The Inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellowship – •

[Many thanks to Maritza Stanchich for bringing this item to our attention.] Twenty Puerto Rican writers, together with poets Martín Espada (Nationwide E-book Awards finalist) and María Teresa Fernández Rosario (AKA Mariposa) obtained the inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellowship. The Letras Boricuas Fellowship, created by The Andrew W. Mellon Basis and the Flamboyán Basis’s Arts Fund, goals to complement and maintain literary custom in Puerto Rico and throughout the US diaspora.

The Andrew W. Mellon Basis and the Flamboyan Basis’s Arts Fund right now introduced the inaugural cohort of Letras Boricuas Fellows – 20 Puerto Rican writers whose dynamic work spans genres together with fiction, poetry, inventive nonfiction, and youngsters’s literature. A primary-of-its-kind fellowship, Letras Boricuas was created to determine, elevate, and amplify the voices of rising and established Puerto Rican writers on the island and throughout the US diaspora.

The fellowship offers essential help each throughout the diaspora, and to the neighborhood of writers in Puerto Rico who’ve endured and proceed their observe by way of repeated pure disasters and ongoing political turmoil, regardless of traditionally restricted alternatives to share their work with a broader viewers. By offering unrestricted funds and fostering connection amongst its recipients, the fellowship will help Puerto Rico’s celebrated literary lineage — a self-discipline historically under-resourced and underfunded each in Puerto Rico and in the US — illustrate the range of those writers’ experiences and showcase unbelievable Puerto Rican literary voices.

“Twenty vibrant Puerto Rican voices make up this exceptional preliminary cohort, each resonant and highly effective. These are writers who convey the depth and breadth of Puerto Rico’s tales and histories throughout literary style and a variety of kinds, and who affirm the very important significance of the phrase by way of their work,” says Elizabeth Alexander, President of the Mellon Basis. “We at Mellon are delighted to proceed our multi-year dedication to Puerto Rican writers, and to associate with the Flamboyan Basis to help these 2021 fellows with the unrestricted funding and adaptability that’s so necessary to their craft.”

“The Letras Boricuas Fellowship exemplifies the Flamboyan Arts Fund’s objective of supporting and sustaining Puerto Rico’s vibrant humanities ecosystem. We’re proud to announce a various cohort of 2021 fellows — writers of poetry, fiction, inventive nonfiction, and youngsters’s literature — and to deepen our dedication to this work with the Mellon Basis,” says Carlos Rodríguez Silvestre, Govt Director of Flamboyan Basis Puerto Rico.

The 2021 Letras Boricuas Fellows are:


Amina Lolita Gautier

Cezanne Cardona

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Francisco Font Acevedo

Juanluís Ramos

Luis Negrón

Manolo Núñez Negrón

Sergio Gutiérrez

Inventive Nonfiction

Mercy Romero

Vanessa Mártir

Xavier Valcárcel

Yara Liceaga Rojas


Amanda Hernández

Carmen R. Marín

Francisco Félix

Jonatan María Reyes

María Teresa Fernández Rosario a.okay.a. Mariposa

Martín Espada

Mónica A. Jiménez

Kids’s Literature

Mrinali Álvarez Astacio

The 2021 Letras Boricuas fellows have been chosen by a committee of acclaimed Puerto Rican writers based mostly on the archipelago and in the US, together with Mayra Santos Febres (Puerto Rico-based), Eduardo Lalo (Puerto Rico-based), Félix Joaquín Rivera (Puerto Rico-based), Carina Del Valle Schorske (US-based), Willie Perdomo (US-based), and Aracelis Girmay (US-based).

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