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Meet The Artists, April 25th ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Updated: Apr 23

Tanja Höehne

Bob Holman (hosting)

Susan Hwang  (, FB: @susanhwanglalala , IG: soozee3)

Nancy Mercado (guest poet and speaker)

Xiolynn (IG: @xiodabomb)


Beth Bliss

Healer, educator, archivist, writer & community organizer, Beth "Bliss" Corona ( @bethanie.corona1 ) is a multifaceted artist (Activist + artist) who heals through our creative community, she collaborates with independent artists and grassroots organizations to develop sacred spaces and projects to unpack trauma, intersectionality, and to preserve our culture.   She is a 2023 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant Award recipient.


Liz Casanova

Liz Casanova pours boundless creativity into soulful singing and songwriting, infusing each piece with authenticity and depth.

“…as a Nuyorican myself, I know that freestyle music was and still is pivotal in our culture. Whatever piece I may do, it will have that element in the background for sure.”


John S. Hall

John S. Hall is a poet/spoken word artist, musician and singer-songwriter, primarily known as the lead lyricist and vocalist of the band King Missile.

He performed a major retrospective of his work in 2021 at the Satanic Temple in Salem, MA and in 2022, he read his poetry as part of the Whitney Biennial in New York. Since January of 2022, he has posted on social media at least five new poems every day, and seven on Saturdays and Sundays.



Margo L. Terry (luxlun) is a Multimedia Artist, Author, and yogi born and based in Brownsville Brooklyn, NY. In 2016 she graduated from Stony Brook University where she studied English and Africana Studies. She began her independent studies thereafter in metaphysics, neuroscience, astronomy, eastern philosophy, and world religions. In 2021 she became a certified yoga teacher. Her experiences, studies and rituals have deeply influenced her work. In 2019 she released her first EP "Rugrat". In 2020 she released her first chapbook “Gutter Water”. 


Bob Holman

Bob worked at St Marks Church Poetry project from 1977-84, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe 1988-95, and opened the Bowery Poetry Club in 2002. In between he taught poetry and performance at the New School, Bard, Columbia, NYU and Princeton.


Nancy Mercado

Nancy Mercado is the recipient of the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. She was named one of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Frederick Douglass on the occasion of his bicentennial, by The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. She also received the Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Distinguished Service Award presented by the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc., among others.

Mercado is the editor of the first Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology published in Voices e/Magazine, Hunter College-CUNY. She authored: It Concerns the Madness (Long Shot), Las Tres Hermanas (Casita Maria), edited if the world were mine (an independent YA anthology), and authored seven (7) theater plays, all produced. 

She has featured at: New York City’s Public Theater, the University of Nantes, France, in Havana Cuba at Casa de las Americas (by invitation from the renowned Cuban poet Roberto Fernandez Retamar), Wiesbaden, Germany with the Billy Bang Quintet, on public television, and on national public radio, among others. 

Nancy Mercado is a writer, editor, educator, and activist for more information on her work go to:


Puma Perl

Puma Perl is a poet, writer, producer, and performer with five solo collections in print. She plays regularly with her band Puma Perl and Friends. She lives and works on the LES.



Y? is an omni-dimensional Artivist (artist+activist) from Jamaica Queens NYC. Through HipHop culture and “jazz,” his words, melodies and sounds flowed onto stages and studios locally and internationally. After training in audio engineering and music production in world class studios he searched for a greater purpose. Y? used his artistic skills to serve youth and community working as artist educator composing and performing original thematic music across the globe for himself and others. This led him to found allowing this purpose driven work to develop him personally and professionally musician, vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer without limitation via the mantra “Show Love.”

Spotify: Whynotshowlove

FB: Yogi Guy

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