Vanessa Chica Ferreira

Yonkers, New York

(646) 938-2346

VanessaChica.Com

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Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

 

Mercy College Masters of Science Degree, Elementary Education, July 2007

New York State Professional Certification Special Education Birth- 2nd Grade, July 2007


 

Publications

 

“Live Big Girl” Poetry 2018

“The Girl With The Smile” A Collection of Poems 2016

Smokin Word" By Machete Movement- Poetry over Music- Elkat Productions; 2015

"The BX Files" Contemporary Poetry from the Bronx". Elkat Productions; 2015

"Full Circle: Poetry Anthology"By The Sunday Writing Circle, 2014

"No Apologies: Poetry Anthology" By The Sunday Writing Circle, 2013

 

Online Publications

 

Feature Performances

 

2019

 

The New York City Poetry Festival at Governors Island

Great Weather For Media

 

2018

The New York City Poetry Festival at Governors Island

The National Black Theatre “Live Big Girl”

BAAD! ASS Women’s Festival at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Ladyfest At The Tank Theater “Live Big Girl”

Capicu Culture Poetry Showcase

York College (Her) Story

Boricua College- Reflections of Puerto Rican Culture


 

2017

Association of Writers and Writing Programs- Tampa, F.L. “Dique Dominicana”



 

2016

Association of Writers and Writing Programs -Los Angeles, C.A.

Poetic Play “I Have No Room For The Broken”.

 

2015

 

The National Black Theatre “Misconceptions”

The Full Circle Ensemble Presents “Notes and Poems”

Smokin Word and Drum Open Mic Series “One Mic”

Urban Crossings/ Travesías urbanas: All female poetry reading, photography exhibition and open mic

From The Page To The Stage at The National Black Theatre

 

2014

 

The Sunday Writer’s Circle Open Mic and Book Release

Voices III Celebrating Identity

Smokin Word and Drum- From The Bronx to Loisaida

“La Revolucion” Richmond Hill Library

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe “Breathless Wordz

El Fogon Center For The Arts-

 

2013

 

Babble In The Bronx

 

Links to Poetry Performances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=eKsFboJsmx0

Conferences

 

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Featured Reading- Mujeres At The Mic: A Reading By Nuyorican Women Writers, organizer and moderator, Los Angeles, C.A. 2016

 

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, A Featured Reading Dique Dominicana: A Reading by Dominican Women Writers,Tampa, FL, March 2018


 

Facilitated Workshops

 

A Live Big Project: a  7 week writing workshop promoting living big in your body,  February 2018

The New York City Writing Project: 3rd and 4th graders after school writing project. October 2017 ( Ongoing).

 

The Abuela Stories Project Visits Poe Park: a free workshop, photography exhibition and open mic, Co-Facilitated, February 2017


 

Radio and Television Appearances

Sixto Ramos show

BronxNet Open

WHCR 90.3 The Voice of Harlem


 

Professional Memberships

 

Poets and Writers

Association of Writers & Writing Programs(AWP)





Writing Samples

 

Tank of a Woman

 

Tank of a woman

The world knows nothing of your soft

The delicate in your shoulders

The warm scent in the nape of your meaty neck

They know nothing

Judged in a fraction of a second

In the jiggle of exposed arms

Cookie to mouth

They bully you into measuring cups

Stares in sync with the shaking of your thighs

You just want to swim

But you are frozen

 

Tank of a woman

Melt into yourself

Become water

Become wave

 

Gather yourself and become tsunami

The world is full of opinions and you

are more than than just an opinion

Tank of a woman

 

Drown them!





F U L L

 

He said my name like it was a celebration

Crossed the distance of 3 years

with opened arms

Insisting on a tight hug

Mouth full of hair I heard him say something that sounded like;

You were so good to me

He began to reminisce

About rainy nights

And how we were ahead of the Curve

Said

When we were together

Made us an item

His slurred memories

So much happier than mine

He constant sway

A drowning tide

Sits at the bar

Mouth full of grease

Speaks on the possibility of a lunch date

 

Selfish ocean

accustomed to swallowing

Does not believe me

When I tell him I am not hungry





Sanctuary

 

A sanctuary, where they come to be healed.

They speak their disappointments,

Gathering them into my hands

I make their load easier to carry.

Who assigned me this wearisome responsibility?

An heirloom blanket placed on my shoulders

Stitched words read “rest here”.

Passed down from my grandmother,

“Toma linda, ahora te toca a ti”

(“here beautiful, it is now your turn”).

I asked my mother how she managed to escape tradition.

Manipulate womanhood?

She responded. “Eres como tu abuela”

(”You are like your grandmother”) you care too much.

I asked her to teach me how not to care, or to care a little less.

“No puedo mi hija, no es algo que se aprende”

(“I can’t my daughter, it’s not something you learn”)

“Pero mami,” (But mom)

“Estoy cansada” (I am tired).