Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Puerto Rican and Dominican tenured New York City educator and writer who inspires triumph and embodies strength. Her incredible rhythmic energy paired with her "raw truth style" has seduced audiences with verses relating to identity, sensuality and spirituality and has made her the recipient of several awards. Currently she is a 2014 CantoMundo Poetry Fellow and a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award winner in the category of performance poetry. In 2012 she was awarded the "Mujeres Destacadas Award," a recognition given annually by El Diario-La Prensa to the most outstanding women in the Latino community. Her first book, Conversations With My Skin, was awarded second place in the category of Best Poetry Book in English in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards.....


Homenaje a las guerreras / Homage To The Warrior Women is a collection of poetry and prose dedicated to the inherited strength of women as expressed in their labor, love, sensuality, spirituality and movement. This book honors the vitality, power and prowess of everyday women and how their rituals, wit, and perceived imperfections can create an evocative legacy.

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Conversations With My Skin, details Peggy's poignant and powerful transformation from a pregnant fifteen year old girl scarred by relationship abuse and her resiliency as she evolved into a woman determined to redefine herself. Her vivid and often times violent poetic journey is one of resolve, redemption, and healing.

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Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Puerto Rican and Dominican tenured New York City educator and writer who inspires triumph and embodies strength. Her incredible rhythmic energy paired with her "raw truth style" has seduced audiences with verses relating to identity, sensuality and spirituality and has made her the recipient of several awards. Currently she is a 2014 CantoMundo Poetry Fellow and a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award winner in the category of performance poetry. In 2012 she was awarded the "Mujeres Destacadas Award," a recognition given annually by El Diario-La Prensa to the most outstanding women in the Latino community. Her first book, Conversations With My Skin, was awarded second place in the category of Best Poetry Book in English in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards. In 2013, her second book Homenaje A Las Guerreras/ Homage To The Warrior Women was awarded second place in the category of Best Bilingual Poetry Book and Best Cover Design. Peggy also received the 2012 Womyn Warrior Award presented by Casa Atabex Aché, a center that provides holistic and alternative healing techniques for the self-empowerment of women of color.

This profound petite powerhouse has been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out of Doors for La Casita, Pregones Theater Block Party, The 2014 Voto Latino Power Summit at John Jay College, Poets and Writers Fifth Annual Connecting Cultures Reading, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Community College, Hunter College, New York University, Hostos Community College, The 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival, The Nuyorican Poets Café, The Milford Fine Arts Center, Fairfield University, Brecht Forum, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, as well as other culturally notable venues throughout the tri-state area.

She has been published online in Letras, a publication by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, on Dealmas.org and Sofrito For Your Soul. She has also been a guest on Open 2.0, Open, Diálogo Abierto, and The Bronx Journal aired on BronxNet.org. In addition, Peggy has participated in several panel discussions focused on contemporary Latina writers through the Sangre Viva Arts Alliance and Fordham University

Peggy's emphasis on the value of words for healing, transformation, and the fostering of a positive cultural identity have allowed her to work closely with The New York City Latina Writers Group and as a poetry workshop facilitator for The DeAlmas Women's Institute. Since 2011, Peggy has been a contributing writer and featured spoken word performer for Plantando Banderas (Planting Flags) a high-energy theatrical and musical presentation that fuses dance and spoken word to enrich and inspire the community by annually celebrating the accomplishments of Westchester-based Latinos

Peggy is continuously generating and supporting original thought-provoking women centered literary events that provide a platform for emerging artists though Robleswrites Productions. She co-wrote and co- produced Soledad Speaks: A Theatrical Spoken Word Journey that successfully debuted to five sold out standing room only audiences in 2013 at The Iati Theater and was selected to be part of the BADD!ASS Women Festival at The Bronx Academy Of Arts and Dance. She also created and produced Women In Creative Rebellion: An Annual Spoken Word Poetry and Networking Event that began in 2013 in the Bronx, with the support of Poets and Writers and The Bronx Council On The Arts, to celebrate the creativity of women. Peggy also co- produced several installments of Canvas Of Words: A Queens Art and Poetry Festival. Presently, she is working on The Abuela Stories Project that highlights the essence of Abuelas through photography, poetry, and prose.

Her award winning and emotionally evocative first book, Conversations With My Skin published in 2011, details Peggy's poignant and powerful transformation from a pregnant fifteen-year-old girl scarred by relationship abuse and her resiliency as she evolves into a woman determined to redefine herself. Her vivid and oftentimes violent poetic journey is one of resolve, redemption and healing for both mother and child.

Her latest book, Homenaje a las guerreras / Homage To The Warrior Women, is a collection of poetry and prose dedicated to the inherited strength of women as expressed in their labor, love, sensuality, spirituality and movement. This book honors the vitality, power and prowess of everyday women and how their rituals, wit, and perceived imperfections can create an evocative legacy.

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Homenaje a las guerreras / Homage To The Warrior Women is a collection of poetry and prose dedicated to the inherited strength of women as expressed in their labor, love, sensuality, spirituality and movement. This book honors the vitality, power and prowess of everyday women and how their rituals, wit, and perceived imperfections can create an evocative legacy.
Conversations With My Skin, details Peggy's poignant and powerful transformation from a pregnant fifteen year old girl scarred by relationship abuse and her resiliency as she evolved into a woman determined to redefine herself. Her vivid and often times violent poetic journey is one of resolve, redemption, and healing.

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PEPPER NEGRON

Intimidating, crazed, and dark are all words some people may associate with Pepper Negron, a gifted visual artist I had the pleasure of working with on several occasions. He has patiently listened to my visions and ideas and has beautifully photographed and edited both of my book covers and filmed my first book trailer. Knowing just how uncomfortable I am posing for formal pictures, Pepper knows how to initiate casual conversations that produce the most stunning photographs. He encourages artists to set and fulfill their goals and has no tolerance for excuses. Passionate, humorous, dedicated, and a visionary are the words I use to describe this brilliant individual.

FLORA MONTES

I can't recall exactly how or when I met Flora "La Poeta" Montes but I do know that her selflessness and giving nature have made her one of my closest friends in the poetic community. Her work with at risk teens, her unfaltering faith in giving without asking for anything in exchange, and her desire to help children in need has her partnering with The Bronx Museum Of Art this year for a school supply drive that began as a dream and bags of pens, pencils, and notebooks handed out from the truck of her car. I am honored to be part of this endeavor and always humbled to call this extraordinary woman mi amiga. Read about this remarkable woman and how you can help.

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