The Legacy of Julia de Burgos: A Reading with Magda Martínez

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The cultural heart of Latino Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño has been uniting local groups through art for 40 years, and its outreach efforts and multidisciplinary focus have been lauded for their excellence. Based in North Philly, Taller’s planned expansion into new facilities is a testament to the success of their community-centric programs, which often bridge the past, present and future.

Earlier this month marked the 100th birthday of Julia de Burgos, one of Latin America’s most enduring poetic voices. An advocate for Puerto Rican independence throughout her lifetime, de Burgos was an outspoken civil rights activist whose prose and poetry earned her tremendous respect and admiration globally, specifically from Chilean legend Pablo Neruda. Her standing as an indelible female voice in the Latino diaspora has continued to build since her untimely death in 1953 at the young age of 39.

To honor Burgos’ memory weeks after what would’ve been her 100th birthday, Taller has enlisted Philadelphia-based poet and playwright Magda Martínez, the nationally-recognized spoken-word performer who serves as director of programs for Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial and was one of 12 women to be honored with the Leeway Foundation’s inaugural Transformation Award in 2005. This afternoon, Martínez carries de Burgos’ brilliant flame high, reading selections of the late writer’s work and hosting a meet-and-greet afterward. // DANIEL GELB

3pm. Free. Taller Puertorriqueño, 2721 N. Fifth St. 215.426.3311. tallerpr.org

 

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
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2721 N. Fifth St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/15/2014. .

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