Monday, August 28, 2023

Boricua Named President Of Academy Of American Poets


The Academy of American Poets, a leading publisher of contemporary poetry and funder of poets in the United States, selected Boricua Ricardo Alberto Maldonado to lead the Academy of American Poets as its new Executive Director and President in a history-making appointment.

“We searched for a leader who was not merely seeking a job in poetry, but who was already fully invested in living out the vocation of poetry. As a poet, translator, and arts administrator, Ricardo Maldonado brings to the Academy of American Poets an intense passion for our mission, stellar nonprofit leadership experience, strong project management skills, a commitment to education and community-building, and a depth of knowledge about American poetry from the nineteenth century poets to the cutting-edge voices of today,” said Board Chair Tess O’Dwyer.

Ricardo Maldonado is the first Latino to lead this national academy

Prior, he was the co-director of 92NY’s Unterberg Poetry Center in New York City, where he produced one of the nation’s most prestigious reading series. Among his many contributions, he founded Young Writers Workshop for high school students, Teacher’s Workshops, and residencies for Spanish-speaking poets.

“I believe, to quote the Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton, ‘that poetry, like bread, is for everyone,’” said Maldonado about his appointment.  "I am honored to carry forward the organization’s mission of serving readers and supporting poets at all stages of their careers.”

Over the decades, the Academy of American Poets has published a number of famous Puerto Rican poems, including:

Soy Boricua by Giannina Braschi

Puerto Rico by Victor Hernández Cruz

Puerto Rican Obituary by Pedro Pietri

Visit to read these and thousands of other poems for free.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Orocovis the Heart of Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico Central Mountain Region

Orocovis is a charming town located in the heart of the Central Mountains region of Puerto Rico. It was founded on April 8, 1825, by Juan de Rivera, a Spanish immigrant who settled in the area. Orocovis is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.

During its early history, Orocovis was primarily an agricultural community, with coffee and sugarcane being the main crops. The town's fertile land and favorable climate provided an ideal environment for these crops to thrive. Over time, Orocovis expanded its agricultural activities to include fruits, vegetables, and livestock farming. The town colors of Orocovis are green and gold. Green symbolizes the lush and vibrant landscapes that surround the town, while gold represents the resilience, strength, and determination of its people.


Local Sites of Interest

Orocovis boasts several sites of interest that showcase its unique cultural and natural attractions. One such site is the Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park, which offers thrilling outdoor activities like ziplining, canopy tours, and hiking. It is renowned for having the second-longest zipline in the world, known as "The Monster," providing visitors with an adrenaline-pumping experience and breathtaking views of the lush mountains. Another notable attraction is the Caja de Muertos Eco Reserve, located on the outskirts of Orocovis. This protected natural area encompasses an island known for its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and diverse marine life. Visitors can explore the island, swim, snorkel, and enjoy the tranquil beauty of this ecological gem.

Orocovis is also home to the Nuestra Señora de la Merced Catholic Church, which is located in the town square. This historic church, built in the early 20th century, features stunning Spanish colonial architecture and is a prominent place of worship for the residents of Orocovis. It serves as a cultural and spiritual centerpiece, hosting religious celebrations and events throughout the year. The town celebrates her feast day on September 24th with a series of religious processions, music, dance, and traditional food. This vibrant celebration brings the community together to honor their patron saint and showcase their deep-rooted faith and traditions.

In Conclusion

Orocovis is a town with a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and a deep sense of community. Founded in 1825 by Juan de Rivera, it has developed into a place that captivates visitors with its natural wonders, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality. The town's green and gold colors reflect its lush landscapes and resilient spirit. With attractions like Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park, Caja de Muertos Eco Reserve, and the Nuestra Señora de la Merced Catholic Church, Orocovis offers a unique and unforgettable experience for those seeking to explore the beauty and charm of Puerto Rico's Central Mountains regio