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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Johanny Vazquez Paz  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: in San Juan, Puerto Rico

-- Johanny Vazquez Paz on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Johanny currently teaches Spanish at Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Johanny has published in numerous literary magazines and is represented in several important anthologies of Latina poets. Very active on the Chicago poetry scene, she hosts the Guild Complex Bilingual Series Palabra Pura.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Poemas Callejeros/Streetwise Poems
ISBN: 0932412467

Mayapple Press. 2007

Streetwise Poems / Poemas Callejeros, a bilingual Spanish/English collection of poems with translations by author Johanny Vázquez Paz, explores the collision between Latina Caribbean and Midwest urban in the poet s life experience. Paz conveys a vivid sense of the rough and rugged streets of Chicago framed against the memory of life in Puerto Rico. She sees an alley where dogs dig and drunks pass out but lovers can still find romance she marvels at worn-out shoes and reports her current life ironically to those who stayed behind. These poems explore the persistence and significance of the author's Puerto Rican sensibility in her Midwestern daily life.

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