Bronx Poet Laureate Haydil Henriquez in Conversation with Willie Perdomo
Join us for a Latine Heritage Month Celebration on Thursday, September 8, 2022 featuring Bronx Poet Laureate Haydil Henriquez in conversation with State Poet of New York Willie Perdomo in partnership with Fordham University at Rose Hill in the Bronx.
Haydil Henriquez - born ya-i-dil; daughter of diligent Dominican parents, raised in the solemn concrete of the South Bronx. A daydreamer, auntie poet—a purveyor of the forgotten dialects of the working class. Haydil’s words unleashes mirages our warriors dreamed we’d live. Haydil Henriquez is an arts educator, cultural advocate, youth development program manager and Bronx-bred poet. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Education from Swarthmore College in 2014, and has worked with communities across the Diaspora facilitating oral storytelling workshops for youth. Haydil’s poetry explores the juxtaposition of collective memory and black erasure while creating a platform for a voice in its most transnational nature. Haydil completed the Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poet House in 2018. In 2021, Haydil was honored to be recognized as the inaugural Bronx Poet Laureate.
Willie Perdomo is the author of Smoking Lovely: The Remix, The Crazy Bunch, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, and Where a Nickel Costs of Dime. Winner of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, the New York City Book Award, and a PEN Open Book Award, Perdomo was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. He is co-editor of the anthology, Latínext, and his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, African Voices, and Best American Poetry 2019. He teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy and was recently appointed State Poet of New York, 2021-2023.
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