Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Yara Liceaga-Rojas

I am a queer Afro-Caribbean mother, poet, writer, performer, cultural worker, and educator, born in Puerto Rico, who currently resides in Cambridge, MA. My projects revolve around origin, gender, race, class, longing, loss, affective labor, and the visibility of marginalized subjects. In 2019 I became a Brother Thomas Fellow.

I'm the co-founder, curator, and coordinator of the multi-disciplinary artist performance series Poetry Is Busy, a project that has been supported by the Cambridge Arts Council, Kindle Project LLC and Municipio de San Juan and has been presented in the United States at the Democracy Center, in Cambridge, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts Gallery and the Boston Book Festival's Lit Crawl, in Boston, and Middlebury College in Vermont as well as multiple venues in Puerto Rico including the Museum of Contemporary Art. Poetry Is Busy gathers artists across disciplines (such as musicians, writers, performers, visual and audiovisual artists) and centers cis, trans, and gender-nonconforming women and femmes, and/or People of Color of various origins and indigenous folks, who are not usually given the space to perform our art.

I'm the author of five poetry books: Hacernos el adiós (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2019), Acentos espesos/Thick Accents (Taller Mujer Orquesta, 2018, recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City 2018 grant); Cielo Riel (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017); Época Opaca (Atarraya Cartonera, 2015); and El Mundo No Es Otra Cosa/The World Is None Other (La Secta de los Perros Editores, 2014). Most recently, my work has been published in the anthologies Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press, 2018) and Isla Escrita: Antología de la Poesía de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana (Amargord Ediciones, 2018).

As an educator, I offer a variety of workshops in Spanish and English and have facilitated several for artists and writers with The Boston Foundation, Assets4Artists, and GrubStreet. 

Additional Links: 
Poem March 2020 Coronavirus' Social Distancing
With This Evening Of Rituals, Members Of The Puerto Rican Diaspora Grapple With The Trauma Of Hurricane Maria
Twelve Greater Boston artists named Brother Thomas Fellows for 2019
Run of the Mills Upcoming El despojo: ¿Alguien ha | Has Anyone? | October 2019
About Poetry Is Busy event at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts Gallery in Boston
Everything Leaves Broadside. Letterpress printed from hand-set lead type and linoleum on Rives BFK by Erica Mena for Puerto Rico en mi corazón.
(Spanish) Poet resident for 80 Grados website
(Spanish) Columnist for Buscapié at El Nuevo Día Newspaper
Participatory Bilingual recitation poem performed by Yara Liceaga-Rojas at Mind The Gap, February 2019 at Green Street Studios
From the unpublished book "Amaratada", poem "Voy a tu encuentro sal"

I Have Worked With

  • January 2020

    Creation/Facilitation of 2-Day Community-Engaged Art Project Workshop 

    The workshop was co-created & co-facilitated by me and artist Shey Rivera. It was a partnership between the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Assets for Artists, and us to bring the workshop to 21 Western Massachusetts artists from different art practices.

  • February 2019

    Bilingual in Spanish, participatory Poetry Reading at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, for performance and dance event Mind The Gap, curated by Kristin Wagner. I made a reading that required audience participation: each person reciting my poem to the person next to them, in Spanish. 

  • November 2018

    Bilingual in Spanish, interactive Poetry Reading at AS220 Black Box in Providence, for performance and multidisciplinary arts event Luna Loba IX: The Victory part 1, curated by Shey Rivera. I made a reading that required audience participation: each person reciting my poem to the person next to them, in Spanish. 


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

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Poet-Writer/Performer/Cultural Worker/Educator
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Cambridge, MA 02139
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Humanities - Literature
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Publishing
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Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
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General Public
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Artist (Individual)
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

The Boston Foundation Brother Thomas 2019 Fellow
City of Boston Certified Artist
The Boston Foundation Live Arts Boston 2019 Grantee
2019 Resident Artist at Run Off the Mills, Boston Center for the Arts' Mills Gallery
City of Boston Opportunity Fund 2020
Cambridge Arts Grant 2018
City of Boston Opportunity Fund 2018
Kindle Project LLC November 2018 Carousel Grant
Creative City Grantee/Alum Network
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
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I am a Teaching Artist

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Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
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Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
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BA in Education, Major: Spanish
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