By Rich Villar On Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

La Gente Unida: At the 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade

Photo credit: Angie MV Photography Usually, the adrenalin pumps quickly when you enter the block. The way I do it, I unfurl my Obnoxiously Large Puerto Rican Flag ™ as soon as I leave the checkpoint, and let More...

By Rich Villar On Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Que Pasa Power: On Unity, Business Decisions, and Freedom Songs at the PR Parade

It’s nearly a year to the day since we organized 35 Poets For Oscar in El Barrio, one of five marathon poetry readings we held nationwide in solidarity with Oscar López Rivera, demanding his release from More...

By Rich Villar On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

La Sopa NYC Faculty Spotlight: George “Urban Jibaro” Torres

Founder, Sofrito For Your Soul and Sofrito Media Group Co-Founder, Capicu Poetry and Cultural Showcase “Everything I cook, I cook with love. Love and sofrito, Papi. That’s all you need.” George More...

By Rich Villar On Thursday, March 16th, 2017

La Sopa NYC Faculty Spotlight: Jani Rose

  Co-Founder: La Sopa NYC: The School of Poetic Arts  Jani is a curator, activist, educator, and Nuyorican Poet born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx. A member of Capicu Culture, co-founder of La More...

By Rich Villar On Monday, July 4th, 2016

Writing Prompts from #LaSoPANYC: “Buildings”

Let’s write with #LaSoPANYC I teach poetry as a means of investigating the world. In metaphorical terms, writing a poem is a journey from home to somewhere else. How many times have you left your house to More...

By Rich Villar On Friday, June 24th, 2016

#LaSopaNYC, The School of Poetic Arts: Summer Cycle, Week One Recap

Home of School of Poetic Arts Walk down Avenue C on a given day, past 9th Street, and you will be greeted by a vibrant multicultural and multilingual community, by gardens on two corners, by a brunch spot that once More...

By Rich Villar On Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Where In The World Is The Ñ?

You can find Project Enye (ñ) on Twitter. @Projectenye. That’s Project Enye. As in, enye—the exact pronunciation of the letter Ñ. If you search us out on Twitter, you can find us either way: with or without More...