As a teaching artist, I have taught bilingual workshops of poetry to seniors in the Washington Heights community, in Manhattan. Originally, this program was possible thanks to an artistic residency awarded to me by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2019). I was also supported by Materials for the Arts.
I worked for six months with a group of senior ladies at Star Senior Center, where we weekly met to create texts and think about poetics in sessions conducted in English and Spanish. We had visiting poets, and a public event where they read their new poems in front of their families and friends.
I am currently working on the expansion and sustainability of this program to teach to a broader community of senior artists, who will find meaning and purpose in their life through poetry in their mother and adoptive tongues.