2LP Authors

STEPHANIE AGOSTO PHOTOSTEPHANIE AGOSTO, a Spoken Word artist of the Nuyorican literary movement, belongs to a new generation of activist poets that began their activities in New York in the 1990’s. As a child of the Hip-Hop generation, Agosto’s foundation is in all things with a beat, crisscrossing between poetry on the page and on the stage. >>READ MORE

USHA AKELLA PHOTOUSHA AKELLA, born in India, moved to the U.S. in 1993. She received her BA English, First Class at St. Francis Degree College, Hyderabad; an MA in English at Hyderabad Central University, India, and an MA in Publications Design at the University of Baltimore, where she combined courses in Creative Writing and Graphic Design. >>READ MORE

JULIAN COLA PHOTOJULIAN COLA is an interpreter/translator of Portuguese (Brazil), an editor and photographer. Traveling abroad rekindled a sense of purpose in his life and he became fluent in Portuguese during four years of residence in Brazil. Cola received his BA, cum laude, in Portuguese from the University of New Mexico. >>READ MORE

FREDERICK D. KAKINAMI PHOTOFREDRICK D. KAKINAMI CLOYD is an independent scholar, writer, artist and activist who works to unpack and shift memory-in-the-present and the underpinnings of identity that maintain global social oppressions and violence. He was born in Japan shortly after the ‘official’ US occupation of Japan, to a mother who was from an elite Japanese nationalist family, and an African-American/Cherokee father who was in the US military and saw battle and military occupation duties in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. >>READ MORE

SAMUEL DIAZ CARRION PHOTOSAMUEL DIAZ CARRION is a Puerto Rican poet and writer born in the South Bronx. While working as a chemist, he participated in meetings that led to the founding of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New Rican Village and other venues. Over the years, he has coordinated poetry and reading series, and managed theatrical events for Pedro Pietri and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. >>READ MORE

EZRA E. FITZ PHOTOEZRA E. FITZ began his literary life at Princeton University, studying under the tutelage of James Irby, C.K. Williams, and Jonathan Galassi. He has worked with Grammy winning musician Juanes, Emmy winning journalist Jorge Ramos, and the king of soccer himself, Pelé. His translations of contemporary Latin American literature by Alberto Fuguet and Eloy Urroz have been praised by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Believer, among other publications. >>READ MORE

SEAN FREDERICK FORBES PHOTOSEAN FREDERICK FORBES is a professor and poet. He studied English and Africana Studies at Queens College, The City University of New York where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. >>READ MORE

ODI GONZALES PHOTOODI GONZALES is an award-winning Peruvian poet who writes in both Quechua and Spanish. He holds a degree in Literature from Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa, holds an MA in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland and received his PhD from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Peru).>>READ MORE

BRANDI DAWN HENDERSON PHOTOBRANDI DAWN HENDERSON is a traveling writer, on regular journeys that prove truths to be no strangers to fictions. She’s been an Indophile since 2007, and spent several years experiencing winters in India and summers in Alaska. Some of her favorite things include puns, peaches, freckles in the shapes of things, and Susanna Wickes. >>READ MORE

PATRICK COLM HOGAN PHOTOPATRICK COLM HOGAN is a Professor at the University of Connecticut, where he is a member of the Department of English, the Program in India Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, and the Program in Cognitive Science. He is the author of sixteen books, including political work, such as The Culture of Conformism: Understanding Social Consent (Duke Univ. Press, 2001), and cognitive studies, such as What Literature Teaches Us About Emotion (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011). >>READ MORE

A. ROBERT LEE PHOTOA. ROBERT LEE was a Professor in the English department at Nihon University from 1997-2011. British-born he previously taught at the University of Kent, UK. His creative work includes Japan Textures: Sight and Word, with Mark Gresham (2007), Tokyo Commute: Japanese Customs and Way of Life Viewed from the Odakyu Line (2011), and the verse collections Ars Geographica: Maps and Compasses (2012) and Portrait and Landscape: Further Geographies (2013). >>READ MORE

SHILREY BRADLEY LEFLORE PHOTOSHIRLEY BRADLEY LEFLORE is an oral poet, performance artist and retired adjunct professor of women’s and ethnic literature. An original member of the renowned Black Artist Group (BAG) of St. Louis, LeFlore has performed her poetry nationally and internationally. She is one of few poets with a vast background in collaborative/staged poetry with musicians, dancers, and visual artists. >>READ MORE

TONY MEDINA PHOTOTONY MEDINA is a poet, professor and activist. A two-time winner of the Paterson Prize, he is the author of sixteen books for adults and young readers, including The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems (Just Us Books, 2013), I and I, Bob Marley (Lee & Low Books, 2009), My Old Man Was Always on the Lam (Nightshade Press, 2010), Broke on Ice (Willow Books 2011), the second book in the Broke series. >>READ MORE

JESUS PAPOLETO MELENDEZ  PHOTOJESÚS PAPOLETO MELÉNDEZ is a New York-born Puerto Rican award-winning poet associated with the Nuyorican movement. He is also a playwright, teacher and activist. Affectionately known as “Papo,” he published his first poem, “Message To Urban Sightseers” in Talkin’ About Us (1969). The publication of his earliest volumes of poetry, Casting Long Shadows (1970), Have You Seen Liberation (1971), and Street Poetry & Other Poems (1972), firmly established Meléndez as a prominent poet in the Nuyorican community. >>READ MORE

CLAIRE MILLIKIN PHOTOCLAIRE MILLIKIN grew up in Georgia, North Carolina, and overseas. She received her BA in Philosophy from Yale University; earned her MFA in poetry from New York University, and Ph.D in English Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She currently teaches Art History and Sociology, as a Lecturer at University of Virginia. >>READ MORE

NOT4PROPHET PHOTONOT4PROPHET was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in East Harlem and the South Bronx in New York City. He is a community activist, underground-Hip Hop MC, street-soul-slinger or singer of sorts, graffiti writer/vandal, off-peak-hours actor and last but never least, a poor (mans) poet and/or barrio bard. >>READ MORE

ABIODUN OYEWOLE PHOTOABIODUN OYEWOLE is a poet, teacher, and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, which laid the groundwork for the emergence of Hip-Hop. Over the years, Oyewole has collaborated on more than a dozen albums and several books. He travels around the world, performing poetry and teaching workshops. >>READ MORE

DYLCIA PAGAN PHOTODYLCIA PÁGAN is a producer, director, writer, poet, social and political activist, teacher, visual artist, healer and former political prisoner. Born in the Bronx and raised in El Barrio-East Harlem in New York City, she is also one of the first Latina television producers in the United States. In 1980, Pagán was arrested and charged with Seditious Conspiracy for fighting for the Independence of Puerto Rico and sentenced to 63 years of imprisonment in state and federal facilities throughout the United States. >>READ MORE

ANA ROSSETTI PHOTOANA ROSSETTI is a Spanish poet from Cádiz, who has been prominent on the Spanish literary scene for over 32 years, Among her most famous poetry books are Los devaneos de Erato (Premio Gules, 1980), Indicios vehementes (1985), Yesterdays (1988), and Punto Umbrío (1996). For her book Devocionario, Rossetti received The III International Poetry Prize, Rey Juan Carlos I. >>READ MORE

LISA SANCHEZ GONZALEZ PHOTOLISA SÁNCHEZ GONZÁLEZ is a professor and scholar. She studied Classics and Comparative Literature at UCLA, where she studied many languages (both dead and alive) and received her PhD in 1995. Her essays have appeared in a myriad of scholarly journals and anthologies, including American Literary History, Cultural Studies, Latino Studies, Technofuturos: Critical Interventions in Latina/o Studies (2007), Reading U.S. Latina Literature (2003), and African Roots/American Cultures (2001). >>READ MORE

J.L. TORRES PHOTOJ. L. TORRES was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and grew up in the South Bronx. Having received his formal education in the States, he returned to Puerto Rico to find his roots and material for his writing. After spending a number of years teaching at the college level, he returned to New York. He has also lived in Madrid, Chicago, Los Angeles and recently in Barcelona on a Fulbright Scholarship>> READ MORE

>VAGABOND PHOTOVAGABOND is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican and Jamaican parents. A graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & the Arts, he attended The School of Visual Arts but dropped out after his first year to work on independent black films such as Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, where he quickly learned all aspects of film making and forged his own alternative aesthetic. >> READ MORE

OMAR VILLEGAS PHOTOOMAR VILLEGAS is an accomplished filmmaker and video professional with a diversity of experience that has established him as a standout in the industry. He is also a director, film producer, writer, poet and photographer. >>READ MORE

ADAM WIER PHOTOADAM WIER is the series editor for 2LP Translations. He graduated as valedictorian of the Winter 2012 class of Hunter College, where he majored in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation and Interdisciplinary Honors Studies. He is also a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s theatre and film program, which he first attended when he arrived in New York City in the summer of 2004. >>READ MORE

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