series at Writers & Books, November 13

Genesee Reading Series

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Writers and Books

7:30 pm

$3 members; $6 public


Rochester has a wealth of voices, and November 13 is your opportunity to hear two extraordinary examples.  Henry I. Padrón-Morales and Chan. McKenzie will leave you thinking and talking about their work and your responses to it.

Henry I Padrón-Morales is a Brooklyn Diasporican. He is the founder of Salmorejo Poetry and Percussion Ensemble. He has an extensive Latino activist, performance and community service background. He writes about the Puerto Rican experience and uses African-Caribbean rhythms to communicate on multiple planes. He is currently collaborating with Latin@ poets and musicians in Toronto, ON- on a No Borders/Sin Fronteras project. His poem “Dos Worlds/Two Mundos” was accepted in the recent anthology (2012) ¿What’s in a Nombre? Latino Voices in America, published by Phat’itude Literary Magazine. He is also involved in writing poetry with agricultural workers in the region through the SUNY Geneseo Migrant Education Project. A collection of their personal books is forthcoming. He writes an education column for the Spanish-language magazine IMAGEN NY. Henry teaches Kindergarten in the Dual Language Program at James PB Duffy School 12 of the Rochester City School District.

Chan. McKenzie is a spoken word artist who has done numerous performances of her work and published three collections of poetry. Her intent as artist is to consistently deliver on this objective: “Every moment contains unique feelings. Some moments will only survive in the fabric of our memory. Some can be captured, composed, and caressed into poetry with power to be transformational.”  Chan. is a Bronx kid, has dual master’s degrees, and for many years served as a university librarian. Today, she is focused on her desire to be a responsible parent, a productive academic administrator, and an emerging cultural historian.


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