Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
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 creative writing workshops with GrubStreet in the Boston Public Libraries, as well as private Spanish language classes, to a wide audience (ages 5 to 70).

Additional Links: 
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

  • September 2018

    At the Peace Garden, presented the literary project "Acentos espesos/Thick Accents", part of the Creative City 2018 program. With choreographer Marsha Parrilla, bailadora Elizabeth Pabón and artist Dey Hernández, along with the music from Albino Mbie Trio, artists interpreted the poems I created from the interviews to Latinx community members and bussiness owners from Jamaica Plain. 

  • April 2018

    Create and present new work for We Create Celebrating Woman in Arts Festival 2018, organized and produced by Marsha Parrilla, artistc director of Danza Orgánica. Did a performance poetry piece about my mother's death with audiovisual work from Puerto Rican artist Marisol Plard Narváez. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Yara
Job Title/Position: 
Poet-Writer/Performer/Cultural Worker/Educator
Physical Address: 
Cambridge, MA 02138
Last Name: 
Liceaga-Rojas
Phone: 
7876308856

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Literature
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Publishing
Media - Marketing / Advertising
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Languages Available: 
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Funding
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Publishing
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
4
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
State
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Cambridge Arts Grant 2018
City of Boston Opportunity Fund 2018
City of Boston Certified Artist
Creative City Grantee/Alum Network
Kindle Project LLC November 2018 Carousel Grant
The Boston Foundation Live Arts Boston Grantee
The Boston Foundation Brother Thomas 2019 Fellow
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Microphone
Sound System
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
8

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Literature
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
BA in Education, Major: Spanish
Fee Range Minimum: 
$150
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500