Spoken word artist Willie Perdomo is rapidly gaining national recognition as one of the new voices to emerge from the Nuyorican Poets Café. His work has been featured on PBS and HBO, and he is the author of several collections of poetry including his debut, Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, which invites the reader to "hang out" in the 'hood as he bears witness to life in East Harlem. His other collections of poetry include Postcards of El Barrio, Smoking Lovely, and Visiting Langston - a children's picture-book introduction to the legendary Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Perdomo received the 1996 New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship and the 2001 NYFA Poetry Fellowship.
This event is co-sponsored by Young Chicago Authors, the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and the Chicago Public Library Humboldt Park Branch.
Recorded Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at Chicago Public Library-Humboldt Park Branch.