In partnership with the popular New York City Reading Series Page Meets Stage, The Crossover is a quarterly event where fellows and writers associated with Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, Apicha Community Health Center and other like-minded organizations are paired with emerging teen poets from Urban Word NYC to engage in a reading and conversation about their works. Each event will pair voice of young artist with organizations that create space for and support the work of communities underrepresented in American letters.




Rigoberto González is the author four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include two bilingual children’s books, the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series, the novel Crossing Vines, the story collection Men Without Bliss, and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Alurista’s new and selected volume Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. As of 2016, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times and on the board of trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.


Khalin Vasquez is a 19 year old Boricua poet from Brooklyn. You can most likely find her at an open mic or battling the forces of gentrification. She’s performed at Lincoln Center, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Apollo Theatre, and several other spots around the city. Khalin is part of the Urban Word Slam Team, and will travel to Washington, DC this summer to represent NYC at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival. She is currently studying English at Hunter College


Date: June 22, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
144 West 65th St.
New York, NY 10023 United States 
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