We always hear that women are petty, caddy, and can’t work together. Oh I have news for you! These two powerhouse Latina women are here to prove those tired ass sayings wrong! You may be thinking, who are these women you speak of? Well, they are Wendy Angulo and Iyawo Peggy Robles-Alvarado.
Iyawo Peggy Robles-Alvarado is one of the most amazing magical women I have ever met. This woman who wears many titles proudly is known for always giving her all in anything she does. She is always willing to help her people because she believes that we can all succeed when we help each other. I am always in awe of her essence, a truly beautiful soul.
Iyawo Peggy Robles-Alvarado also has a production company, Robleswrites. Roblewrites was created to empower the community by offering opportunities where the arts can be seen and heard. Because of this, Wendy Angulo and her have teamed up to produce Canvas of Words an Art and Poetry annual festival because she believed in Wendy’s determination to create greatness since its inception. And here we are now on Canvas of Words third installment with its theme ‘Preserving Our Roots’, where the fire that was ignited a year ago is still burning.
Please enjoy this wonderful interview where we get to know Iyawo Peggy Robles-Alvarado, on how Wendy and her connected, and why this year’s show is important along with a few spoiler alerts!
Beauty, Brains, and Blogging: Please tell us about yourself, the work you do, and how did you connect with Wendy Angulo?
IPRA: I am a mother, abuela, award winning performance poet, writer, producer, tenured educator, magic making boca grande born in New York City to a no holds barred Dominican madre and an industrious Puerto Rican padre. I am currently producing and supporting literary events, workshops and festivals in the Bronx and Queens through Robleswrites Productions.
I met Wendy Angulo during a poetry performance in Queens several years ago. After learning of Wendy’s love of poetry and prose and her ability to weave dreams into reality through a powerful combination of diligence, planning and passion, I didn’t hesitate in supporting her vision of creating an annual art and poetry festival now known as Canvas Of Words. She and I stem from the same fundamental tenet that believes that we can breathe life into anything we put our energy into by kicking fear in the face and asking others for help.
BBB: Tell us about the collaboration between Wendy Angulo Productions and Robleswrites Productions to create the show. And what can we look forward to at this year’s 3rd installment of Canvas of Words?
Our collaboration was very natural and in the same manner that it began it continues to be today. It is based on reciprocity as well as respect for each other as mujerones making moves. Wendy Angulo and Robleswrites Productions wants to continue to provide a platform where artists can share their creative power with the community.
IPRA: The third installment of Canvas of Words focuses on the idea of preserving our roots, the origins of self, and what that means to each featured performer. Poets from diverse backgrounds will share their perception of history, justice, familial ties, social rejection and frame their identities through pain, loss, love or the joy of music. This year we have an emerging poet and professional dancer who will use movement and verse to tell of her experience as a Dominicana en Nueva York. We will also pay homage to 5 Points with our featured graffiti artist Myse and a surprise guest who will close the show in true b boy fashion! This show is not to be missed! Tickets will be available at the door. ¡Te esperamos!
Yes! She said it all! Be there! We are one day away and believe me, the poets, the performances, the host, and the producers are going to give us an unforgettable show. One for the books.
Let’s go!! Get your tickets.
This has been Beauty, Brains and Blogging approved!! 😉