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Nuyorican Voices: Poet, Artist Sandra Maria Esteves

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Sandra Maria Esteves is a poet and artist from the Bronx. She is of Dominican, Puerto Rican, and African-American heritage. Esteves is known for her involvement in the Nuyorican poetry movement, and her poetry frequently addresses issues of social justice, environmentalism, and personal growth. She has authored several collections of poetry, including “Yerba Buena” (1981), “Undelivered Love Poems” (1997), and “Portal” (2007). Additionally, Esteves has released two spoken-word poetry albums, “Wildflowers” (2009) and “DivaNations” (2010).
Esteves’ work has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including Breaking Ground, An Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012 (2012, edited by Myrna Nieves), The Afro-Latin Reader, History and Culture in the United States (2010, edited by Miriam Jiménez and Juan Flores), and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (1994, edited by Miguel Algarín and Bob Holman). 

Her achievements include receiving awards from distinguished organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts, Acentos Poetry Collective, and Blind Beggar Press. Esteves has previously worked as the executive director of the African Caribbean Poetry Theater and has presented her works at prestigious institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and the Kennedy Center. She currently resides in New York City.
Sandra María Esteves es una poeta y artista del Bronx. Ella es de ascendencia dominicana, puertorriqueña y afroamericana. Esteves es conocida por su participación en el movimiento de poesía nuyorican, y su poesía aborda con frecuencia temas de justicia social, ambientalismo y crecimiento personal. Es autora de varias colecciones de poesía, entre ellas “Yerba Buena” (1981), “Undelivered Love Poems” (1997) y “Portal” (2007). Además, Esteves ha lanzado dos álbumes de poesía hablada, “Wildflowers” (2009) y “DivaNations” (2010).
El trabajo de Esteves también ha aparecido en numerosas antologías, entre ellas Breaking Ground, An Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012 (2012, editado por Myrna Nieves), The Afro-Latin Reader, History and Culture in the United States ( 2010, editado por Miriam Jiménez y Juan Flores), y Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (1994, editado por Miguel Algarín y Bob Holman).
Sus logros incluyen recibir premios de organizaciones distinguidas como el National Endowment for the Arts, la New York Foundation for the Arts, el Bronx Council on the Arts, Acentos Poetry Collective y Blind Beggar Press. Esteves trabajó anteriormente como directora ejecutiva del African Caribbean Poetry Theatre y ha presentado sus obras en prestigiosas instituciones como el Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian y el Kennedy Center. Actualmente reside en la ciudad de Nueva York.

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