Broadside Reading Series: Stella Padnos-Shea and Sandra María Esteves
May 12, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
With Stella Padnos-Shea and Sandra María Esteves.
The Center’s Broadside Reading Series produces 12 limited-edition letterpress-printed broadsides each year, featuring the poetry of New York-based writers of diverse backgrounds. Our Spring 2017 series is organized by Guest Curator Sheila Maldonado, New York-based writer, and educator.
Poet, social worker, mama, and Scorpio are among the identities of Stella Padnos-Shea. Her poetry appears in various literary journals and forums, including Women’s Studies Quarterly, Mommikin, and Lady Parts, a Barbie-themed online collaboration with jewelry artist Margaux Lange. Stella works as a political organizer and therapist in New York City. Her debut collection of poetry, In My Absence, was released last summer from Winter Goose Publishing. She enjoys writing about ambivalence, affairs, and general emotional discomfort.
Sandra María Esteves, Puerto Rican Dominican Nuyorican poet and visual artist, was born and raised in the Bronx. She has published several collections of poetry including Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo and Yerba Buena, selected Best Small Press 1981 by the Library Journal. She has received numerous awards including an NEA Master Artist Award from Pregones Theater. Ms. Esteves has presented her work at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center, the Public Theater, and elsewhere. A teaching artist for over forty-five years, she has conducted literary programs for the New York City Board of Education, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Caribbean Cultural Center and El Museo del Barrio. Sandra believes that creativity is the antithesis to violence in writings that focus on transformation and empowerment through reflection and analysis of real life issues.
Suggested donation: $10 / $5 members
Guests receive a free letterpress broadside, produced by artists at the Center.
The Center’s Literary Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.