Amira Mustapha is a Ghanaian-American Bronx-based artist who, in 2010, founded Art Defined Productions, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create a platform for literary and performance artists to explore, create, develop, and see their work come to life. As part of her mission, Amira has developed a successful and well-attended monthly spoken-word showcase and open mic called Poetic Affair, which also highlights a featured artist. Additionally, Amira is spearheading a community for artists to grow and prosper through a mentorship program forthcoming in 2021.
Amira Mustapha has been awarded multiple Community Arts and Arts Fund Grants from the Bronx Council on the Art since 2013. She also garnered yearly support from the “nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers” Poets and Writers, Inc since 2014. In 2019, The Bharati Foundation Leadership Award was presented to Amira for her service, dedication, and commitment to connecting resources to those in need.
Peggy Robles- Alvarado is a 2021 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner. She is also a BRIO award winner with fellowships from CantoMundo, Desert Nights Rising Stars, The Frost Place, VONA, Academy for Teachers, and The Home School. Peggy is a three-time International Latino Book Award winner who authored Conversations With My Skin (2011), and Homage To The Warrior Women (2012). Through Robleswrites Productions, she created The Abuela Stories Project (2016) and Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse (2017). Her work has appeared in The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, ¡Manteca! an Anthology of Afro- Latin@ Poets by Arte Publico Press, great weather for MEDIA, What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump and The Soul Sister Revue Anthology.
Online she has been published in Tribes.org, The Quarry at Split This Rock, The Common, 92Y.org #wordswelivein, Centro Voices Letras Literary Journal, NACLA.org and served as guest editor for The Acentos Review: Performance of Breath issue August 2019. As a performance poet her work has been featured in HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Pregones Theater, Harlem 9 Presents: 48 Hours En El Bronx, Smithsonian Institute- Museum of the American Indian, Pen America World Voices Festival, Harvard University, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Tampa, FL, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and NYU Latinx Caribbean Poetry Festival. For more visit Robleswrites.com.
Juan Ramirez, Jr. is a Borinquén-Chapín-Bronx playwright, monologist, director, screenwriter, filmmaker, poet and producer. His play Calling Puerto Rico made Second Round for the Austin Film Festival, is a Miranda Family Voces Latinx Finalist with Repertorio Español, a 2020 BAPF Finalist and a recipient of the 2019 BRIO Award.
Notable produced works include Ridin‘ Shotgun (Best Play Downtown Urban Arts Festival), The American Dream (NAV Playwrights Festival, BBTF), Wall (LaTea, Cimientos), Stroke of Madness (Ingenio Milagro, Cimientos) and Don Juan (Dixon Place). Semi-finalists include Jimmy’s Tab (2011 Princess Grace). His horror short Alone With My Demons won Inwood Art Works’ NYC Quarantine Film Festival’s Best Bronx Film. He is a Dramatist Guild member, 2020-2021 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the founder of The PlayPen collective and R&R Productions with his wife Cristy Reynoso. He is a film assessor, script reader, dramaturg and teaching artist. He received his B.A. from Lehman College and his MFA from NYU Tisch. www.JuanRamirezJr.com