Published On: Mon, Apr 18th, 2011

Puerto Rico’s “Festival of the Word” Is Coming To NYC!

Puerto Rico's “Festival of the Word,” which attracted over 20,000 enthusiastic attendees to San Juan's Old Quarter last year, is coming to New York in May. Over a dozen lectures and debates are scheduled, combining journalists, writers and poets from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States.

This new literary festival achieves something that has never been done before – it begins in one city (San Juan, May 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) and ends in another (New York, May 10, 11, 12) – symbolically tracing the route of Puerto Rican migration from the Caribbean to the United States. “Festival of the Word” seeks to globalize Puerto Rican writers’ and poets’ works, by assembling them in thoughtful debates and lectures with writers from other cultures that seek to open thoughtful discussions and exchanges, and to showcase the Spanish language as a global, cultural tool, and not just a marginalized tongue in the contemporary United States.



Participating Writers


Moisés Agosto (Puerto Rico), Miguel Algarín (Puerto Rico), Yolanda Arroyo (Puerto Rico), Josefina Baez (Dominican Republic), Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé (Puerto Rico), Joao Paulo Cuenca (Brazil), Tere Dávila (Puerto Rico), Martín Espada (USA), José Manuel Fajardo (Spain),Francisco Font Acevedo (Puerto Rico), Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), Magali García Ramis (Puerto Rico), Jessica Hagedorn(Phillipines/USA), Karen Jaime (USA), Eduardo Lago (Spain), Elvira Lindo (Spain)Valter Hugo Mãe (Portugal), Vanessa Martir (USA),Ana María Matute (Spain), Lina Meruane (Chile), Juan Moreno (Puerto Rico), Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Andrés Neuman(Argentina), José Manuel Prieto (Cuba), Claudio Remeseira (Argentina), Charles Rice-Gonzalez (Puerto Rico/USA), Raquel Rivera(Puerto Rico), Bonafide Rojas (USA), Mayra Santos Febres (Puerto Rico), José Carlos Somoza (Spain), Karla Suárez (Cuba), Charlie Vázquez (USA), David Unger (Guatemala), Alfredo Villanueva (Puerto Rico), Emanuel Xavier (USA)



The “Festival of the Word” official webpage:

All contact, info:

Charlie Vázquez



Puerto Rico’s “Festival of the Word” Is Coming To NYC!