Join us for a very special Palabra Pura with Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta and Vincent Toro–two amazing Latinx poets in from NYC!–as we talk about memory, language and the way mythology moves through the modern experience.


Where: Pint Chicago

1547 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park, 60622

Thursday June 22 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM


We are proud to present a night of amazing poetic depth:

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta will read selections from her memoir, Chica!Go!: An Afro-Latina Punk Odyssey; and First Spanish: Essays that Re-Imagine Logan Square, which focuses on the Latinx people of Logan Square during the 1970s-1990s and re-imagines the space to properly reflect their contributions. As the first person in her family to be born in Chicago, Dr. Acosta’s work is deeply rooted in the city, yet her Cuban and Colombian heritage greatly flavor her poetry and prose. Much of her work–which is influenced by Chicago house music, the 1980s punk movement, and science fiction–straddles the lines that separate song lyrics, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, fiction, and sci-fi. Her work is a hybrid that is truly Chicago.


Vincent Toro will be performing work from his award-winning poetry collection, STEREO.ISLAND.MOSAIC.   The book employs methods adopted from music and visual arts to re-examine and re-create Caribbean Latinx history and mythology. Central to the work is Cuban scholar Antonio Benitez-Rojo’s concept of The Repeating Island, the notion that for Caribbean people time is circular and multi-directional.

Poet Natalie Diaz, who selected STEREO. ISLAND. MOSAIC. for The Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, says this about the collection:

“Toro is singing a call and response to the rich and deep history of Puerto Rican poetry, and it’s one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time. This book is a stereo belting out Spanish and English, sirening you in its fields of sea and cane. Like both the sea and the cane, the book is at once salt and sweet.”


Note, there will be no open mic for Palabra Pura, but stick around

because Pint has its Comedy Open Mic beginning at 10:00 PM!

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is an associate professor in the English Department of Bronx Community College-CUNY. She received her Ph.D. in English—Latinx literature, from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has presented and published her creative and scholarly work in London, England; Cartagena, Colombia; Catalonia, Spain; and throughout the United States.  Her creative work is in In Full Color: A Collection of Stories by Women of ColorLove You Madly: Poems About JazzNineteen Sixty Nine: An Ethnic Studies JournalVoices de la LunaMiPoesiasPembroke MagazinePrivate International Photo Review, ¡Tex! Magazine, the NAACP Image Award nominated Check the Rhyme, Chicago’s After Hours JournalThe Reproductive Freedom Anthology, and work forthcoming in Basta!: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women, The Lauryn Hill Reader, Paterson Literary Review, American Studies Journal, and the Chicana/Latina Studies Journal.  Her scholarly articles and essays can be found in The Routledge Companion to Latino/a LiteratureAfrican American Women’s LanguageThe Handbook of Latinos and EducationWestern American LiteratureDiálogo, Salon, English Kills Review, The Kenyon Review, and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She has received fellowships/grants from The Aspen Institute, Creative Capital, Kweli Journal, and CUNY, and was awarded UTSA Volunteer of the Year, and most recently BCC’s Latinx Faculty of the Year.

Vincent Toro is the author or STEREO.ISLAND.MOSAIC., which was awarded Ahsahta Press’s Sawtooth Poetry Prize and The Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He has an MFA in poetry from Rutgers and is contributing editor for Kweli Literary Journal. He is recipient of a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, The Caribbean Writer’s Cecile De Jongh Poetry Prize, and the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting AwardVincent’s poems have been published in The Buenos Aires Review, Codex, Rattle, The Cortland Review,VinylThe Hawai’I ReviewWashington Square Review, and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. Vincent teaches at Bronx Community College, is writing liaison at The Cooper Union’s Saturday Program, and is a poet in the schools for The Dreamyard Project and the Dodge Poetry Foundation.

STEREO.ISLAND.MOSAIC. will be available for purchase and signing at this event, and can also be purchased though the publisher (Ahsahta Press) at:


And though the Small Press Distribution:

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