In May I spent a week in Puerto Rico to spend a week with Tara Rodriguez Besosa and farmers and food activists working with the Fondo de Resilienca to help build a more sustainable Puerto Rican food system. I’ve been following Tara’s work for several years and I’m glad to be able to share some … Continued
It was a pleasure to join Alexandra Solomon on WBEZ’s Worldview to talk — along with collaborators Kari Lydersen and Hannah Wiley — about our research into FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, and a host of related subjects. You can listen in here: https://www.wbez.org/shows/worldview.
I was so happy to be able to write this short preview piece about Y no habÍa luz, a San Juan theater company whose work I first saw in 2015, when the mounted a full-length piece, “America,” at that city’s Centro des Bellas Artes. I did not understand one whit of what was going on, … Continued
Checking in with Puerto Rico’s farmers and the chefs and advocates who love them — out in March from Plate Magazine.
I’ve been working on this lengthy investigative piece — on how the potential for a federal program designed to help hurricane evacuees has been, for the most part, squandered in Chicago — for several months, with Kari Lydersen, Gwen Aviles, Isabel S. Dieppa, Hannah Wiley, Jessica Villagomez, and Carla Minet, of the Centro de Periodismo … Continued
In 2014 I wrote a monologue about urban gardening, seeds and weeds, and the redevelopment of the old rail line by my apartment into a bike path and walking trail. I performed it that summer, and then, some months later, revised it into an essay and it was published on Belt Magazine. A scant three years later, … Continued
After Maria, San Juan’s Circo Fest Wants to Make Puerto Rican Circus Stronger Than Ever
When Rick Perlstein asked me to participate in the Writers for Dan Biss event he was organizing for January 27 at In These Times, I asked him what I should prepare to read — what was the theme? He said something about truth, justice, and the American way. So, I decided to talk about Norway. … Continued
“Today is the first day I have been able to tell my story, I feel like all I have been doing until now is surviving, and today I am able to start living.” I’ve spent the past two months working on a story about Puerto Rican resettlement in Chicago in the wake of Hurricane Maria, … Continued
A propos of just about nothing, except that everything everywhere is still as terrifying today as it was at Halloween, here’s a just-finished video snippet documenting A Memory Palace of Fear, the haunted house/immersive theater piece/art experiment I staged with Andrea Jablonski and Theater Oobleck in October. Video footage and editing by Cat Jarboe. … Continued