On Wednesday August 17th, 2016 Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. Scholar Lecture Series presented the last of its three part series Men’s Narratives: Arts Activism, Creativity & Social Responsibility with featured guest Charlie Vazquez.
Residents of the Bronx and attendees throughout the Tri-State area were treated to a spectacular reading and conversation at the Bronx Library Center. Charlie Vazquez read excerpts from his novels and participated in a conversation and interview facilitated by Lorraine Currelley, executive director of Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. The event was presented by Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. and co-sponsored by both Poets & Writers, Inc. and Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. The theme Men’s Narratives: Arts Activism, Creativity & Social Responsibility. How does Arts Activism, Creativity & Social Responsibility play a role in the life of the artist? How is it reflected in the writer’s work? How does a writer/artist navigate creativity and social responsibility? James Baldwin, “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” We ask are artists indeed here to disturb the peace?
The consensus based on the conversation and comments from attendees during the Q&A segment, is it depends on the degree artists as individuals wish to or not engage issues of social justice and equity. The artist defines how and what that activism and one’s creativity is to look like. As a writer and individual Mr. Vazquez chooses to write his truth, from a voice which is authentically his. Addressing these issues is complicated and in some situations there are risks and factors for consideration.
Carlos Luis (Charlie) Vazquez is the author of three novels and short stories. His third novel, a paranormal detective thriller is set in Old San Juan, and an accompanying collection of short fiction. He’s the Director for the Bronx Writers Center, Editorial Trance CCO & NYC Coordinator for Festival de la Palabra de Puerto Rico. Like him on his Facebook Author Page! Follow him on Twitter Editorial Trance.
Thanks to everyone who attended Part III of Men’s Narratives: Arts Activism, Creativity & Social Responsibility with featured guest Charlie Vazquez. Thanks to Charlie Vazquez for an evening of insightful conversation and a powerful reading. Thanks to Michael Alvarez for his stellar leadership and ongoing support of community artists and programming. Thanks to Jean Harripersaud and Elvira Parrales for welcoming attendees to the Bronx Library Center and sharing the importance of reading and its impact on lives. Thanks to our community. We are because of your participation and support. Special thanks to Poets & Writers, Inc. for sponsoring the Men’s Narratives Arts Activism, Creativity & Social Responsibility series. Your support of our artists and programming is appreciated beyond measure. Shout out to Mosaic Literary Journal Editor and The Literary Project Director Ron Kavanaugh. Featured guests for the Men’s Narrative series included Nkosi Nkululeko Part I and Bonafide Rojas Part II.
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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