Bobby Gonzalez


Author's Bio

Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, Bobby Gonzalez grew up in a bicultural environment. Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrates his indigenous heritage.

Bobby has lectured at many institutions including Yale University, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Mississippi.

As a storyteller he’s had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Television & Radio and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has given poetry readings at the National Museum of the American Indian, the University of North Dakota and the Nuyorican Poets Café.

He is the author of several books including “The Last Puerto Rican Indian: a Collection of Dangerous Poetry” and “TAINO ZEN.”

Bobby González seeks to empower his audiences by encouraging them to embrace their heritage and use this knowledge to create a dynamic future.

As an individual proud of his Native American, Latino, African and European ancestry, Bobby is a messenger of hope, pride and love of diversity.

Bobby is the event coordinator & master of ceremonies for the annual BRONX NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL at Pelham Bay Park.

Publications & Prizes

Taino Zen: Poetry From the South Bronx Reservation (Cemi Press, 2014)
The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry (Cemi Press, 2011)
Prizes won: 

2018-2019 New York City Indian of the Year

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Joy Harjo, John Trudell, Leslie Marmon Silko, Ana Castillo. Walter Mosely.
What I'm reading now: 
Garden Time by W.S. Merwin

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Native American
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Born in: 
Bronx, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Bronx, NY
New York
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Last update: May 17, 2020