Portuguese American Journal

KSFS: Kale Soup for the Soul to present poetry readings – East Coast

Award-winning, Portuguese-American writers will travel to Providence (RI) and Dartmouth (MA) to deliver two writing workshops and present four public readings at Rhode Island College, Brown University and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Associated with the KSFS (Kale Soup for the Soul) reading series, the group will read poems, stories and memoirs about family, food and Portuguese culture. Readers include Carlo Matos, Amy Sayre Baptista, Millicent Borges Accardi, Paula Neves and Nancy Vieira Couto.

For Amy Sayre Baptista, one of the readers, “KSFS brings together geographically diverse Portuguese-Americans writers telling stories about who they are and not what they are. The questions may have started at ‘Where You’re From,’ but the art that answers is an entirely new landscape, and I am most honored to get to live in that space each time we gather together and make it a new.”

In 2012, the KSFS reading premiered at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago as an offsite event during the Associated Writing Programs and Writers annual conference. A lively, diverse audience of 100 came out to hear nationally-known Portuguese-American writers read poems, stories and memoirs about family, food and Portuguese culture.  The event was also live-streamed online to 500 viewers around the world. This was the first poetry group reading event featuring Portuguese-American writers.

In March of 2013, the second installment of KSFS was held in Boston at the Portuguese Consulate. Authors participating included Nancy Vieira Couto (New York); Carlo Matos (Illinois); Brian Sousa (Rhode Island); Tony John Roma (California); Paula Neves (New Jersey); Amy Sayre Baptista (Illinois); and Lara Gularte (California). In May there were KSFS readings at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem and the Valente Branch Library in Cambridge.

The group has also been featured at roundtable readings in Lisbon (Neither Here nor There conference), the American Portuguese Studies Association conference at the University of Iowa, Cal. State Stanislaus, Austin Poetry Festival, and The Pages of Ferry Street readings in Newark, New Jersey.

KSFS Poetry Reading Schedule

Rhode Island College – Thursday, November 14th

600 Mt Pleasant Ave.  Providence RI 02908

(401) 456-8000

Workshop:10:00-12:00 AM  (Kale Soup for the Soul reading, Q and A and poetry workshop)

Reading: 2:00-4:00 PM (second Kale Soup for the Soul, Q and A, poetry workshop)

Special thanks to sponsor: Silvia Oliveira, Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Faculty Liaison for the Institute of Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies (IPLWS) at Rhode Island College

Writers: Carlo Matos, Amy Sayre Baptista, Millicent Borges Accardi and Paula Neves.

Brown University – Thursday, November 14th

1 Magee St, Providence RI

Celebrating the Gávea-Brown Anthology and Kale Soup for the Soul

Reading: 6:00 PM Brown University

Contact coordinator Armanda Silva

(401) 863-3042

Special thanks to Onésimo T. Almeida, George Monteiro, and Alice R. Clemente, professors of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University

Writers: Nancy Vieira Couto, Carlo Matos, Amy Sayre Baptista, Millicent Borges Accardi and Paula Neves.

UMass Dartmouth – Friday, November 15th

Prince Henry Society Reading Room @ Ferreira-Mendes, the Portuguese-American Archives

285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth MA 02747

Reading 5:30 PM

(508) 999-8750

Special thanks to Sonia Pacheco Bush Archives Librarian for the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and Gloria de Sa, Faculty Director of Archives.

Writers: Nancy Vieira Couto, Carlo Matos, Amy Sayre Baptista, Millicent Borges Accardi and Paula Neves.

For further information contact Millicent Borges Accardi at MillB@aol.com

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