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Ricardo Nazario y Colón

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Occupation  Poet
Name  Ricardo y
Role  Poet

Ricardo Nazario y Colon
Born  1967South Bronx, New York
Books  Of Jibaros and Hillbillies
Education  Fordham University, Pace University, University of Kentucky

Ricardo nazario y col n performing witness at frostburg state university

Ricardo Nazario y Colón (born 1967) is a Puerto Rican poet, artist, higher education administrator, author, language teacher, and former United States Marine.



Ricardo Nazario y Colón was born in 1967 in the old Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx to Francisca Colón Lopez, a waitress, and Benito Reinaldo Nazario Acosta, a piano finisher. He is a poet, environmental justice advocate and diversity consultant from the South Bronx area of New York City. He has two older brothers, Roberto and Oscar, a younger brother, Jonath Colon (FKA Ismael), and two younger sisters, Maritza and Solmelissa. In 2011 he was appointed by the Governor of Kentucky Steve Beshear to serve on the state's Native American Heritage Commission.


Ricardo Nazario y Colón attended Jesus T. Piñero primary school in Carruzos, Puerto Rico and Lou Gehrig I.S. 151 in the South Bronx. After attending the DeWitt Clinton High School where he lettered in Cross Country and Track, he entered Fordham University in 1984 to study computer science on a Track Scholarship and lettered his freshmen year. In 1985 he entered the United States Marine Corps and trained at Parris Island, South Carolina and graduated as a Private First Class. In 1992 he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky in Latin American Studies and Spanish Literature. In 1996, he received a Master of Science from Pace University (NY).

Affrilachian poets

As a student at the University of Kentucky Nazario y Colón became a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. In 2001 he was featured in the PBS documentary Coal Black Voices produced by the Media Working Group. Featuring 2011 National Book Award Winner Nikky Finney, 2005 Lanaan Fellowship Award Winner Frank X Walker, Crystal Wilkinson, Kelly Norman Ellis, Paul C. Taylor, Bernard Clay, Mitchell L.H. Douglass, Daundra Scisney, and Shanna Smith. In addition, commentary was provided by Gurney Norman (2009 KY Poet Laureate) and C. Daniel Dawson, African Art Historian. His work has been featured on the Bob Edwards show, and the Kentucky NPR Affiliates WFPL and WUKY as well as in the program Casting the Dye: a Reading with the Affrilachian Poets, recorded Thursday, February 12, 2009, at The Art Institute of Chicago. Speakers include: Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Parneshia Jones, Kelly Norman Ellis, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Ellen Hagan, Frank X Walker, and Stephanie Pruitt, with a special guest reading by National Book Award nominee Patricia Smith on Chicago's WEBZ.

For the last 20 years Nazario y Colón has been traveling the Appalachian Region and other parts of the United States consulting on diversity, leadership development and working with community groups and universities. As a member of the Affrilachian Poets he is particularly engaged in the fight against mountaintop removal mining and works to educate individuals outside the Appalachian region.


Ricardo has been published by the following publications.

  • The Round Table #45, 2011
  • Mountain Sand & Gravel #14: America (2011)
  • A Hudson View Summer 2010
  • Acentos Review (online publication)
  • (online publication)
  • Aphros Literary Magazine (Pace University)
  • Arts Across Kentucky Magazine (Spring 2003)
  • BlazeVox (online publication)
  • Broken Circles anthology (Hunger Project, Cave Moon Press August 2011)
  • Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium: An Anthology of Contemporary Midwestern Poetry (Purdue University Haraka Press 1998)
  • Falling Star Magazine (Spring 2005)
  • LexArts Magazine (Issue 12)
  • Louisville Review (Fall 2009)
  • Anthologies

    Ricardo has been Anthologized by the following publications.

  • Broken Circles: The Food Anthology by Cave Moon Press (August 2011)
  • Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium: An Anthology of Contemporary Midwestern Poetry (Purdue University Haraka Press 1998)
  • Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Contemporary Appalachia (Texas Review Press December 2010)
  • Video Features

  • Coal Black Voices: the History of the Affrilachian Poets, which received the 2002-2003 Jesse Stuart Award presented by the Kentucky School Media Association
  • KY2NYC: Art/life & 9.11, exploring the effects of 9.11 on the arts community.
  • References

    Ricardo Nazario y Colón Wikipedia

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