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Nancy Mercado

Author's Bio

Nancy Mercado is a guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics and assistant editor for Eco-poetry.org; a web site dedicated to addressing the issue of climate crises. She also created Eco-Poetry's companion FaceBook page. In April 2014, Mercado traveled to Havana, Cuba by invitation, where she presented her work at Cuba’s seminal cultural institution; Casa de las Americas. A writer, editor, activist and educator, Mercado was featured on National Public Radio’s The Talk of the Nation and the PBS NewsHour Special: America Remembers 9/11. Also featured in The Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Literature (Facts on File), she is profiled in Latino Leaders Magazine, as “one of the most celebrated members of the Puerto Rican literary movement in the Big Apple.” She served as the guest editor of Phati’tude Literary Magazine’s issue; ¿What’s in a Nombre? Writing Latin@ Identity in America and as an editor of the acclaimed underground literary and art publication: Long Shot, for 11 years; also serving as the publication’s editor-in-chief for one of those years. Nancy Mercado’s work has been extensively anthologized in numerous award winning literary collections such as Looking Out Looking In: Anthology of Latino Poetry (Arte Publico Press), Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets Tenth Anniversary Edition (Melville House Publishers), Powwow, American Short Fiction from Then to Now, edited by Ishmael Reed (Da Capo Press) and Changer L’Amérique Anthologie De La Poésie Protestataire Des USA (Maison De La Poésie). The author of It Concerns the Madness (Long Shot Productions) and the editor of if the world were mind; a children’s’ anthology published by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Mercado also authored 7 theater plays which have all been produced. Nancy Mercado continues to present her work throughout the US and abroad as a featured poet and conference panelist. She received her PhD from Binghamton University, SUNY and works as an Associate Professor where she resides in New York City.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
It Concerns the Madness (Long Shot, 2000)
Anthologies:
Estrellas en el Fuego (Rogue Scholars Press, 2014), Looking Out Looking In: Anthology of Latino Poetry (Arte Publico Press, 2013), Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012 (Editorial Campana, 2012), Kiss the Sky: Fiction & Poetry Starring Jimi Hendrix (Paycock Press, 2007), Bowery Women: Poems (YBK Publishers, 2006), In the Arms of Words: Poems for Tsunami Relief (Foothills Publishing, 2005), U.S. Latino Literature Today (Longman/Pearson, 2004), From Totems To Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002 (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003), Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets (Melville House Publications, 2002), Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to be American (Viking/Penguin, 1999), ALOUD, Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café (Henry Holt, 1994)
Journals:
A Gathering of the Tribes, Black Renaissance Noire, Paterson Literary Review, phati'tude Literary Magazine, Rattapallax
Prizes:
Clark Fellowship of Binghamton University- SUNY

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: March 20, 2015

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Feminist, Latino/Latina, Mixed Race, Puerto Rican
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English, Spanish

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