CULTURE SHOCK: Emanuel Xavier, Caridad de la Luz, Bonafide Rojas

Date & Time

Last event was Saturday, April 23, 2016


The 10th Avenue Square and Overlook

Join us for inspirational and moving performances by three of today's leading Nuyorican poets: Caridad de la Luz, Bonafide Rojas, and Emanuel Xavier. These artists, through published and staged works, have validated the Puerto Rican experience in the United States and given voice to anyone who has suffered from marginalization, ostracism, and discrimination through poems that inspire and dare to dream of a better, blissful world. Curated by Emanuel Xavier.

In the event of rain or inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled to Saturday, April 30, same time.

Emanuel Xavier, an LGBT History Month Icon, is author of the poetry collections Nefarious, Americano, Pier Queen, and If Jesus Were Gay & other poems. A former homeless gay teen, street hustler, and eventual hate crime survivor, his often narrative poems feature themes which continue to inspire new generations of confessional poetry. He is also a longtime gay rights activist, AIDS activist, and homeless youth advocate.

Caridad De La Luz is a Bronx-born performer known as LA BRUJA. In 2014 she was awarded Comité Noviembre's Puerto Rican Women Legacy Award, in 2013 The Edgar Allan Poe Award from The Bronx Historical Society and honored as A Bronx Living Legend by The Bronx Music Heritage Center. She was presented with a Citation of Merit from The Bronx Borough President and named "Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know."

Bonafide Rojas is the author of Renovatio, When The City Sleeps, and Pelo Bueno. He has been published in numerous journals and publications and has appeared on Def Poetry Jam and Spitting Ink. He is the bandleader of The Mona Passage and he founded the NYC-based publishing house Grand Concourse Press. He splits his time between New York City and Puerto Rico.

Culture Shock is generously supported by Adam Norbury & R. Martin Chavez.
Public Programs on the High Line are supported by Altman Foundation. These programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.