Entre el sol y la nieve: escritos de fin de siglo
Between the Sun and Snow: Written at the End of the Century
MYRNA NIEVES is an award-winning writer, cultural activist and educator born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and raised in Camuy, Puerto Rico. She has lived in New York since 1972. A founding member and professor at Boricua College, she served as the director of the college’s Winter Poetry Series for twenty years.
Her published works are Another Version of Hansel and Gretel/ Otra versión de Hansel y Gretel (Taller Asiray and And Then, 2014), El Caribe: paraíso y paradoja: visiones del intelectual en Alejo Capentier y Emilio Díaz Valcárcel (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2012), Viaje a la lluvia, poemas (Mairena, 2003), Libreta de sueños (narraciones) (EDUPR, 1997, PEN Club Fiction Award 1998); and she is the editor of Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012/Abriendo caminos: antología de escritoras puertorriqueñas en Nueva York 1980-2012 (Campana, 2012). Her work has been included in many print and online literary journals, including The Poetry Project, And Then, Brújula-Compass, Red y Acción, The Gathering of the Tribes, Letras salvajes: Poesía de la diáspora puertorriqueña en español, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies’ Letras, phati’tude, and eco-poetry.org.
Nieves is co-author/compiler of the section of Puerto Rico for the anthologies of Mujeres como islas II poemas (2011), and Mujeres como islas (cuentos, 2002), co-author of the poetry and prose collection, Tripartita: Earth, Dreams, Powers (1990), and the publications Moradalsur (2000), Guaíza (1986), and Lugar sin límite (1978). She also produced and performed in Directory of Dreams, a dramatization of her narrative for the Nuyorican Poets Café (1999).
Nieves’ work has been anthologized in Mujeres/98; Language Crossings: Negotiating the Self in a Multicultural World; Enlaces: Transnacionalidad-El Caribe y su Diáspora; Conversación entre escritoras del Caribe Hispano (Volume II), Antología de la poesía cósmica puertorriqueña, Cuando narradoras latinoamericanas narran en Estados Unidos (Argentina), Voces sin fronteras II: Cuentos y poemas (Canada), Campo de los Patos: Revista Asturiana de Cultura Poesía (Spain), Stars in the Fire (Estrellas en el fuego): Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word Performance Stravaganza 2014 (USA), and Me No Habla With Acento. Contemporary Latino Poetry (USA, 2011), and served as a monthly columnist for New York’s newspaper-magazine Nosotros los latinos (1995-1998). She has appeared at many readings, festivals and performances, notably the Center for Puerto Rican Studies/Hunter College’s Meet the Author series to present her anthology, Breaking Ground (2013), The International Book Fair of La Havana (2012), the Poesía Caribe literary events in Puerto Rico (2011), Speak Up! Speak Out! Poetry Series at El Museo del Barrio (2010-2011), and was a guest poet for The Latina Poets Festival of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (2007).
Nieves earned a BA in World Literature at the University of Puerto Rico (Magna Cum Laude), a MA in Spanish at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean Literature at New York University. Awards and recognitions include the Education and Poetry Award from the Instituto de Puerto Rico in New York (2013), Professional Achievement Award in Literature from Boricua College (2008), Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Literature from the National Federation of Puerto Rican Pioneers (2001), “Outstanding Latina of the United States” by El Diario La Prensa (1998), Literary Award of the PEN Club of Puerto Rico (1998), guest writer at the Library of Congress for The National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (1997) and a recognition by its New York Chapter in 2007.
PHOTO CREDIT: George Malavé © 2007